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Stem Cells Cultured On Contact Lens Restore Sight In Patients With Blinding Corneal Disease
ScienceDaily ^ | June 5, 2009 | Adapted from materials provided by University of New South Wales

Posted on 06/06/2009 3:51:53 AM PDT by Post5203

In a world-first breakthrough, University of New South Wales (UNSW) medical researchers have used stem cells cultured on a simple contact lens to restore sight to sufferers of blinding corneal disease.

Sight was significantly improved within weeks of the procedure, which is simple, inexpensive and requires a minimal hospital stay. The research team from UNSW’s School of Medical Sciences harvested stem cells from patients’ own eyes to rehabilitate the damaged cornea. The stem cells were cultured on a common therapeutic contact lens which was then placed onto the damaged cornea for 10 days, during which the cells were able to re-colonise the damaged eye surface.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090605081151.htm

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: adultstemcells; eyes; stemcell; vision

1 posted on 06/06/2009 3:51:53 AM PDT by Post5203
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To: Post5203

Ayup, here as in virtually all cases of effectual treatments, the stem cells came from the patient, not an embryo.


2 posted on 06/06/2009 3:55:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: Post5203
NOTE: No embyryos (fetuses, babies) were harmed during this breakthrough procedure.
3 posted on 06/06/2009 3:56:00 AM PDT by Post5203 (0bama is the Jim Jones of the new millennium.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I think this is great. I am glad to see so many advancements that have come from Stem Cells. It is a wonderful gift of sight for those who have lost their vision. Embrionic Stem Cells may not be neeeded after all which is a good thing.


4 posted on 06/06/2009 4:06:34 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Post5203

wonderfully clever.

Praise God for His creativity in someone’s mind.


5 posted on 06/06/2009 4:16:47 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Quix

Praise God indeed. Amazing.


6 posted on 06/06/2009 4:34:17 AM PDT by karatemom (I would never black out the name of Jesus!)
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To: neverdem

For your ping list


7 posted on 06/06/2009 4:35:32 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: karatemom

Thanks for your kind reply.

BTTT.


8 posted on 06/06/2009 4:37:47 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“virtually all cases of effectual treatments”

all cases. absolutely all cases.


9 posted on 06/06/2009 4:40:35 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
the stem cells came from the patient, not an embryo

But..but..but we MUST figure out a way to do this that requires us to kill as many embryos as possible!

10 posted on 06/06/2009 4:43:09 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yep. If it had been fetal stem cells, it would have been HUGE news.


11 posted on 06/06/2009 4:46:12 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Current Misery Index Approximately 32%)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

True, but the research to develop effective treatments often begins with embryonic cells. Since there is a HUGE supply of ethical stem cells just waiting to be harvested (umbilical cords) I can’t fathom why some find it necessay to use aborted embryos.


12 posted on 06/06/2009 4:50:44 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: cake_crumb

Had it been fetal cells, rejection would be a major issue. There’s no way this would work without sourcing the tissue from the patient.


13 posted on 06/06/2009 4:51:55 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: karatemom

Amen.


14 posted on 06/06/2009 5:02:08 AM PDT by rdl6989
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To: karatemom
"Praise God indeed. Amazing."

The Designer should get the credit.

Anyone who can look at the complexity of life and NOT see the Designer's Hand is truly BLIND.

And stem cells wont help him.

15 posted on 06/06/2009 5:03:22 AM PDT by trickyricky
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Ayup, here as in virtually all cases of effectual treatments, the stem cells came from the patient, not an embryo.

It doesn't really matter. Cases like these will still be used to justify "embyonic" stem cell research.

From what I've seen so far, though, most successful treatments use specific, targeted stem cells from the patient.

16 posted on 06/06/2009 5:45:30 AM PDT by sonofagun
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To: Squawk 8888
"Had it been fetal cells, rejection would be a major issue."

We know that, but the left believes that if it doesn't kill a baby, it's not worth doing.

17 posted on 06/06/2009 5:56:17 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Current Misery Index Approximately 32%)
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To: Freee-dame

This is fantastic news!!!!


18 posted on 06/06/2009 6:02:04 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Post5203

All knowledge flows from God above. It is what we choose to do with such knowledge that determines the kind of people we are.


19 posted on 06/06/2009 6:03:59 AM PDT by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: Post5203

That is great news! Thank you for posting.


20 posted on 06/06/2009 6:04:34 AM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: napscoordinator
Embryonic Stem Cells may not be needed after all which is a good thing.

They were never needed. Besides that they are not controllable.

21 posted on 06/06/2009 6:18:40 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Post5203
My way of restoring sight is sooo much easier and ethical.
22: And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23: And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24: And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25: After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26: And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town. (Mark 8:22-26)
The wisdom of God is foolishness to man.
Not complicated or unethical enough I guess.
22 posted on 06/06/2009 6:21:56 AM PDT by The Anti-One (So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

An inconvenient truth that that the supporters of embryonic-stem cell research (that is, those who want to industrialize abortion for disgusting profits) is that embryonic stem cells are far more like to mutate into cancer cells than adult stem cells.

This, in and by itself, should be reason enough to cease using embryonic stem cells (aside from the horrific moral issue).


23 posted on 06/06/2009 6:33:02 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (The most dangerous fascists are those with a warm smile and soothing voice.)
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To: Squawk 8888
A former classmate of mine is a nurse working in umbilical cord harvesting;as you say,no need for using aborted fetuses.

Besides,ones' own tissue will not be rejected by the immune system.

24 posted on 06/06/2009 6:37:19 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: cake_crumb

cc wrote: “If it had been fetal stem cells, it would have been HUGE news.”

The main product of fetal stem cells seems to be medical disasters.

http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/2005-09-05_esc_mutations.pdf


25 posted on 06/06/2009 6:44:02 AM PDT by Reverend Wright ("Bankruptcy is not a sign of weakness." B. H. Obama, May 2, 2009.)
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To: Post5203

Remarkable!


26 posted on 06/06/2009 7:21:29 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: Post5203; wagglebee
The research team from UNSW’s School of Medical Sciences harvested stem cells from patients’ own eyes to rehabilitate the damaged cornea.

If they didn't have to kill anyone to harvest the stem cells, this won't get much coverage. It's just like all the other advances in stem cell research. It always come from some innocuous source. If you want to see the media swarm all over a story, find a case of embryonic stem cells providing treatment. That would be news.

27 posted on 06/06/2009 7:23:15 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Fight the bastards or perish! ~ Jim Robinson ~ Þ)
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To: Post5203

THIS IS SO FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I love hearing stories like this, I love it!!! Praise God for all of this, finding the cure for our problems within ourselves, through him!!!


28 posted on 06/06/2009 8:25:34 AM PDT by Niuhuru
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

“virtually all cases of effectual treatments”

all cases. absolutely all cases.

Embryonic stem cells are good for making cancer and death, so don’t write them off for our liberal friends quite yet.

(I wish anything in my sentence above WAS a joke)


29 posted on 06/06/2009 8:35:08 AM PDT by Harrius Magnus (LIBERALS: We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.)
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To: napscoordinator

God created all of us and gave us Reason to find cures that wouldn’t include the cannibalizing of his newly created beloved human being.


30 posted on 06/06/2009 8:55:37 AM PDT by victim soul
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To: Post5203
Another Adult Stem Cell victory.

Killing babies just wastes money and kills babies.

Embryonic Stem cell is such a fa38ilure!!!

Those liberals have to find more ways to kill babies...

31 posted on 06/06/2009 9:06:01 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: Post5203

adult stem cells from the patient, od course


32 posted on 06/06/2009 9:19:14 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: napscoordinator

adult stem cells have been very useful


33 posted on 06/06/2009 9:19:52 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Post5203

Wow!


34 posted on 06/06/2009 10:24:14 AM PDT by john in springfield
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Ayup, here as in virtually all cases of effectual treatments, the stem cells came from the patient, not an embryo.

Using someone else's stem cells when your own are available brings to mind using Saab auto parts to fix your Chevy. Sure they may be similar and may even work to a degree, but why would you do that?

35 posted on 06/06/2009 2:49:34 PM PDT by RJL
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To: hoosierham

I told a pro-embryonic person who accused me of being anti stem cell that it was my hope in my life time to participate in the build of an umbilical cord storage facility in a place such as Haiti or Africa because the use of those STEM CELLS would be considered so routine in use, it would be inhumane not to have these in poor areas.


36 posted on 06/06/2009 6:28:50 PM PDT by PrincessB (The change he's peddling isn't something I believe in.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
To the best of my knowledge, there has yet to be a safe effective treatment for anything, based on embryonic stem cells. In vivo experiments with embryonic stem cells have tended to go very wrong.
37 posted on 06/06/2009 9:22:07 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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