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Fetal Cells Help Parkinson's Patients

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Science  29 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5441, pp. 886-887
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5441.886b

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MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA-- A controversial therapy that involves injecting fetal cells into the brains of Parkinson's patients can slow down the progression of the disease, according to the first double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of the procedure. The study, presented here on 24 October at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting, shows that the fetal cells can produce a critical neurotransmitter, reducing patients' tremors and paralysis.