Scientists use stem cells to treat rare skin disease

Scientists from the University of Minnesota Medical School, working with their counterparts from Oregon, the United Kingdom and Japan, have found a way to use stem cells from bone marrow to treat a deadly skin disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. The disease causes the skin to flake off easily, resulting in extreme pain. Stem cell therapies have shown to significantly repair damage to the skin of those inflicted with the disease.

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  1. Submitted by Diane Clare on 08/20/2010 - 01:40 pm.

    Headline should have included the source of the stem cells. Stem cell research is a very controversial issue, especially the use of fetus stem cells and human cloning experimentation.
    The article and video cite bone marrow transplant. Do I presume right that bone marrow from a healthy living donor was used for the transplant?

  2. Submitted by brigid mcdonough on 08/20/2010 - 03:03 pm.

    Yes, you have presumed correctly. Bone marrow was taken from a healthy adult donor and was then transplanted in the children. This treatment hasdabsolutely nothing to do with fetus stem cells or cloning.

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