Opponents of embryonic stem cell research may not like it, but for paraplegics, quadriplegics and biotechnology scientists, stem cell research might just be the key to treating and curing paralysis in spinal cord injuries.
A University of California, Irvine scientist authored a study in 2005 in which embryonic stem cells allowed partially paralyzed rats to walk. When the FDA allowed for Geron, a California biotech company, to begin clinical stem cell trials for human spinal cord injury patients, the scientist and his team celebrated the news over a bottle of champagne.
Our firm’s personal injury attorneys in San Diego first priority with any client is to see them returned to health. When we come across severe spinal cord injuries after a car accident, many of our clients are never able to walk again. In addition to staggering medical bills, those with damaged spinal cords must deal with pain and suffering, while their loved ones may have to deal with what is legally called loss of consortium.
“We put the last bottle down about six hours later,” he says. “It was just a really fun time.”
It uses a technique that employs specialized cells to bond to patients with damaged spinal cord nerve cells, which are often-times caused by car crashes or slip and fall accidents.
We cannot comment on the morality of stem and other cell research. However, for those biotech scientists and people with damaged spinal cords, embryonic stem cell research signals the beginning of the battle to end paralysis. Some scientists even believe that stem cell research could one day lead to cures for some complex diseases.
Meanwhile, opponents of embryonic stem cell research still believe that the stem cell debate is far from over — and it may end well for both sides. The argument stems on the belief that somatic cell differentiation (taking a mature adult cell and turning it into the equivalent of a stem cell) could be used in lieu of traditional embryonic stem cells to treat paralysis.
Our firm’s San Diego personal injury attorneys believe that while it is too early to be certain if somatic cell differentiation truly works, hope is all that paralyzed spinal cord patients can hope for. Either with stem cell research or without it, we all hope that medical treatments will eventually lead to a cure for paralysis.
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