Thoughts of an American Centrist

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Promising Research on Stem Cells

Reuters reports:

WASHINGTON - Genetically engineered stem cells can help rats’ severed spinal cords grow back together, according to a study published Tuesday.

Rats given the treatment, using stem cells taken from rat embryos, could move their legs again after their spines were severed in the lab, said the researchers’ report in the Journal of Neuroscience.
For opponents of stem cell research, the favorite argument of "we can't even be sure any cures would be found" is getting thinner every day. This is some of the most auspicious experiments yet when it comes to repairing debilitating spinal injuries. American people to US Senate: "Expand funding for stem cell research now!"


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