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Stem cell therapy to be tested on spinal cord injuries… January 29, 2009

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The FDA approves the first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells, which now appear safe enough to use on humans.

By Karen Kaplan
LOS ANGELES TIMES

Ushering in a new era in medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it had cleared the way for the world’s first clinical trial of a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells.

By early summer, a handful of patients with severe spinal cord injuries will be eligible for injections of specialized nerve cells designed to enable electrical signals to travel between the brain and the rest of the body. When the cells were administered to rats that had lost control of their hind legs, they regained the ability to walk and run, albeit with a limp…

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