Monday, August 2, 2010

Adult stem cell research far ahead of embryonic

A few months ago, Dr. Thomas Einhorn was treating a patient with a broken ankle that wouldn't heal, even with multiple surgeries. So he sought help from the man's own body.

Einhorn drew bone marrow from the man's pelvic bone with a needle, condensed it to about four teaspoons of rich red liquid, and injected that into his ankle.

Four months later the ankle was healed. Einhorn, chairman of orthopedic surgery at Boston University Medical Center, credits "adult" stem cells in the marrow injection. He tried it because of published research from France.

Einhorn's experience isn't a rigorous study. But it's an example of many innovative therapies doctors are studying with adult stem cells. Those are stem cells typically taken from bone marrow and blood - not embryos.

For all the emotional debate that began about a decade ago on allowing the use of embryonic stem cells, it's adult stem cells that are in human testing today. An extensive review of stem cell projects and interviews with two dozen experts reveal a wide range of potential treatments.


Source and More:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_STEM_CELLS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2010-08-02-06-59-36

Stem Cells For Dummies
Molecular and Cell Biology For Dummies

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