Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stem cells restore an injured monkey's spine

Japanese scientists have successfully used 4 different kinds of genes, injected into human skin cells to create stem cells that helped to reverse paralysis in a Marmoset monkey (wow that was a mouthful). The monkey in question previously had a partially severed spinal cord causing paralysis from the next down. As of the story being posted "Slappy" (yes I named him Slappy) has recovered 80% of his original strength in his arms, can walk around and has begun climbing again.

From the article: "[Slappy] started to move its limbs again within two to three weeks [after being injected with the stem cell mixture]"

In all seriousness, this is incredible. Wifey and I come from more of a science background and think stem cell research should definitely be pursued much more than drugs for "pain, somewhere, sometimes" fibromyalgia.

"thanks to my treatment I can show you why they call me Slappy, come very close..."
Source -> http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g6udzhonWNxb7k0JA5m3zUajYjqA?docId=CNG.b8e9e74ca1623255c8dd0b5233b5ac93.121


In case you don't know where Japan is -> http://maps.google.com/maps?z=5&q=TOKYO&hl=en

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