Scientists Ready For First Tests Of Stem Cell Therapy In Humans To Treat Progressive Form Of Blindness.

The Washington Post (8/30, Stein) reports that “even as supporters of human embryonic stem cell research are reeling from last week’s sudden cutoff of federal funding, another portentous landmark is quietly approaching: the world’s first attempt to carefully test the cells in people.” Scientists “are poised to inject cells created from embryonic stem cells into some patients with a progressive form of blindness.” Now, Advanced Cell Technology is “hoping for the FDA’s go-ahead to start possibly even sooner injecting 50,000 to 200,000 cells into the eyes of 12 patients suffering from Stargardt’s macular dystrophy.”

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