Stem Cell Study Shown To Reverse Birth Defects

January 8, 2009

Israel (ChattahBox) – Scientists have successfully used stem cells to reverse birth defects in mice, who’s mothers had been injected with heroine during the gestational period, according to a new study by the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School’s Ross Laboratory for Studies in Neural Birth Defects.

The method, which uses stem cells that have been injected directly in the brain, has already been shown effective in many other neurological disorders, as well as damage caused by strokes, but this is the first time it has been used for treatment of birth defects.

Joseph Yanai, the head researcher on the project, is hopeful that the effects can be further extended, and offer hope to millions who have been effected by brain damage. “If you use neural stem cells they are your little doctors,” he explained. “They’re looking for the defect, they’re diagnosing it, and they’re differentiating into what’s needed to repair the defect. They are doing my job, in a way.”

Further tests are planned to prove how effective the use of adult stem cells are combating devastating disease and brain disorders, and how they can easily be used to regenerate cells, even though only a fraction of the original injection can survive within the body.


3 Responses to “Stem Cell Study Shown To Reverse Birth Defects”

  1. Ginna Dorkin on January 9th, 2009 6:40 am

    Another very interesting post on stem cells. Nowadays we see more and more info every day about the use of stem cells. One such came in “The Washington Times” Stem Cells Can Aid Spinal Disc Repair. This is going to be a real hope, of an effective new treatment for the many sufferers of low back pain

  2. julius steinbeck on January 9th, 2009 2:41 pm

    What is the source of the mentioned data? Is there a peer reviewed scientific publication on this? I would be interested.

  3. admin on January 9th, 2009 3:30 pm

    You can take a look at these papers:

    Katz S., T. Ben-Hur , T. L. Ben-Shaanan, and J. Yanai. Reversal of heroin neurobehavioral teratogenicity by grafting of neural progenitors. Journal of Neurochemistry, in press.

    Tamar L. Ben-Shaanan T. L., T. Ben-Hur, and J. Yanai. Transplantation of neural progenitors enhances production of endogenous cells in the impaired brain. Molecular Psychiatry, in press.

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