Stem cells for spina bifida

The UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center is home to an extensive fetal care research program, including stem cell and tissue engineering for several fetal diseases. A spina bifida initiative led by Diana Farmer, our Children’s Hospital surgeon-in-chief, has demonstrated that prenatal surgery combined with stem cells helps canine patients with the disorder to walk without noticeable disability. Researchers are now moving the discovery to human clinical trials.

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