Umbilical cord blood is an effective alternative source of hematopoietic stem cells ... "
Funny how this Yahoo news story (on the FINANCIAL page??) buries the true significance of this story. Lousiville radio reports it the following way:
University of Louisville scientists say they have made a discovery that could "change the face" of stem-cell research. They says they've discovered cells in the adult body that act like embyronic stem cells. If confirmed, the breakthrough could reduce the calls for embryonic cells research. That issue has caused major political controversy. Researchers from the James Graham Brown Cancer Center made the announcement Monday at a hematology conference.
It appears that Volker Enzmann has done a lot of work in this field, although he doesn't seem to have a moral quarrel with embryonic stem cells.
Someone needs to have a stem cell research ping list. I keep finding these stories which support adult stem cells, bone marrow, cord and placenta matter which don't require butchering a baby, and it seems like someone should have a ping list about these things.
"Funny how this Yahoo news story...."
It's not a news story. PR Newswire (in the byline) publishes press releases, which are written by the featured organizations themselves.
The coolly logical side of the stem-cell debate (the side I prefer most of the time) has ALWAYS said there was much more potential in adult stem cell research than in embryonic stem cells. a) there is no chance of rejection and b) the various processes developed for stimulating a differentiated cell back into a stem cell could be stunningly fertile ground for research.
Stem-cell research at U of L 'major step'
Nerve-repair work offers hope for treating array of disorders
By Laura Ungar
The video is dramatic.
A laboratory rat unable to use its right front paw because of a spinal cord injury struggles to walk across a rope, loses its footing and falls.
Then a rat that had the same injury scurries across the rope without a problem, just weeks after an injection containing adult stem cells from a human nose that were transformed into nerve cells.
The rats are part of a line of groundbreaking research at the University of Louisville that could lead to treatments for spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and other nerve disorders.
The rat's improvement after the injection is the second major discovery in the past few months at UofL that promises progress without using embryonic stem cells.
In December, a research team at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center announced it had transformed stem cells from adult mice into brain, heart, nerve and pancreatic cells.