Daily Archives: October 4, 2004
With only 29 days left until Election Day, democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry and actor-turned-activist Michael J. Fox discussed the issue of stem cell research with an enthusiastic crowd Monday morning at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H.
In August of 2001 President Bush announced that the federal government would only support restricted study of stem cells.
(Reuters) – Geron Corp. (GERN.O:Research) said on Tuesday it was granted a patent on a type of human embryonic stem cell growth technology, sending shares of the Biotechnology company up 10 percent.
Human embryonic stem cells are versatile cells that scientists hope to manipulate into various cells and tissues to treat a variety of diseases.
Newswise — Two studies presented at the 129th annual meeting of the American Neurological Association in Toronto describe substances that could help protect nerve cells in the spinal cord, either following injury or in neurodegenerative diseases.
One study describes a “growth factor” that can help damaged nerve fibers to grow back toward their original targets. Another demonstrates that an antibiotic called minocycline can protect nerve cells from dying when their nerve fibers have been damaged. Both studies have implications
The body attempts to heal a damaged spinal cord in much the same way it repairs skin after simple cuts and scrapes, an insight that may lead to new treatments for the thousands of people paralyzed each year because of spinal cord injuries, say scientists at the University of Florida Health Science Center.
Writing in the current Journal of Neuroscience, scientists deliver the first-ever glimpse of how thousands of genes swing into action during the weeks and months after a spinal cord injury, suggesting there may be many more chances to treat the injury than commonly thought.