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FDA Approves Study Using Human Stem Cells

A California biotechnology company plans to launch the first government-approved clinical trial testing human embryonic stem cells on people by next summer after receiving federal approval yesterday. The new study will mark the first authorized use of those derived from embryos. The Food and Drug Administration approved a request from Geron of Menlo Park to test the stem cells on eight to ten patients with severe spinal cord injuries.

A California biotechnology company plans to launch the first government-approved clinical trial testing human embryonic stem cells on people by next summer after receiving federal approval yesterday. The new study will mark the first authorized use of those derived from embryos. The Food and Drug Administration approved a request from Geron of Menlo Park to test the stem cells on eight to ten patients with severe spinal cord injuries.

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