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Report: Perry Had Experimental Stem Cell Procedure

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 18:  Texas governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2011 Republican Leadership Conference features keynote addresses from most of the major republican candidates for president as well as numerous republican leaders from across the country.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry—widely viewed as a 2012 presidential contender—had back surgery last month that included stem cell therapy, the Texas Tribune reported.

The procedure did not involve embryonic stem cells. Perry and other conservatives—including his predecessor in the Texas governor's office, former President George W. Bush—oppose the medicinal use of embryonic stem cells.

 

The procedure, which involved the injection of his own stem cells, was not FDA-approved.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner called the procedure "successful."

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