Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits Emory University where a landmark stem cell trial was conducted in 2010. He explains the incurable disease that trial participants suffered from—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Neurosurgeon Nick Boulis elaborates on the study’s purpose and findings. Ed Tessaro is among participants who showed positive results.
Stem cell research remains controversial in the United States, especially when it comes to embryonic and fetal stem cells. German doctor Eckhard Alt treats patients using autologous cells derived from their own fat tissue; such cells are especially good at becoming cartilage and bone.
Gina and Wade Gregory discuss an experimental treatment they discovered for treating their autistic daughter. Joanne Kurtzberg of the Robertson Clinical and Translation Cell Therapy Program explains the process, which involves using stem cells derived from the patient’s umbilical cord blood.
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From spinal cord injuries to autism, our own cells could shape medicine’s next frontier. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores the experimental yet encouraging world of stem cells.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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