Stem Cell Research Foundation Funds Project

ROCKVILLE, Md. - John D. Gearhart, Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins School of mediine and his co-investigator Michael J. Shamblott, Ph.D. will work with human pluripotent stem cells after receiving a grant from the Stem Cell Research Foundation.

Gearhart, one of the two researchers who first reported isolating human stem cells in November 1998, will work on making stem cells hardier for research.

The cells, which may provide an answer to replacing diseased cells in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, juvenile diabetes, heart disease and cancer patients, have the potential to develop into any type of human cell.

The $300,000 grant will help Gearhart's team develop cell lines from human tissue sources.

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