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First evidence of long term safety of human embryonic stem cells is reported

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6248 (Published 15 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6248
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A new study has provided the first evidence of the medium to long term safety of transplanting human embryonic stem cells in patients.

Researchers transplanted human embryonic stem cells into 18 patients with different forms of macular degeneration and reported that the procedure seemed safe for as long as three years after transplantation. The treatment restored some sight in more than half of the …

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