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ITALY – Fat Stem Cells Ideal to Repair Heart

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Not all stem cells are ‘good’ at aiding the heart in repairing itself after a heart attack. Apparently, ‘baby cells’ present in human fat are the best equipped to perform this task and could be used in human testing by the end of 2009. “ We have seen that a simple stem cell transplant into a heart after a heart-attack is not sufficient. There are different types of stem cells that are better adapted to aiding the heart in the healing process. Instead of hematopoietic stem cells used in initial studies, mesenchymal
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ITALY – Embryonic stem cells: Waldensian church doubles “eight per thousand” allocation to fund stem cell research.

The Waldensian community in Italy has decided that next year, it will double its so-called “eight per thousand” allocation from the Italian government to embryonic stem cell research projects, increasing funds from 50,000 euros in 2007 (declared in 2004) to 100,000 euros in 2008 (declared in 2005), said Maria Bonafede, the moderator of the Waldensian executive committee, presenting the group’s 2009 campaign to allocate “eight per thousand” funds. “Eight per thousand” is an Italian law in which 0.8% of the personal income tax collected is redistributed to the Italian government and various religious groups.

With this mechanism, the Waldensian
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