Monday, October 27, 2008

Embryonic Stem Cell Trials on the Horizon

Embryonic stem cells will be tested on humans for the first time to prove they can safely and effectively repair damaged spinal cords.

Former Melbourne scientist and world-renowned biologist Prof.. Alan Trounson will announce the world-first tests at the AusBiotech 2008 conference in Melbourne today.

Scientists are also preparing to do clinical trials using human embryonic stem cells to treat ailments including blindness and diabetes.

"We are on the front edge of a medical revolution," said Prof. Trounson, who now heads the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in San Francisco.

He said Victoria was playing a key role in the development of stem cell technologies.

"The world is incredibly optimistic about the use of stem cells, embryonic or other," he said.

"There will be treatments, there will be cures and Victoria has moved up to the front line."

Prof. Trounson said the controversial therapy - because the cells come from discarded embryos -- was now ready to prove its potential.


Submitted my:
Margaret Rose Tollerton (MRT)
Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures
Columbia Regional Organizer

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