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World-first cell trial raises concerns

Published: January 20, 2011

The $1 million price tag for a trial injecting nose cells into spinal-injury patients would be better spent helping people live with their disabilities, some experts say.

However, those involved with the trial say the New Zealand study will have international significance and funding everyday needs is like pouring money into a “great bottomless pit”.

The Ministry of Health multi-region ethics committee gave consent this week for an experimental trial which will see cells from people’s noses injected into the site of their spinal injuries.

Twelve paraplegics, half of whom will have the operation, will be accepted for the trial. The remaining six in the control group will get intensive rehabilitation.

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