Mayo Clinic puts stem cells to the test on infant heart defect

  • Article by: Dan Browning , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 10, 2013 - 10:27 AM

Mayo doctors hope to buy time for babies with underdeveloped hearts.

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mjohnson2469Jun. 10, 13 7:49 AM

I am glad to see that the Mayo is working on this. It's the first step to curing many different medical conditions. Great work getting federal approval! The Mayo has been a constant source of medial advancements.

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gemie1Jun. 10, 13 8:08 AM

This is a positive step for Mayo Clinic start being relevant again.

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chastaylorJun. 10, 13 8:57 AM

Our first was born with this imperfection and was with us for only a few days. I think this is about as natural of an attempt to deal with this death sentence as you can get. We had very few options back then and this would have been a very interesting chance at survival. By the way, his name was Dane and would have been 21 last month.

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neuromicsJun. 10, 13 9:01 AM

A major stumbling block could be that the FDA doesn't allow expansion of stem cells for these types of treatments. This extends for autologously derived mesenchymal stem cells (mscs) from fat for treatment of pets. I wonder if there will be an FDA work around so they can get enough cells to ensure success.

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jimbotJun. 10, 13 2:45 PM

This type of needed research is a perfect example why it was important for the State to keep Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and help it grow.

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minnelusaJun. 10, 13 2:46 PM

Remember when Geo W Bush outlawed stem cell research? We are beginning to make up for those lost years.

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patasticJun. 11, 13 6:45 AM

minnelusa_ What in earth are you talking about? President Bush approved the first use of Federal funds for stem cell research in history.

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bananafanaJul. 3, 13 2:31 PM

ChasTaylor, my deepest sympathy for your loss.

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