Archive for June 13th, 2008

Adult Stem-Cell Research Making Advances

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Australian scientists have unveiled new research that suggests a cure for Parkinson’s disease may be found in human olfactory mucosal stem cells.

The Griffith University study published in the journal Stem Cells found that adult stem cells derived from the noses of Parkinson’s patients were used to successfully treat rats that had been induced with Parkinson’s symptoms. All of the rats improved and there were no tumors as a result of the treatment.

“Now if you think ahead, what [this research] means is any patient – including a Parkinson’s patient – could actually supply their own cells to be changed into the type of tissue you need and then implanted into the body to repair damage,” [ Dr. David Prentice, senior fellow for life sciences at the Family Research Council (FRC)] comments. “And, of course, it’s your own cells, so there’s no transplant rejection.” And because they are adult stem cells, he explains, there are no tumors.

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