Stem Cells Injected Into Spinal Cord Slow ALS in Rats

Transplantation of immature nervous-system support cells slowed the loss of motor neurons (nerve cells controlling muscle activity) in rats engineered to have a disease resembling human ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), says a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and Invitrogen Corp. in Carlsbad, Calif.

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