John on February 18, 2009 at 11:48 am
A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal â€”injections that triggered tumors in the boy’s brain and spinal cord, Israeli scientists reported Tuesday.[...]
Tuesday’s report in the journal PLoS Medicine is the first documented case of a human brain tumorâ€”albeit a benign, slow-growing oneâ€”after fetal stem cell therapy, and hammers home the need for careful research. The journal is published by the Public Library of Science.
“Patients, please beware,” said Dr. John Gearhart, a stem cell scientist at the University of Pennsylvania who wasn’t involved in the Israeli boy’s care but who sees similarly desperate U.S. patients head abroad to clinics that offer unproven stem cell injections.
Israeli doctors pieced together the child’s history: When he was 9, the family traveled to Russia, to a Moscow clinic that provided injections of neural stem cells from fetusesâ€”immature cells destined to grow into a main type of brain cells. The cells were injected into his brain and spinal cord twice more, at ages 10 and 12.
I wonder if they took the boy to EmCell?