Archive for the ‘Stem Cells’ Category

Even More Babies Not Dying

November 20, 2007

OK… This is good news.   The folks at HotAir asked if this would end the life debate.  I doubt it…  The scientists that perform embryonic stem-cell research or human/animal genetic blending (CYBRIDS) will continue, not because they must but because they can.

Here is a quote from the WaPo article:

The unencumbered ability to turn adult cells into embryonic ones capable of morphing into virtually every kind of cell or tissue, described in two scientific journal articles to be released today, has been the ultimate goal of researchers for years. In theory, it would allow people to grow personalized replacement parts for their bodies from a few of their own skin cells, while giving researchers a uniquely powerful means of understanding and treating diseases.

 Here is a question or two for you:

 If we can grow new hearts, livers and nerve cells can you see a day when our lives are extended 110+ years?  What will that society look like?

A couple more:  

Which animal genes would work best in humans?  Would you like to hear like a dog?  See like and eagle?  Hold your breath like a sea lion?

Is there a voice for ethics in the medical community?

UPDATE:  I missed this in my first reading of the article:

Despite the excitement over the new work, experts predicted that the fight over embryonic stem cells will linger, since they remain the gold standard against which all alternatives will be compared.

The “gold standard” has never produced anything close to a treatment… Why would this be the mark everyone is shooting for?  Oh, yeah… death sells.

 al sends

No Babies Dying Here

November 19, 2007

Here is some interesting news…

Prof Ian Wilmut’s decision to turn his back on “therapeutic cloning”, just days after US researchers announced a breakthrough in the cloning of primates, will send shockwaves through the scientific establishment.
He and his team made headlines around the world in 1997 when they unveiled Dolly, born July of the year before.

But now he has decided not to pursue a license to clone human embryos, which he was awarded just two years ago, as part of a drive to find new treatments for the devastating degenerative condition, Motor Neuron disease.

Prof Wilmut, who works at Edinburgh University, believes a rival method pioneered in Japan has better potential for making human embryonic cells which can be used to grow a patient’s own cells and tissues for a vast range of treatments, from treating strokes to heart attacks and Parkinson’s, and will be less controversial than the Dolly method, known as “nuclear transfer.”

Read the whole article… it’s fascinating.

Al sends

Stem Cells

April 1, 2007

You may have read this article linked from the Drudge Report: British team grows human heart valve from stem cells

Notice anything missing? I will give a minute to review it…

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