Interesting Stem Cell News breaks.. I will watching action today in ASTM, STEM, GERN, and VIAC

Monday, March 24, 2008

Mice with Parkinson's cured using cloned stem cells in study - reports researchers cured mice with a version of Parkinson's disease by treating them with brain cells made from clones of their own skin cells. The researchers employed nuclear transfer, which involves swapping genetic material from one individual into an egg cell belonging to another. The same procedure was used to create Dolly the sheep, one of the first animals produced by cloning. The findings, published today in the journal Nature Medicine, offer a glimpse into how the cloning technique might one day be used to develop therapies, as opposed to making copies of an individual. There are still hurdles to clear before the technique could be used in people with Parkinson's, said Mark Tomashima, a stem cell researcher at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York. Stem cell stocks include ASTM, STEM, GERN and VIAC (being acquired))