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Stem Cell Trial Offers Hope to Patients With Spinal Injuries

Paraplegic patients who are unable to walk as a result of spinal injuries are to take part in a clinical trial to test the use of embryonic stem cells as a treatment. The test will involve ten patients with severe spinal injuries who will receive a single injection of therapeutic stem cells in their spinal cords. The US Food and Drug Administration has given approval for the pilot study and it is hoped the embryonic stem cell-derived progenitor cells, which have already been shown to repair nerves in animals with spinal damage, will show the same results in humans.

Paraplegic patients who are unable to walk as a result of spinal injuries are to take part in a clinical trial to test the use of embryonic stem cells as a treatment. The test will involve ten patients with severe spinal injuries who will receive a single injection of therapeutic stem cells in their spinal cords. The US Food and Drug Administration has given approval for the pilot study and it is hoped the embryonic stem cell-derived progenitor cells, which have already been shown to repair nerves in animals with spinal damage, will show the same results in humans.

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