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Stem Cell Research In San Diego Uses Patient’s Own Cells


Stem Cell Research In San Diego Uses Patient's Own Cells

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Aired 6/12/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Melissa Houser, Director of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Scripps Clinic.

Cassandra Peters, participant, Parkinson's research, volunteer Summit-4-Stem Cell

Michael Kalichman, Director of Research Ethics Program at UC San Diego


Experimental medical research underway at Scripps Clinic has the potential for helping a number of patients with Parkinson's disease. Researchers say it also could change the way stem cell research is viewed and the way doctors and patients team up to find new treatments for disease.

Eight patients at Scripps Research Institute hope the procedure will allow their own skin cells to be developed into cells that can replace their brain cells that have been damaged by Parkinson's disease. The patients are also involved in helping to raise millions of dollars for the research with a grassroots organization they started called Summit4StemCell.

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mohammad ashori | June 12, 2013 at 3:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Even as a physician I still don't feel right about testing on animals.

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Alex_Grebenshchikov | June 12, 2013 at 4:19 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

I feel right about testing on animals in place of testing on humans. I have very few reservations at all about testing on animals to the extent they are not being needlessly tortured for no specific goal.

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