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I am a daily reader of popsci.com - as the site is both engaging and cutting-edge. Over the years, I've seen multiple stories on popsci.com relating to the scientific developments surrounding stem cells and the implications this revolutionary science could have on the treatment of various diseases - specifically those currently untreatable and affecting hundreds of thousands of people.
With an interest in this field and an avid follower of both your print publication and site, I'd like to suggest a news item that may be of significant interest to other readers as well as your staff. Please look into the following story:
Friday, 20 November 2009
Stem cells: the first human trial Revolutionary treatment using human embryos for patients with incurable blindness
Buzz in this field is just beginning to build as this news could have significant impact for the use of embryonic stem cells to treat diseases. The researchers in this particular trial plan to inject retinal cells derived from embryonic stem cells into 12 patients who are losing their sight to Stargardt disease, which is currently untreatable. If the FDA approves these trials, this will be the first clinical trial in the U.S. Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology, said the trial could begin as soon as early March, 2010 if it's approved by the FDA. Timely approval looks very possible.
Please feel free to contact me if you choose to publish this story or would like to request additional information, as I have many other sources and information related to the topic I would be happy to share.
Good job man! I would have said "millions or billions" of people, rather than "hundreds of thousands" but I guess you were referring to smaller untreatables like Stargardts. Keep us posted if they reply to you. P.S. maybe you should have actually said trillions, or gazillions of people. That would surely get the editor's attention.