An experimental therapy that uses skin cells grown from an aborted fetus successfully healed severe burns in eight children, sparing them the need for skin grafts, according to a study published today.
The treatment led to the regrowth of essentially normal skin on second- and third-degree burns in about two weeks, according to the report by a Swiss research team. The scarring and tissue contraction seen after many burns did not occur, and dressing changes were easier and less painful, the researchers said.
The fetal tissue promotes growth of the patient's own skin cells rather than becoming incorporated into the recipient's skin as a true "graft." Further, it appears that a piece of fetal skin smaller than a postage stamp could be used to produce enough cells to treat hundreds of patients.
August 19, 2005
Yet another reason to kill preborn babies
I mentioned earlier that the discovery of a new cell type in umbilical cord blood might deal a setback to the Culture of Death's quest to ensure that as many babies as possible never see the light of day, but this August 18 WaPo article reminds me that the CoD is fighting on many fronts: