Stem Cell Research In Brazil

The Kansas City Star reports on the legalization of embryonic stem cell research in Brazil: "As Brazilians in wheelchairs cheered, legislators voted to legalize stem cell research using human embryos - offering hope of one day finding treatments for ailments such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injuries. ... The bill now goes to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is expected to sign it into law." You may recall that adult stem cell therapies for heart disease were trialed in Brazil while the FDA blocked any such work in the US. The Brazilian research community is hard at work on other stem cell projects, so I expect to see more from them in the years ahead.


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