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Transplanted cells detoxify poisoned brain, somewhat

There is some new research just out from StemCells Inc, which is running clinical trials for Batten’s disease, a neuordegenerative disease. Here’s a quick write up from my reading of the paper, a study of a mouse model. Motor coordination symptoms were delayed by a week or so based on a comparison between 14 mice that received transplants and 8 that did not. My initial thoughts are that the length of time of the experiment was too short, and I’m not sure if the magnitude of the observed effect would be clinically meaningful, but it does indicate movement toward ameliorating a serious disease. 


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