US doctors to use stem cells to repair patient's damaged spinal cord

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    This will cause controversy, because they're using embryonic stem cells. Up until now one argument has been that no therapy has ever been developed using ESCs. Be prepared for a renewed and virulent debate.
     
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    I'm really surprised people haven't jumped all over this topic, especially in an election year. I thought we'd have at least a few posts on "snowflake children" by now. :confused:
     
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    Oh, they will read about it eventually, then we will see a multitude of posts stating that they are killing babys for this medical procedure.
     
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    It's hard to argue against curing paraplegics and the blind.
     
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    It was also very hard to argue that Terry Schiavo wasn't brain-dead, but people did anyway, including a doctor in Congress that never even examined her. He should have known better, but was blinded by his political bias.
     
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    Stem cells hold potential for treating spinal cord injuries. Based on the findings from a large number of animal studies, scientists are working on the ways that stem cells may contribute to spinal cord repair: stem cells may be used to replace the nerve cells that have died as a result of the injury; Stem cells may be used to generate new supporting cells that will re-form the insulating nerve sheath (myelin) and stimulate re-growth of damaged nerves; When introduced into the spinal cord shortly after injury, stem cells may protect the cells at the injury site from further damage, by releasing protective factors.
    http://www.eurostemcell.org/faq/what-can-stem-cells-do-spinal-cord-injuries Meister
     

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