ATLANTA - For the very first time, embryonic stem cells are being used on a human with a spinal cord injury and it's happening at Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
It's the first study approved by the Food and Drug Administration to test the controversial therapy.
Some are calling it a major breakthrough in medicine using embryonic stem cells.
But there are others who say there is no need to use embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells have been proven to work.
Inside Shepherd Center a patient, paralyzed with a spinal cord injury, is hoping that a procedure using embryonic stem cells will help.
The patient is the first ever to be injected with millions of embryonic stem cells.
"This is a huge landmark in the field," said Dr. Todd McDevitt, a stem cell engineer at Georgia Tech.