Stem Cell Breakthrough?

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

"Genetics and stem cells are the future of medicine," said Dr. Mohammad Mohsenian, a fertility specialist and gynecologist in Lansing.

It's a breakthrough that could lead to a cure for diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Researchers at Wake Forest and Harvard University have found stem cells in amniotic fluid which would prevent doctors from destroying embryos for research.

"Any condition that requires new tissue will potentially be targeted for treatment," Mohsenian said.

He says the process of obtaining the fluid is simple. A needle is placed into a pregnant woman's abdomen.

"It draws the fluid and is done under local anesthesia. It takes only a few minutes to perform," he added.

A few minutes that could save years of research. Dr. C-C Chang works with adult stem cells at Michigan State University. He says his work with adult cells is limited but that all could change.

"One of the problems with adult stem cells compared to embryonic is they usually have a limited supply," he said.

The amniotic process would give an unlimited supply and unlimited possibilities. Jennifer Burley of the Capital Area Alzheimer's

"I'm pretty confident that within the next 20 to 30 years we will find a cure for this disease and i think this is going to be a step in the right direction," Burley said.

A step that no longer carries the burden of controversy.


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