Pioneering adult stem cell trial approved by Japan

20 Jul

The Japanese government has approved the first trial of stem cells produced from a patient's body. Researchers in Japan can use the cells in the treatment of a form of blindness - age-related macular degeneration. Stem cells can evolve any part of a body and are expected as the future wonders of medicine. Mr. Norihisa Tamura the health minister of Japan has ruled that the cells can now be tested in patients and the trial will by run by the Riken Center for Developmental Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation Hospital in Kobe. In preliminary tests, six patients will receive transplants of cells to see if the procedure can restore their damaged vision.