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  •  Incredible research on MS in the UK (7+ / 0-)

    There is some tremendous work being done with stem cells, myelin repair and neurogenesis at Cambridge and Edinburgh, the latter funded by JK Rowling, who lost her mother to MS at age 40. Wonderful work. There are about twenty-five labs around the world doing cutting edge work on MS, a lot related to adult stem cell research. It turns out that adult skin has stem cells in it, that can be extracted and cloned, and then turned into special purpose stem cells that grow neurons and myelin. Bingo.

    Interestingly, those cells can be tested in mice, since mice can assimilate human stem cells and use them. Who knew? And in mice, good things happen a lot faster than in humans, but so do very bad things. Watch some mice for a year or two and you can tell (a) what works, and (b) what doesn't, and (c) what is dangerous. Then, and only then do you do clinical trials in humans. It is already under way here in the US. Early days, but tremendous energy and effort going into the project.

    Translational Research. An odd term to you? A new paradigm of how to do medical research; practical instead of theoretical. A new ballgame.

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