Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Groundbreaking Italian stem-cell research bears first fruits

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Rome, June 24 - Human stem-cell therapy could
combat incurable degenerative neuromuscular diseases such as
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's
disease, Italian researchers announced on Monday.
Six patients involved in preliminary tests showed no
adverse reactions to stem cells grafted into their bone marrow.
"These are just the first steps. But we already have the
green light from the National Institutes of Health for the next
phase trials, which will involve six more patients and then six
more. After that, we can move on to demonstrating the therapy
can actually stop the disease," said chief researcher Angelo
Vescovi.
This is the first experiment in the world with this kind of
therapy, which involved using neural cells from miscarried
fetuses to produce unlimited quantities of stem cells.
"Vescovi's reasearch is avant-guarde. If it is proven
effective, the Italian method could be the cure for fatal
diseases," said Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.

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