Friday May 29, 2020

The hardest cell

The day when Irish parents can use stem cell technology to treat their children's future afflictions is still some way off, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

21st April, 2012
Stem cell treatments are still at a very early stage.

Professor Colin McGuckin, stem cell adviser to Pope Benedict XVI, gave a slick presentation to the media and assembled politicians at a Dublin city centre hotel last Wednesday. McGuckin was launching the Adult Stem Cell Foundation of Ireland (ASFI), which urged Irish maternity hospitals to allow parents to store stem cells from babies after birth.

After a baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut, some blood remains in the blood vessels of the...

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