July & June 2007: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

Adult Stem Cell Research Makes Progress for Heart Patients as Embryonic Debate Goes On Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Research Treatments Help Children With Type 1 Diabetes   Adult Stem Cells From Human Umbilical Cord Blood Successfully Engineered To Make Insulin (CP, 6/07)  Study Shows Adult Stem Cell Research Helps Type 1 Diabetics (JAMA, 4/07) Adult Stem Cell Patch Restores Vision: Corneal Cultivation Opens Way to Assist People with Eye Surface Damage UK Reproductive Tech Bill Allows Much More than Human/Animal Hybrids NEW! US House Committee Adopts Amendment for Adult Stem Cell Research Inventory Program; Congress Works Toward Funding Ethical Stem Cell Research   Ireland Neurologist: Patients Being Misled About Embryonic Stem Cell Research Benefits Stowers Embryonic Stem Cell Research Institute Puts Expansion Plans on Hold     Delaware Defeats Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill…   ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH MAKES PROGRESS AS EMBRYONIC DEBATE GOES ON. As politicians continue to debate funding embryonic stem cell research, studies on adult stem cells show continued promise. In the first trial of its kind in the world, 60 patients who have recently suffered a major heart attack will be injected with selected stem cells from their own bone marrow during routine coronary bypass surgery. The Bristol trial will test whether the stem cells will repair heart muscle cells damaged by the heart attack, by preventing late scar formation and hence impaired heart contraction. Dr. Raimondo Ascione [University of Bristol and colleagues at the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI)] have been awarded a grant of £210,000 from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to conduct the clinical trial. Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director of the BHF, said: ”We hope that...

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;...