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Beyond Stem Cells: Scientists Master Cell Transmogrification
Discover Magazine ^
| August 27, 2008
Posted on 08/27/2008 5:35:40 PM PDT by aposiopetic
In a discovery thats being hailed as a leap forward in regenerative medicine, researchers have found a way to transform common pancreatic cells in an adult mouse into the rare, insulin-producing beta cells that are destroyed in type 1 diabetes. Previously, researchers believed that the only way to transmute an adult cell was to first coax it back into stem cell form and then to reprogram it; this new research removes the first step entirely.
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KEYWORDS: diabetes; health; medicine; moralabsolutes; prolife; stemcells
To: NYer; Salvation; Notwithstanding; johniegrad
Further brazenly pro-life BTTT.
As science, this is amazing. To show how useless the whole ESCR project has been, even for its utilitarian ends, this is of perhaps even greater magnitude.
To: cgk; cpforlife.org; narses; 8mmMauser
Could you relate this news to the Moral Absolutes list? I would be most grateful. Thank you.
To: aposiopetic; 230FMJ; 50mm; 69ConvertibleFirebird; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; ...
posted on 08/27/2008 5:51:29 PM PDT
("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
It’s just amazing the brilliant things that scientists keep coming up with, year after year. Yet they seem to get little respect from the public.
It's real cool that this is a prolife positive. I was just attracted to the thread because they used the word "transmogrification", and it's the first time I've ever seen it seriously used. I actually thought it was an invented word in the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. Ya learn something new every day. American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This trans·mog·ri·fy Audio Help (trāns-mŏg'rə-fī', trānz-) Pronunciation Key tr.v. trans·mog·ri·fied, trans·mog·ri·fy·ing, trans·mog·ri·fies To change into a different shape or form, especially one that is fantastic or bizarre. See Synonyms at convert. [Origin unknown.] trans·mog'ri·fi·ca'tion (-fĭ-kā'shən) n. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This trans·mog·ri·fy Audio Help /trænsˈmɒgrəˌfaɪ, trænz-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[trans-mog-ruh-fahy, tranz-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb (used with object), -fied, -fy·ing. to change in appearance or form, esp. strangely or grotesquely; transform. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Origin: 165060; earlier also transmigrify, transmography; appar. a pseudo-Latinism with trans-, -ify] Related forms trans·mog·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
posted on 08/27/2008 5:53:32 PM PDT
(A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Horton Hears a Who)
Thanks for the post, buddy. I’ve begun a local guild of the Catholic Medical Association here in our diocese and this is exactly the type of article we are looking for to review on the interface of science and religion. Bookmarked to share with others. There is also a priest from the St. John’s Monastery now involved in closely related basic science research at Baylor.
ADULT stem cells prove ONCE AGAIN that it was a lie when they said “stem cell research is dead without ‘embryonic stem cells’ from living human embryos”.
posted on 08/27/2008 5:58:14 PM PDT
I'm afraid these scientists are a day late and a dollar short. Transmogrification has already been mastered:
posted on 08/27/2008 5:59:08 PM PDT
("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
posted on 08/27/2008 5:59:34 PM PDT
Thank you. And please add me to the list, which (if memory serves) I have neglected to ask to be included in up till now.
To: vanishing liberty
Overworked and underfunded. But they love their work (when they can get away from grant-writing).
Thanks for adding the definition to the thread. : - )
Thank you as well. That is welcome news.
And it looks like they even took a garden-variety adult cell that was not considered a stem cell, making the result all the more amazing (and putting the lie to any statement that would say that only ESCs have this capacity).
Life imitates art (or something like that).
posted on 08/28/2008 3:19:06 AM PDT
(Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
posted on 08/28/2008 3:21:35 AM PDT
(Barry schmoozed with public housing developers as his constituents bailed sewage from housing sinks.)
Ah, Calvin later modified his original box version:
I just wish the media would be able to contrast this advancement against the lack of similar accomplishments in ESC research. It would really help getting money to the productive areas that are getting closer to, and in some cases, finding cures.
posted on 08/28/2008 8:03:05 AM PDT
(Cursed be he who perverts the justice)
We can hope at least that investment in ESCR will
slowstop as adult stem cells and even gene therapy are showing such promise.
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