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Here is some potentially good news. Umbilical cord blood stem cells have apparently restored sight and speech to a child with cerebral palsy. Keep in mind this report is a press release and not a peer reviewed journal, and thus caution is the watchword of the day. But this apparent success is a heck of a lot better than the Petri dish or mouse embryonic stem cell “successes” so often touted in the media as somehow being major breakthroughs.

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