January 2005: Cloning & Stem Cell Research

Woman Walks Again After Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Reparation   Stem Cells May Heal Multiple Sclerosis Damage: Promising Results Seen in Lab Tests on Mice    Adult Stem Cell Research Can Improve Vision, Treat Cancer and Heart Damage   British Researchers To Attempt Liver Damage Repair Using Bone Marrow Stem Cells   New Type of Adult Stem Cell Shows Exciting Similarity to Embryonic Stem Cell Flexibility   Phenomenal Ethical Stem Cell Research   Canadian Biotechnology Expert Denounces the Creation of ‘Quasi-Embryos’ as “Morally Repugnant”   WOMAN WALKS AGAIN AFTER UMBILICAL CORD STEM CELL REPARATION – a South Korean woman, paralyzed and bedridden for 20 years, is walking again (with the help of a walking aid), 6 weeks after scientists repaired her damaged spine, using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood (12Oct04). The South Korean research team says that this case could signal a leap forward in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. “We have glimpsed at a silver lining over the horizon,” said an excited Song Chang-Hoon, professor at Chosun University medical school. “We were all surprised at the fast improvements in the patient.” According to experts, umbilical cord blood stem cells seldom trigger negative immune response from recipients; thus, there are less problems with such transplants. On the other hand, embryonic stem cells still have immune problems and also have a tendency to develop into tumors after injection into animals or humans. In this surgery, multipotent stem cells found in umbilical cord blood were directly injected into the damaged part of Soon’s spinal cord. [“Paralyzed Woman Walks Again After Stem Cell Therapy,” Turkish Press, November 28, 2004; 1Dec04;...