6 Jan
2014

One step forward, two steps back: examining stem-cell patenting

Superman actor Christopher Reeve broke his spine after falling from a horse and never regained the use of his lower limbs. Until his death, he vocally supported research into stem cells for the treatment of various neurological diseases. Since the early 1990s advances in stem-cell technology have raised hopes for new approaches to the treatment of serious, previously untreatable diseases. In particular, progress has been made towards promising treatments for diabetes, heart disease and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.