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Making Brain Cells (Stem Cell Research Advance)
ScienCentral ^ | March 28, 2005 | Jack Penland

Posted on 03/29/2005 5:39:45 PM PST by Founding Father

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Another blow to those who insist that stem cell research must be carried out using murdered babies.
1 posted on 03/29/2005 5:39:46 PM PST by Founding Father
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To: Founding Father
Scientists have announced they've found a way to coax adult hair follicle stem cells into becoming brain cells.

There's something wrong about this, but I'm not sure what it is yet.

2 posted on 03/29/2005 5:44:17 PM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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To: TheDon

"There's something wrong about this, but I'm not sure what it is yet."

This is why we follically challenged folks are smarter!


3 posted on 03/29/2005 5:47:21 PM PST by FatherofFive (Choose life!)
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To: Founding Father
More importantly - what about vice-versa!....can they can turn brain-cells into hair?
I'd be glad to give up a few points of IQ and a few old tired memories for a nice full head of hair....heh-heh.
4 posted on 03/29/2005 6:08:51 PM PST by NilesJo
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To: Founding Father

So, wait a minute......Terri could be helped?


5 posted on 03/29/2005 6:18:59 PM PST by bperiwinkle7 ( In the beginning was the WORD,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: Founding Father
here is a company that claims they can take red blood cells and convert them into stem cells:

http://tristemcorp.com/

The TriStem Group has been set up by Mr.Ghazi Dhoot and Dr. Ilham Saleh Abuljadayel to further research and develop its retrodifferentiation technology which is used to create stem cells from mature adult cells. The retrodifferentiation technology is based on the results of 12 years of research and currently TriStem is the only company that owns, and is in the process of commercialising, this technology. The main advantage of TriStem's new process over existing methods of harvesting stem cells is that it provides large quantities of stem cells which are by definition DNA matched and, therefore, bypasses the political and ethical issues concerned with therapeutic cloning.

6 posted on 03/29/2005 6:24:02 PM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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7 posted on 03/29/2005 6:24:51 PM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Founding Father; Michigan Great Grandma

Thanks for the post; Ping.


8 posted on 03/29/2005 6:27:40 PM PST by PGalt
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To: bperiwinkle7
So, wait a minute......Terri could be helped?

Where are the champions of the advances of the medical arts in relation to Terri's situation?

9 posted on 03/29/2005 6:27:44 PM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Fitzcarraldo

I read about a procedure exactly like this out of a book that was written 20 years ago. "The Body Electric" by Dr. Robert O. Becker M.D.


10 posted on 03/29/2005 6:38:32 PM PST by Utmost Certainty
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Terri could be helped?

Sure. Something can always be done, improvement is always possible. Where there is life there is hope. Does she need some fresh brain cells? Who knows. They say her cerebral cortex is pea soup, but they can't know that at this point. She might have plenty of brain cells already and making more might not be the answer. Suppose they could grow a new brain in a lab and transplant it. Should they do this, or when would they do this? Would they do this for the Pope or the President? Would they do this for the weird kid that lives down the street?

11 posted on 03/29/2005 6:47:17 PM PST by RightWhale (50 trillion sovereign cells working together in relative harmony)
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To: NilesJo

You want your brain turned into hair? Would the hair grow out the ears so you could combover?


12 posted on 03/29/2005 6:48:51 PM PST by RightWhale (50 trillion sovereign cells working together in relative harmony)
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To: RightWhale
You want your brain turned into hair? Would the hair grow out the ears so you could combover?

LOL...No, just harvest a few neurons and transplant them on top where they'll grow into a real "smart" do!

13 posted on 03/29/2005 7:12:01 PM PST by NilesJo
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To: NilesJo

I would pass on that. They would have to open the cranial cavity at least for orthoscopic surgery and like they say, once the air hits the brain nothing is quite the same.


14 posted on 03/29/2005 7:15:59 PM PST by RightWhale (50 trillion sovereign cells working together in relative harmony)
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To: RightWhale
How so? I've read a few accounts of trepanation practitioners, and not come across anything like that.
15 posted on 03/29/2005 9:33:45 PM PST by ordinaryguy
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To: RightWhale
once the air hits the brain nothing is quite the same.

Disagree. I've met quite a few brain surgery patients and they were all quite normal. In fact most were better than they were previously (epilepsy cured by temporal lobectomy to remove seizure focus)

16 posted on 03/30/2005 7:31:42 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: neverdem

Please ping your list. This is very interesting!


17 posted on 03/30/2005 7:33:39 AM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: airborne
This makes sense for folks who took embryology because the nervous system and the epidermis, i.e. skin, are both derived from the ectoderm.

Origin of the avian neural crest.

18 posted on 03/30/2005 10:19:41 AM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: El Gato; JudyB1938; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Robert A. Cook, PE; lepton; LadyDoc; jb6; tiamat; PGalt; ..

FReepmail me if you want on or off my health and science ping list.


19 posted on 03/30/2005 10:20:59 AM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: cpforlife.org; Coleus; Peach; Mr. Silverback

ping


20 posted on 03/30/2005 10:21:59 AM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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