Do you think that if Government funded stem cell research had not been banned, that a cure for some paralysis patients would have been found?
U.S. doctors have made medical history by using human embryonic stem cells to treat a patient, it was announced Monday.
The pioneering but controversial treatment was done Friday on a volunteer at the the Shepherd Center spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta.
Doctors hope the manufactured nerve cells will prompt damaged spinal column nerves to regrow — and enable the patient to eventually recover feeling and movement.
"When we started working with human embryonic stem cells in 1999, many predicted that would be a number of decades before a cell therapy would be approved for human clinical trials," said Dr. Thomas Okarma, president of Geron, a biotech company that has already spent $170 million developing a stem cell treatment for spinal cord injuries.