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January 12th, 2006

Small step toward cure

Yesterday, scientists in the field of nanotechnology joined ALS researchers at a meeting to attempt a unified search for treatments. Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto, a leading ALS researcher at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan, said that he envisions a technology that could "pull stem cells to where they need to be, giving the signal to pull axons to the muscle cells" and enable people to move again. Such a treatment could be years off, but melding the two fields offers the possibility, Mitsumoto said.


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