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Old 06-12-2009, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Texas
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In a world-first breakthrough, University of New South Wales (UNSW) medical researchers have used stem cells cultured on a simple contact lens to restore sight to sufferers of blinding corneal disease.
Sight was significantly improved within weeks of the procedure, which is simple, inexpensive and requires a minimal hospital stay.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:53 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Stem cells have tremendous potential. I saw a couple other studies where stem cells were used to:

- heal a little German boy's skull which was partially missing after an accident. Skull was regrown using stem cells over a calcium lattice, and bone regrew with no abnormalities.

- people with severe nerve tissue damage - not paralyzed, but in constant pain - report much less pain after treatment with stem cells injected into their nerve tissue

the list goes on. Too bad W chose to throw us back to the stone ages first. Thank God he's out of office.
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Adult stem cells seem to have more promise and fewer adverse side effects. Embryonic stem cell research was allowed but just did not have federal funding.
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