Another Advance in Ethical Stem Cell Research

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on January 14, 2008

Stem cells can be modified to home in where they are needed!

“Researchers at the Biomedical Research Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston modified the surface of human mesenchymal stem cells — a type of adult stem cell that’s a precursor of bone-forming osteoblast cells. This modification directed the stem cells through the bloodstream into bone, where they matured into new bone cells.”

And:

“Without genetically reprogramming a stem cell, which could cause adverse effects, we were able to navigate the cell to a predetermined location — a necessary first step toward achieving tissue regeneration,” study lead author Dr. Robert Sackstein, a bone marrow transplant physician, said in a prepared statement.

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