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Old 02-05-2009, 08:11 PM
Location: Texas
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The simple recipe scientists earlier discovered for making adult stem cells behave like embryonic-like stem cells just got even simpler. A new report in the February 6th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, shows for the first time that neural stem cells taken from adult mice can take on the characteristics of embryonic stem cells with the addition of a single transcription factor. Transcription factors are genes that control the activity of other genes.
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:57 AM
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It just keeps getting better and better as they are really advancing in their knowledge of stem cells.

With the recient stem cell success of growing an organ (trachea) in the lab that was transplanted into a lady in spain last year with no immune rejection. The recient clinical trial success in using stem cells reversing paralyses in multiple sclerosis. The Geron Corp will start the first ever clinical trial injecting stem cells in human spinal cord's for spinal cord paralyses this spring and also Neuralstem will start the first ever human trials of injecting stem cells in the spinal cords for ALS or Lou Gehrigs disease this summer.

Just read this today where scientists in Japan injected stem cells in mice that were 100% paralysed as they had their spines surgically damaged and after just 30 days the mice are all walking and running again.
Japanese cure spinal damage in mice
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