Stem cell transplant to tackle Huntington’s disease

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People with the degenerative disorder Huntington’s disease could receive pioneering treatment with stem cells to try to slow development of symptoms.

Cardiff University plans to begin the first transplants at a specialist brain centre by the end of the year.

A new procedure will be used to administer the transplant, which will be evaluated for effectiveness by the following spring.

Huntingdon’s is caused by a single faulty gene and is currently incurable.

William Gray, the Brain Repair and Intracranial Neurotherapeutics (Brain) Unit’s professor of functional neuroscience, said: “The procedure marks a next stage in our battle to combat the debilitating effects of this currently incurable disorder.

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Source: BBC

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