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FDA approves firstbrain cell transplant
06-28-2011, 05:41 AM #1
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ederal regulators on Thursday approved what would be the first transplant of fetal stem cells into human brains, a procedure that if successful could open the door to treating a host of neural disorders.

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The transplant recipients will be children who suffer from a rare, fatal genetic disorder.

The Food and Drug Administration said that doctors at Stanford University Medical Center can begin the testing on six children afflicted with Batten disease, a degenerative malady that renders its young victims blind, speechless and paralyzed before it kills them.

An internal Stanford review board must still approve the test, a process that could take weeks.

The stem cells to be transplanted in the brain aren’t human embryonic stem cells, which are derived from days-old embryos. Instead, the cells are immature neural cells that are destined to turn into the mature cells that makeup a fully formed brain.

Parkinson’s disease patients and stroke victims have received transplants of fully formed brain cells before, but the malleable brain cells involved here have never before been implanted.

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06-28-2011, 09:29 AM #2
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Far out..."from fetal tissue" blink.gif

New hope for a lot of people though, I guess.
06-28-2011, 09:54 AM #3
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(06-28-2011, 09:29 AM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  Far out..."from fetal tissue" blink.gif

New hope for a lot of people though, I guess.
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