After decade of controversy, fetal stem cells reemerge as Parkison’s treatment target

| | June 13, 2014

A neurosurgery team will next month transplant cells from aborted human fetuses into the brain of a person with Parkinson’s disease. The operation breaks a decade-long international moratorium on the controversial therapy that was imposed after many patients failed to benefit and no one could work out why.

But the trial comes just as other sources of replacement cells derived from human stem cells are rapidly approaching the clinic. And this time, scientists want to make sure that things go better. So the teams involved in all the planned trials have formed a working group to standardize their research and clinical protocols in the hope that their results will be more easily interpretable.

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