Saturday, March 11, 2006

University Reports Successful Stem-Cell Experiment

Spokesman Says Nerve Repair Takes Major Step

The University of Louisville is reporting a second successful experiment in its stem-cell research.

A spokesman said it's a major step in nerve repair that offers hope for treating an array of disorders, television station WLKY reported.

A rat with a spinal-cord injury was able to move normally just weeks after an injection containing adult stem cells from a human nose.

The nose cells were transformed into nerve cells.

Scientists said they hope the research on rats will lead to treatments for spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and other nerve disorders.