One development that seemed to relate to the movie is stem-cells being to treat new born babies who have Batten disease; a disease that creates for a lack of enzymes which "damages different parts of the brain and leads to seizures, blindness, loss of the ability to walk and speak and eventually death." While it is not a common disease, 1 in 100,000, this clinic's technological advancement could lead to preventing other fatal illnesses. Robert Steiner, head of the clinic's trial, hopes "that this clinical trial will provide insight into a potential treatment option for this tragic disease." The babies will have the stem-cells injected in to their brains by a doctor using a computerized map of the children's brains. They hope the injected stem-cells will disperse amongst the brain and pump out the much-needed enzymes. What differentiates this testing from other previous testing for various diseases is the use of brain stem cells. Brain stem-cells have not taken the initiatory to become actual brain cells, which allow the stem-cells to potentially become many different types of cells. In other trials using stem-cells to combat diseases such as Parkinson's and spinal cord injuries, mature brain cells, that are already on their way to becoming a specific type of cell, are... [continues]
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