Stem cell transplants repair heroin related brain damage in rodents.

To add to the growing body of evidence that stem cell research can be a boon to medicine and to our aging population, an article published today in Technology Review reports that "By injecting stem cells directly into the brain, scientists have successfully reversed neural birth defects in mice whose mothers were given heroin during pregnancy. Even though most of the transplanted cells did not survive, they induced the brain's own cells to carry out extensive repairs."

I wonder how many more transformative medical remedies it will take to sway obtuse opponents of stem cell research?

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Comment by Frink on January 7, 2009 at 3:36pm
What really gives the lie to their cause is their opposition to stem cell research of any kind, even though we are fully capable of reverting skin cells back to stem cells, then use those instead of embryonic stem cells. The ethical dilemma, if there was one, has been solved. What gives?

Oh, right: the insatiable conservative/fundamentalist ego. Imagine how many lives we could have saved had this group of simpletons simply admitted they're wrong once in awhile.

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