Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stem cells used to create replacement cornea

In a report titled Stem cells reverse blindness caused by burns, AP reports on an online publication in the New England Journal of Medicine by a team including Graziella Pellegrini of the University of Modena's Center for Regenerative Medicine in Italy wherein (for patients with damaged corneas):

researchers took a small number of stem cells from a patient's healthy eye, multiplied them in the lab and placed them into the burned eye, where they were able to grow new corneal tissue to replace what had been damaged. Since the stem cells are from their own bodies, the patients do not need to take anti-rejection drugs.

This work uses adult stem cells, not stem cells through SCNT,

No mention of this yet on californiastemcellreport.

However, one can find on californiastemreport allusions to CIRM backtracking on SCNT:

Incident at the Marriott: Stem Cell Agency Bars Public From Meeting
which included text from Don Gibbons:

The workshop this week was not on egg donation, it was on nuclear transfer research [SCNT] and whether or not CIRM should continue to consider funding projects in that field or whether other technologies had made the pursuit of this difficult science no longer necessary.

[See also ]

Budget Contretemps: CIRM Takes Another Run at Spending Plan
including a comment reference to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act,


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