Skip to comments.Stem cells from testicles an option to embryos
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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Any volunteers? John McCain doesn’t seem to be using his...
This is a very sensitive topic.
Balls to this I say!
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?”
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.
I would be saving who knows how many lives.
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.
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.
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?
(Stem cell flood of articles continues.....)
No, but they would have to put me under.
"From my cold, dead hand....."
At this point, Hillary might as well donate her Lockbox to medical research...
Any of you guys pass out from fright yet?
Time to update the organ donor card!
C'mon, admit it!
The germline stem cells produced teratomas after transplantation into immunodeficient mice.
Will they still produce teratomas after autologous transplantation in immunocompetent mice?
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
Thanks for the URLs.
It takes balls to be against embryonic stem cell research.
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