Scientists are preparing for a 2008 clinical trial which will use stem cells to help 400 patients with spinal cord injuries in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan grow new cells and nerve fibers, Reuters reported. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood will be injected into the spinal cords of the participants, who will also be given lithium to help stimulate cell regeneration, according to a researcher with the project in Hong Kong. The trial is aimed at studying a broad range of patients. In preparation for upcoming trial, doctors in all three locations recently agreed on the method to deliver stem cells into spinal cords.
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