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Unfortunately this will use embryos but if there is any positive news out of this...the private companies are going to be the ones who fund this and it didn't need government funding. I don't know if this will come into fruition

This is probably the first time embryonic stem cells have ever worked for something

1 posted on 04/18/2009 9:44:59 PM PDT by chevydude26
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To: chevydude26

But if your optic nerve is shot you have no hope in the world


2 posted on 04/18/2009 9:47:06 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: chevydude26

I wouldn’t take it as truth until I saw a second source. The media for years has confused the issue by implying that pro-lifers were against stem cell research, when most of us just oppose embryonic stem cell research. Given that they can’t get a story straight, you might want to wait for a definitive statement.


3 posted on 04/18/2009 9:51:12 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: chevydude26

I have no idea what an “eye cell” is, but even if they are able to cultivate intact retinal tissue (exceedingly complex in and of itself), what miracle of neurosurgery is going to make the millions of nerve connections to the nerve fiber layer, or more centrally, the optic nerve?


4 posted on 04/18/2009 9:55:40 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: chevydude26

The only thing that has happened with embryonic stem cell research is that people have developed cancer.

000000000000000000% of anything happening.


5 posted on 04/18/2009 9:58:26 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: chevydude26

The real healings are coming from adult stem cells.


7 posted on 04/18/2009 9:59:12 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: chevydude26

“The treatment will tackle age-related macular degeneration (AMD)”

Which seems to be a preventable nutritional deficiency disease.

“The National Eye Institute’s Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that taking a specific high-dose formulation of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduces the risk of advanced AMD and its associated vision loss. Slowing AMD’s progression from the intermediate stage to the advanced stage will save the vision of many people.

Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)
What is the dosage of the AREDS formulation?
The specific daily amounts of antioxidants and zinc used by the study researchers were 500 milligrams of vitamin C, 400 International Units of vitamin E, 15 milligrams of beta-carotene (often labeled as equivalent to 25,000 International Units of vitamin A), 80 milligrams of zinc as zinc oxide, and two milligrams of copper as cupric oxide. Copper was added to the AREDS formulation containing zinc to prevent copper deficiency anemia, a condition associated with high levels of zinc intake.”

http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts.asp

Eggs are good, too:

http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/136/10/2519


8 posted on 04/18/2009 10:04:17 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: chevydude26

I’ll bite.

So how do they stop the cells from growing?


10 posted on 04/18/2009 10:07:18 PM PDT by AliVeritas (No taxation without representation. Government of, for, by the people. Let's roll!)
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To: chevydude26

wonder if they’ll ever tell how many cases of eye cancer occurs afterward.


14 posted on 04/18/2009 10:55:01 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: chevydude26

this smacks of liberal propaganda, The scientist I know say that embryonic stems cells are proving next to impossible to control.


15 posted on 04/18/2009 11:14:09 PM PDT by SeaWolf (Orwell must have foreseen the 21st Century US Congress when he wrote 1984)
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To: chevydude26; All; wagglebee; Coleus; narses; DirtyHarryY2K; little jeremiah

From deep in the article (paragraph 8):

Laboratory trials completed by the British team have demonstrated that stem cells can prevent blindness in rats with a similar disease to AMD. They have also successfully tested elements of the technology in pigs.

In other words, they haven't tried it on humans yet. this is just more propaganda bullsh*t

I just feel sorry for the first (and probably only) human guinea pig. Cancer near the optic nerve...probably quickly traveling toward the brain, is no way to go. If a person wants to commit suicide, I would think a bullet would be a whole lot faster and less painful.

17 posted on 04/19/2009 4:35:29 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: chevydude26

Be (very) suspicious of ANY medical cure that’s ‘going to be available in 6 years’. Next week, maybe. Two weeks, no.


18 posted on 04/19/2009 6:42:06 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Global Warming Theory is extremely robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it)
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