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World first . . .(?)

Thursday, February 09, 2006 - Stem Cell Guru

It’s always good to hear of new developments in the field of autologous stem cell treatment. But, claims in the report below of ‘radical heart surgery’ and a ‘world first’ from an Australian company treating patients with coronary heart disease may draw some skepticism from anyone who’s been keeping an eye on developments in this field, as treatment using stem cells derived from bone marrow is a practice used by many companies.

However, VesCell therapy is unique in that it uses stem cells derived from a donation of the patients own blood, rather than a painful bone marrow extraction.

Stem cell heart jab

TWO patients have had radical heart surgery using adult stem cells in what scientists claim is a world first.

Doctors implanted 100 million of the patients' own stem cells into damaged heart muscle.

The cells were extracted from bone marrow using a technology pioneered by the Melbourne-based biotech company Mesoblast.

Scientists hope it will repair and regenerate damaged tissue in patients with severe coronary artery disease.

The operation was performed under local anaesthetic on the two male patients last week as part of a clinical trial. . . .

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