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Stem cells from testicles an option to embryos
AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/8/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap

Posted on 10/08/2008 2:18:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON – Cells taken from men's testicles seem as versatile as the stem cells derived from embryos, researchers reported Wednesday in what may be yet another new approach in a burgeoning scientific field.

The new type of stem cells could be useful for growing personalized replacement tissues, according to a study in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. But because of their source, their highest promise would apply to only half the world's population: men.

Embryonic stem cells can give rise to virtually any tissue in the body and scientists believe they may offer treatments for diseases like Parkinson's and diabetes and for spinal cord injuries.

The testicular cells avoid the ethical dilemma of embryonic stem cells, which are harvested in a process that destroys the embryos. For that reason, some people, including President Bush, oppose their use for ethical or religious reasons.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: embryos; option; stemcells; testicles

1 posted on 10/08/2008 2:18:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge; pissant

Any volunteers? John McCain doesn’t seem to be using his...


2 posted on 10/08/2008 2:21:43 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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Be nice!

This is a very sensitive topic.


3 posted on 10/08/2008 2:22:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... Donate to FR ... Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121)
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To: NormsRevenge

Balls to this I say!


4 posted on 10/08/2008 2:24:11 PM PDT by Shaun_MD
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To: NormsRevenge

Now Hear This: Try to stick me with a needle down there, and I will shoot you dead. “Now Doc, do you have any other ideas?”


5 posted on 10/08/2008 2:30:56 PM PDT by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: NormsRevenge

6 posted on 10/08/2008 2:44:24 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Yo-Yo
>>> Any volunteers?


Pee-Wee: "I Volunteer!"
7 posted on 10/08/2008 2:51:58 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: NormsRevenge

So,...

Say you are particularly vigorous, virile and potent, as I am...

Exactly how much could you get for one, er..., testicle? Keeping
in mind that there are A LOT of cells that make up just one, er..., testicle.

Ball Park?

I would be saving who knows how many lives.


8 posted on 10/08/2008 2:52:21 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Stalin was a community organizer...)
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To: NormsRevenge

I have a friend who is alive today thanks to the stem cells from her own body. There are some 8-10 people just from my little town who have had this type of lifesaving gift from their OWN stem cells.


9 posted on 10/08/2008 2:53:56 PM PDT by tioga
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To: NormsRevenge

My opinion: this doesn’t pan out. Half the genetic information necessary to be beneficial to the target host would be missing. It is necessary not only to have a stem cell, but also a stem cell that will not be rejected by the host body. My opinion only, but I see this more as a red herring to swing public eye back to embryonic stem cells once gametical stem cells are found too “incomplete” for use.


10 posted on 10/08/2008 2:54:16 PM PDT by so_real ("The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Gator113

If you were to find yourself in need of a heart or liver transplant, and this method could produce a new one for you, would you still pull that trigger?


11 posted on 10/08/2008 2:57:22 PM PDT by Coronal
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To: neverdem
Another stem cell article....

(Stem cell flood of articles continues.....)

12 posted on 10/08/2008 3:02:06 PM PDT by BossLady (ACORN - Just Hiding Nuts For The Future!!!)
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To: Coronal

No, but they would have to put me under.


13 posted on 10/08/2008 3:08:35 PM PDT by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: Yo-Yo; SortaBichy
Any volunteers?

"From my cold, dead hand....."

14 posted on 10/08/2008 3:11:10 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: martin_fierro
MANGLED GENITALS PING

15 posted on 10/08/2008 3:25:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

At this point, Hillary might as well donate her Lockbox to medical research...


16 posted on 10/08/2008 3:42:24 PM PDT by mikrofon (Testes, testes, 1, 2, THREE?)
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To: NormsRevenge; All

Any of you guys pass out from fright yet?


17 posted on 10/08/2008 4:16:37 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: NormsRevenge
Stem cells from testicles an option to embryos

Time to update the organ donor card!

18 posted on 10/08/2008 4:55:12 PM PDT by ricks_place
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To: NormsRevenge
All us guys crossed our legs.

C'mon, admit it!

19 posted on 10/08/2008 5:08:18 PM PDT by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: BossLady; NormsRevenge; tioga; Coleus; Peach; airborne; Asphalt; Dr. Scarpetta; I'm ALL Right!; ...
bump & a stem cell/regenerative medicine ping

Generation of pluripotent stem cells from adult human testis

The germline stem cells produced teratomas after transplantation into immunodeficient mice.

Will they still produce teratomas after autologous transplantation in immunocompetent mice?

20 posted on 10/08/2008 5:55:44 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: neverdem
Found this article regarding 'tetromas and immune response' from embryonic cells: http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/full/fasebj;21/7/1345

Bone marrow stem cells seem to be able to work in the body on a lot of levels. It will be fascinating to see how far researchers can go with it....

Published today.....Interesting article on Blood Stem Cell research out of Stanford: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/stanford-scientists-pinpoint-key-proteins/story.aspx?guid=%7B0F1BC33B-9DEF-4125-83DC-F5A9FBCD1FE8%7D&dist=hppr

21 posted on 10/08/2008 6:13:04 PM PDT by BossLady (ACORN - Just Hiding Nuts...Votes For The Future!!!)
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To: BossLady

Thanks for the URLs.


22 posted on 10/08/2008 6:30:47 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: neverdem

Welcome!


23 posted on 10/08/2008 7:07:02 PM PDT by BossLady (ACORN - Just Hiding Nuts...Votes For The Future!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

It takes balls to be against embryonic stem cell research.


24 posted on 10/08/2008 7:08:19 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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