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Top-Grade Stem Cells Seen Boosting Research Trials

Chicago Tribune,  Dec 6, 2011

British scientists have made the first human embryonic stem cells of a high enough grade to use in patients and deposited them in a public stem cell bank for development in human trials by drug companies and researchers by 2014. The cells are the first to be grown completely free from animal-derived products, known as "xeno-free," and developed specifically to be of clinical grade and for public use.This could speed the path towards new stem-cell treatments for conditions like blindness, severe injury or heart disease.

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