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How far along are we in terms of medical stem cells in human testing?

 
 
Reply Mon 27 Feb, 2012 09:09 pm
I was reading a science article featuring the successful conversion of human skin stem cells into neural stem cells when I began to wonder how far we are away from actually using stem cells in human trials then actual medical treatment.

Is it safe to speculate that if one can convert one type of stem cells to neural stem cells then would it be easier to convert say skin stem cells to help treat nerve damage in the ears?

http://io9.com/5888801/heres-what-it-looks-like-when-you-turn-human-skin-cells-into-neural-stem-cells

I'm bookmarking this possibly relevant study on inner ear hair cell regeneration so I can read it tomorrow.
http://depts.washington.edu/hearing/InnerEarHairCellRegeneration.php
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