Stem Cells

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Its no secret that you can go overseas, notably to Asia, to receive embryonic stem cell treatments for a variety of neurological disorders. Well, I just found an interesting website which reports on the progress of China’s stem cell therapies (mostly for wealthy Westerners) as well as patient follow-ups to track the recovery post-op. Take…

It wouldn’t be funny, really, unless it was in the Onion. My favorite: “Maybe Bush would pass the bill if, instead of research, the stem cells would be used for torture.” Ah the Onion. Irreverent to the last. (Thanks to Kendra!)

“These boys and girls are not spare parts,” he said of the children in the audience. “They remind us of what is lost when embryos are destroyed in the name of research. They remind us that we all begin our lives as a small collection of cells.” Yeah, so what? So does a tumor. Bush…

One veto, as promised. I’m too disgusted to write anything else right now.

The ScienceBlog-osphere has been abuzz lately with the current machinations the Bush administration’s stem cell policy. As Nick Anthis, Matt Nisbet, and Ed Brayton have all mentioned, the controversy stems from Bush’s threat to use, for the first time, a presidential veto to block a bill, passed by the House and expected to pass in…

This is a major landmark for stem cell therapy. Motor neurons derived from embryonic stem cells were implanted into paralyzed rats, which partially restored their ability to move like normal. A team of researchers at John Hopkins used a unique method to encourage the new spinal nerves to connect to muscles: a combination of transplanted…

I found an amazing plethora of free-access articles and resource material on stem cells (from the journal Nature). The author of one (Sean Morrison) is a very well-known researcher here at UM Neuroscience. (Links below the fold).