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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

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