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First patients enroll in stem cell trials on blindness

WASHINGTON — The first clinical trials that examine the use of stem cells to treat two forms of blindness are ready to begin now that patients have been enrolled, a US company announced on Thursday. A total of 24 patients have entered two separate trials at an eye institute in…

Stem cell scientists turn skin into blood

WASHINGTON — Stem cell researchers have found a way to turn a person’s skin into blood, a process that could be used to treat cancer and other ailments, according to a Canadian study published Sunday. The method uses cells from a patch of a person’s skin and transforms it into…

US treats first patient with human embryonic stem cells

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US doctors have begun treating the first patient with embryonic stem cells as part of the first human study of the controversial treatment authorized by the government, the Geron Corporation said Monday. The patient was enrolled at the Shepherd Center spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation hospital…

Scientists find new way to generate human stem cells

WASHINGTON — US researchers have found a new, “remarkably efficient” way to generate human stem cells that could provide an alternative to using embryonic stem cells in treating disease, a study published Thursday said. The new method does not require risky genetic modification and holds huge therapeutic promise, said the…

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