Prof. Shimon Slavin, MD, the longtime bone marrow transplantation wizard and stem cell research guru at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem who retired recently to set up a International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy [CTCI], and says his patients are not willing to wait until embryonic stem cells are available for implanting into humans.
Some patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis and other diseases were already beginning to benefit from using adult stem cells from relatives who were only partial matches or that were taken from the patients themselves before chemotherapy destroyed their immune systems.
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