Friday, September 23, 2005

Adult Stem Cell Research in Korea Highly Successful

The Korea Herald reports that in spite of the recent hype over Professor Hwang Woo-suk's cloning research, researchers using the ethical alternative of adult stem cells are making "big strides forward, yielding more tangible results".

The latest success in adult stem cell research involves treatment of 74 patients. Five had cerebral infarction, 23 had Buerger's disease (a disorder of the blood vessels at the hands or feet), 11 had femur head avascular necrosis (a disease resulting from the temporary or permanent loss of the blood supply to the bones in upper legs), and 35 suffered from nonunion of bone fractures.