22 Feb '12, 9am

Stem cell implants boost monkeys with Parkinson's

TOKYO (AFP) - Monkeys suffering from Parkinson's disease show a marked improvement when human embryonic stem cells are implanted in their brains, in what a Japanese researcher said on Wednesday was a world first. A team of scientists transplanted the stem cells into four primates that were suffering from the debilitating disease. The monkeys all had violent shaking in their limbs - a classic symptom of Parkinson's disease - and were unable to control their bodies, but began to show improvements in their motor control after about three months, Kyoto University associate professor Jun Takahashi told AFP. About six months after the transplant, the creatures were able to walk around their cages, he said. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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