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First human embryo's nerve cell transplant performed in Kazakhstan.

Physicians in Kazakhstan performed with world's the first ever operation to transplant a human embryo's nerve cells into a patient suffering from myelosyringosis (a disease of the spinal cord), according to the Kazakh newspaper Ekspress-K. The transplant was performed at the Astana-based central clinic on July 31. Professor Zhaksylyk Doskaliyev, Kazakh Health Minister headed the transplant team.

The recipient was in satisfactory condition and had feeling in her fingers and toes for the first time in 2 years, Ekspress-K reported. Doskaliyev is credited with pioneering the human embryo's nerve cell technique.

In a related story, 10 patients suffering from cirrhosis of the liver were treated at the Astana clinic by physicians using young cells of liver tissue from unborn babies. The first phase of clinical trials has been completed and doctors "have conclusive evidence" the treatment method is effective and will be used in the future, the newspaper said.
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Date:Aug 11, 2003
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