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Potential Stem Cell Treatment Developed for Lung Disorders

06:51 EDT 3 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

A team of investigators from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (UNCSM) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) have just released details from a promising study that could potentially offer new stem cell treatment options to patients afflicted with lung conditions such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Due to the success of this new research, the investigators have been in discussions with the FDA and are preparing an application for an initial clinical trial in patients with IPF.      "This is the first time anyone has generated potentially therapeutic lung stem cells from minimally invasive biopsy specimens," noted co-senior senior study investigator Jason Lobo, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at UNC and medical director of lung transplant and interstitial lung disease. In this new study—published recently in the journal Respiratory Research , in an article ...

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