SCIENCE

Now, this story is completely awesome.
In an apparent major breakthrough, scientists in Korea report using umbilical cord blood stem cells to restore feeling and mobility to a spinal-cord injury patient.
"The patient could move her hips and feel her hip skin on day 15 after transplantation. On day 25 after transplantation her feet responded to stimulation."
We're so close to not having to worry about this stuff.

Within 10 years, prosthetic legs should be a common and in no way worse than regular legs. Prosthetic arms are harder but will still make huge leaps in the next decade. Large numbers of cancers are close to being eradicated. Waiting for an organ transplant should no longer kill people within 20 years. Alzheimers, Parkinson's, many other degenerative diseases, all gone within 20-30 years. Of course those will probably be done in other countries and available only to the rich with the money to go to Korea (or wherever, but Korea is very receptive to this type of work) unless our government gets their heads out of their asses on stem cells and other important medical breakthroughs. The fact that so many deadly problems could be to my kids what polio is to me, a distant memory, is very exciting.

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