Monday, November 29, 2004

Paralyzed Woman Walks Again After Stem Cell Therapy

Not from embryonic stem cells or adult stem cells but from umbilical cord blood...

From Paralyzed woman walks again after stem cell therapy:

"The use of stem cells from cord blood could also point to a way to side-step the ethical dispute over the controversial use of embryos in embryonic stem-cell research.

'We have glimpsed at a silver lining over the horizon,' said Song Chang-Hoon, a member of the research team and a professor at Chosun University's medical school in the southwestern city of Kwangju.

'We were all surprised at the fast improvements in the patient.'
Under TV lights and flashing cameras, Hwang stood up from her wheelchair and shuffled forward and back a few paces with the help of the frame at the press conference here on Thursday.

'This is already a miracle for me,' she said. 'I never dreamed of getting to my feet again.'"