Stem cell research

In an apparent major breakthrough, scientists in Korea report using umbilical cord blood stem cells to restore feeling and mobility to a spinal-cord injury patient. The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cythotherapy, centered on a woman who had been a paraplegic 19 years due to an accident. After an infusion of umbilical cord blood stem cells, stunning results were recorded: "The patient could move her hips and feel her hip skin on day 15 after transplantation. On day 25 after transplantation her feet responded to stimulation."



3 thoughts on “Stem cell research

  1. I am not a science student and just know very little about biology things. I only know spinal cord is very important for sending neural signals from receptors to our brain and vice versa. If there is a spinal cord injury, that patient is not able to have certain sensations and therefore cannot give appropriate responses. It is really inconvenient. If the infusion of umbilical cord blood stem cells really helps, it is a great news to patients. But I think more research should be done before we can be sure the effect of this findings, especially whether there are side effects.

  2. I am not an expert on such matters either. But one question is whether the benefit of such a procedure is long-lasting. Also, I guess a major significance of this experiment is that it relies on umbilical cord blood stem cells rather than embryonic cells, which hopefully would bypass some of the moral objections that some people have.

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