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Scientists study stem cells from testicles
CBC.ca ^ | October 8, 2008

Posted on 10/14/2008 9:46:39 AM PDT by billorites

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 slightly less than half the world's population: men.

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. Some people, including President George W. Bush, oppose their use for ethical or religious reasons.

"The advantage these cells have in comparison to embryonic stem cells is that there is no ethical problem with these cells and that they are natural," said study lead author Thomas Skutella, a professor at the Centre for Regenerative Biology and Medicine in Tuebingen, Germany.

Using testicular cells isn't the only promising method that avoids embryos; there have been impressive experiments in reprogramming ordinary body cells into stem cells by slipping certain genes into them.

The new findings and the reprogrammed cells — which still have technical hurdles — "take some pressure off the stem cell issue," said White House science adviser Jack Marburger.

Earlier studies showed promise using so-called spermatogonial cells from the testes of mice. The new study used cells taken from biopsied tissue from 22 different men undergoing various medical treatments. The men ranged in age from 17 to 81.

Researchers found that after a few weeks of growth, the cells could differentiate into various types of cells just like those taken from embryos.

Other scientists hailed the idea as promising, but not a reason to give up on research on embryonic stem cells.

"It's exciting. We could do it for males; that leaves women without as easy a method," said stem cell scientist George Daley of Children's Hospital in Boston and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. He was not part of the new research.

Embryonic stem cells "have their own place in biology," Daley said.

Skutella said a female equivalent could be in women's egg cells, but Daley said that's unlikely because of the makeup of those cells.

Using the new findings to treat patients could take years. But Daley said the work on the cells from testes can benefit from a decade's worth of research into embryonic cells and advance at a fast pace.

He said the new research showed how similar these testicular cells are to embryonic stem cells; now science needs to see what specific differences exist because those could be important.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; embryos; life; stemcells

1 posted on 10/14/2008 9:46:39 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

BALLS!


2 posted on 10/14/2008 9:47:24 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: billorites

boy they got a lot of balls


3 posted on 10/14/2008 9:47:33 AM PDT by rstark56
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To: billorites

Let’s hear it for ‘the boys!’


4 posted on 10/14/2008 9:48:02 AM PDT by Sax
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To: camle

Brings new meaning to the phrase, “I’d give my left nut for....”


5 posted on 10/14/2008 9:48:11 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: billorites

It’s because we men are just babies at heart.


6 posted on 10/14/2008 9:48:30 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: billorites

Well I’m upper upper class high society
God’s gift to ballroom notoriety
And I always fill my ballroom
The event is never small
The social pages say I’ve got
The biggest balls of all

I’ve got big balls
I’ve got big balls
They’re such big balls
And they’re dirty big balls
And he’s got big balls
And she’s got big balls
(But we’ve got the biggest balls of them all)

And my balls are always bouncing
My ballroom always full
And everybody cums and cums again
If your name is on the guest list
No one can take you higher
Everybody says I’ve got
Great balls of fire

I’ve got big balls
Oh I’ve got big balls
And they’re such big balls
Dirty big balls
And he’s got big balls
And she’s got big balls
(But we’ve got the biggest balls of them all)

Some balls are held for charity
And some for fancy dress
But when they’re held for pleasure
They’re the balls that I like best
My balls are always bouncing
To the left and to the right
It’s my belief that my big balls
Should be held every night

We’ve got big balls
We’ve got big balls
We’ve got big balls
Dirty big balls
He’s got big balls
She’s got big balls
(But we’ve got the biggest balls of them all)

(We’ve got big balls)
(We’ve got big balls)

And I’m just itching to tell you about them
Oh we had such wonderful fun
Seafood cocktail, crabs, crayfish
(But we’ve got the biggest balls of them all)


7 posted on 10/14/2008 9:49:01 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Wish it was Palin/McCain)
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To: BufordP

This is no good at all for the liberal agenda.

Another purpose for men, and no babies getting killed.


8 posted on 10/14/2008 9:49:41 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Wish it was Palin/McCain)
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To: billorites
Donors may be difficult to find.

"Mr. Smith, I'm here to collect your testicle cells..."

9 posted on 10/14/2008 9:49:55 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: billorites

The funny thing is, the liberals are never out in droves supporting these new wonderful findings. This only proves that liberals ADORE abortion and LOVED that abortion or killing embryos led to such “wonderful things.”

I am missing the part of my brain where I would be able to understand the liberal glee for using unborn human embryos to fix their medical booboos.


10 posted on 10/14/2008 9:50:36 AM PDT by Yaelle (One candidate fought America's enemies and one candidate owes all he has to America's enemies)
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To: MD_Willington_1976

I’m swangin’ in da breeze!!!


11 posted on 10/14/2008 9:50:38 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: billorites; camle
If they transplant stem cells from my testicles to my brain, I'm NOT going to be smarter...I'm only going to have one thing on my mind...(something I thought I outgrew)
12 posted on 10/14/2008 9:50:43 AM PDT by KriegerGeist (I'm now considered a "Bitter Clinger" to my guns and religion.)
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To: billorites

Does Hillary get a tax-deduction for her donation? And does she share this with the previous owners?


13 posted on 10/14/2008 9:51:53 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (uite)
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To: Geist Krieger

geez! i hope I never get THAT old;-)!


14 posted on 10/14/2008 9:52:37 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: billorites

The volunteers in this study must be nuts.


15 posted on 10/14/2008 9:53:19 AM PDT by MortMan (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: billorites

For some reason this reminds me of the joke about the guy who gets snake bit on the penis, and the punch line is, “He said you’re gonna die.”


16 posted on 10/14/2008 9:53:29 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: billorites

Bollocks!


17 posted on 10/14/2008 9:54:32 AM PDT by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: billorites

OUCH!!!


19 posted on 10/14/2008 9:55:53 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (Success begets knowledge; failure begets wisdom.)
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To: MeanWestTexan
This is no good at all for the liberal agenda.

The next time a liberal argues with you about embryonic stem cells just do a package check and say, "I got your stem cells RIGHT HERE!"

20 posted on 10/14/2008 9:56:04 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: billorites
Ouch!
That's all I gotta say.
21 posted on 10/14/2008 9:56:20 AM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: savedbygrace

thought it was please doc take away the pain but leave the swelling.


22 posted on 10/14/2008 9:57:57 AM PDT by lakeman
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To: ImJason

There was a news story a few months back saying they discovered a way to turn any cell into a stem cell.


23 posted on 10/14/2008 9:59:52 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: billorites
Embryonic stem cells "have their own place in biology," Daley said.

Other than causing tumors their only place is in politics.

24 posted on 10/14/2008 10:01:04 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: billorites
I see they are getting closer to using our brain cells.
25 posted on 10/14/2008 10:02:17 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (48, one in the box and one in the bush.)
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To: camle
"geez! i hope I never get THAT old;-)!"

I'm 57 as of last month. To be honest and serious, stem cells have been of great interest to me. ((((NOT & NEVER EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS!))))

The reason is that I'm a quadriplegic (Like the quarterback in "Friday Night Lights") and though I don't hold out that much hope for a cure from stem cells and even if there were a cure, I'm probably past the point it would do me any good...

That said, I was being funny about the sex stuff...have not had any since the 1980s and have in the past several years quit thinking about it...

26 posted on 10/14/2008 10:02:41 AM PDT by KriegerGeist (I'm now considered a "Bitter Clinger" to my guns and religion.)
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To: savedbygrace

lol.

One of my bar jokes is telling people I had one testicle shot off and the doctor replaced it with an small onion.

Punch line: “Works great but I get aroused every time I walk by a hamburger stand.”


27 posted on 10/14/2008 10:02:46 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67

Does it bring a tear to someone’s eye?


28 posted on 10/14/2008 10:03:48 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: billorites

I want to volunteer a couple of people....


29 posted on 10/14/2008 10:04:29 AM PDT by bpjam (FREE Sarah Palin!!! FREE Sarah Palin!!!)
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To: N. Theknow

“Does it bring a tear to someone’s eye?”

Yea but I relish it.


30 posted on 10/14/2008 10:05:48 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67
Yea but I relish it.

On buns?

31 posted on 10/14/2008 10:08:57 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: Geist Krieger

well keep yer chin up, my friend! it takes character to refuse to participate in the embryonic stem cell hoax when it can impact you directly.

my hat is off to you.


32 posted on 10/14/2008 10:11:58 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: MeanWestTexan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W-fIn2QZgg


33 posted on 10/14/2008 10:12:51 AM PDT by GoLightly
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To: ImJason
Yes, I remember that. There was also a kid in Texas who was cured by stem cells from his baby brother's umbilical cord blood.

FWIW, Rush had this story as his morning update yesterday.

34 posted on 10/14/2008 10:12:53 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Will it be "comrade" after the elections?)
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To: billorites

Where DO they get these nutty ideas?


35 posted on 10/14/2008 10:13:42 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: N. Theknow

Pumpernickel.


36 posted on 10/14/2008 10:16:47 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: BufordP

You owe me a keyboard and monitor.


37 posted on 10/14/2008 10:17:42 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: billorites

Any chance these testicles came out of Hillary’s lockbox?


38 posted on 10/14/2008 10:23:50 AM PDT by cblue55 (Palin is Reagan in high heels)
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To: MeanWestTexan

/Polite golf clap for AC/DC reference.


39 posted on 10/14/2008 10:24:08 AM PDT by roostercashews
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To: billorites; Fred Nerks
BIOHAZARD ALERT!

Reading this article made me cross my legs!

Now the exploitation of men and treating them as sexual objects will increase to extreme degrees. They first came after our sperm, then they came after our our stem cells and now want our testicles?

Better not sign that organ donation card.

You may become a part of a feminonazi arcane harvest.

Want summa dis?

Get in line you ghouls, and take it on in the old fashioned way!

Just marry the right person, and be smart about it.

You want the cell? You get the stem.

LOL.

40 posted on 10/14/2008 10:32:21 AM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: netmilsmom
You know, we have got to get the word out about this great discovery. If you know any men out there that have recently been diagnosed with Alzheimers you gotta tell them, "The answer is right there in your lap!"

Sorry about your keyboard.

41 posted on 10/14/2008 10:35:29 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: roostercashews

You should clap for Queen.


42 posted on 10/14/2008 11:00:42 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: vietvet67
Pumpernickel.

Hope you used a condiment.

43 posted on 10/14/2008 12:13:11 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: BufordP

LOL!!!!


44 posted on 10/14/2008 12:22:25 PM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: N. Theknow

“Hope you used a condiment”

lol. I surrender, you win!


45 posted on 10/14/2008 12:32:56 PM PDT by vietvet67
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