Paralyzed Patient Walks Again After Stem Cell Treatment?

The Korean Times is reporting that a patient has regained the ability to walk after 19 years of paralysis following the injection of stem cells into the damaged portion of her spine. The apparent success was reported at a press conference held by researchers from Chosun University, Seoul National University and the Seoul Cord Blood Bank.

The researchers plan to officially submit their research to the scientific community early next year. If the research is confirmed, South Korea will be widely recognized as the world’s foremost center for stem cell research. A team of scientists in South Korea was one of the first to successfully clone a human embryo (the embryo was not implanted into a womb) and the country is already considered to be the most technologically advanced nation in the world.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).