Yvonne Carts-Powell

Wow! Stem Cells Undo Birth Defects in Mice

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2009 at 2:45 pm

“Scientists have successfully reversed neural birth defects in mice whose mothers were given heroin during pregnancy… they induced the brain’s own cells to carry out extensive repairs.” -Jocelyn Rice

What this isn’t: this is not medicine that can be used now. It is not something that has even begun being tested on humans.

What is it: an indication that stem cells are valuable as chaperones — guiding other cells to fix damage and maintain tissue properly — rather than is the actual mechanics fixing damage.

That’s very exciting!

Technology Review: Stem Cells Undo Birth Defects.


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