Children's launches new stem cell site

Children’s Stem Cell Research Program, which developed 11 of the first 13 human embryonic stem cell lines approved by the NIH for federal funding, launched a new Web site today that aims to answer some of the basic stem cell research questions that people have and shows some of the ways that stem cell research has already impacted the lives of sick children.

The Stem Cell 101 videos page features Len Zon, MD, and George Daley, MD, PhD, the leaders of the Stem Cell Program, talking about what stem cells are, how they’re used in the lab and the work they’re doing to bring real cures to patients’ bedsides using stem cells.

The site also features Andres and Paulina Trevino, the parents of Andy Trevino, whose rare immune deficiency was cured by the stem cells in his newborn sister’s umbilical cord. Last year, Thrive featured a first-person account by Andres sharing the challenges his family went through to save Andy’s life.

The site also includes information on specific stem cell research being done at Children’s, how stem cells are being used to treat patients and much more. Check it out and let us know what you think.