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BOEC lands “Quality of Life’ grant

Published: February 14, 2004

BRECKENRIDGE – The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) has awarded the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant as part of more than $713,000 it distributed to 103 organizations nationwide recently.

Hormone released by bone marrow cells may hasten recovery from brain injury

Published: February 13, 2004

Melissa Holley, the first person in the world to get macrophage injections for a spinal cord injury, is a believer.

“I can’t ignore the fact that I’ve gotten so much back,” said Holley, 22. “I’m very excited about (the procedure) coming to Denver.”

He’s a whole bunch of miracles wrapped up in one

Published: February 13, 2004

RANKLIN — Jeremy Sublett began playing football at Franklin-Simpson High School last fall. He was just looking for something to do to pass the time.

Jeremy played linebacker, wide receiver and just about anything else, mostly on the junior varsity team.

Scientists create human embryos through cloning, extract embryonic stem cells

Published: February 12, 2004

For the first time, scientists have achievedhuman “therapeutic cloning,” creating human embryos through cloning and extracting stem cells that were thenmorphed into other kinds of cells.

The stunning announcement, being made today by Korean scientists at a major American science conference in Seattle, boosts hope for stem-cell therapies for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, spinal-cord injuries and other diseases — though such treatments remain years away.

Researchers: Don’t try to clone babies

Published: February 12, 2004

The South Korean researchers who made history this week in creating human embryos through cloning and extracting viable stem cells say they adamantly oppose cloning to make babies.

“We are in the position against reproductive cloning,” Woo Suk Hwang said Thursday at an American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Seattle.

Stem Cell Research Offers Hope For Some

Published: February 12, 2004

KIRKLAND – Hal Newsom never knows if he’s going to have a good day or a bad day.

“Every day in my life I go through anxiety,” he said. “Some days I don’t know if I’ll be able to tie my shoe. I shuffle. Some days I stoop. Other days I’m having a happy time, like skiing.”

Today, he’s more hopeful good days are ahead. The new stem cell research out of South Korea makes him wonder, ‘what if’ doctors could find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease in his lifetime?

Therapeutic Cloning Prompts Call for Ban

Published: February 12, 2004

First Human Cloning to Obtain Stem Cells Sparks Calls for Ban on All Cloning in United States

SEATTLE Feb. 12 — In a clash of politics and science, the first successful cloning of a human embryo and the extraction of stem cells from it has ignited new calls for a ban on all forms of human cloning in the United States.

Lawmakers oppose U of M’s stem cell research plan

Published: February 12, 2004

Dozens of lawmakers are prepared to stand behind a bill that would deny public money to institutions that conduct research on human embryos. The bill, introduced Thursday, is a threat to the University of Minnesota, where officials announced this week they will pursue embryonic stem cell research.

New Insights Into Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: February 12, 2004

People who suffer a spinal injury can still generate leg muscle activity independent of brain signals, says a study in the new issue of Spinal Cord.

Previous research showed locomotor training, such as exercising patients on treadmills, helps people who have suffered a spinal cord injury to learn to walk again.

Scientists Clone First Human Embryo

Published: February 12, 2004

Genetically Identical Cells May One Day Cure Disease

Researchers in South Korea say they are the first to successfully clone a human embryo and use it to create stem cells that may one day provide the foundation for curing diseases from diabetes to Parkinson’s.

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