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Neurologic Improvement Detected in Rats Receiving Stem Cell Transplant
In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report that early transplantation of human placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cells into the lateral ventricles of neonatal rats with birth-related brain damage is possible, and that the donor cells can survive and migrate in the recipient’s brain. The study was designed to have the rat’s brain damage mimic brain injury in infants with very low birth weight.