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Major Step In Making Better Stem Cells From Adult Tissue
Science Daily ^ | Oct. 19, 2009 | Science Daily

Posted on 10/19/2009 6:19:42 AM PDT by Salman

A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has developed a method that dramatically improves the efficiency of creating stem cells from human adult tissue, without the use of embryonic cells. The research makes great strides in addressing a major practical challenge in the development of stem-cell-based medicine.

The findings were published in an advance, online issue of the journal Nature Methods on October 18, 2009.

The new technique, which uses three small drug-like chemicals, is 200 times more efficient and twice as fast as conventional methods for transforming adult human cells into stem cells (in this case called "induced pluripotent stem cells" or "iPS cells").

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adult; better; cells; major; stem; stemcells; step; tissue

1 posted on 10/19/2009 6:19:43 AM PDT by Salman
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To: Salman

Faster, please.


2 posted on 10/19/2009 6:37:37 AM PDT by sono (We already pay farmers not to farm. Why can’t we pay legislators not to legislate?)
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To: Salman

How long do we wait for the MSM’s apology to the Bush Administration for not wasting our time and money on embryonic cells?


3 posted on 10/19/2009 6:44:55 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: Salman

It is my hope that (far down the line, but I may live to see it) autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) may be used to cure my Rheumatoid Arthritis: not just manage the symptoms, but cure it. That is, IF medical innovation is “allowed” to continue in our “reformed” “health care future” :o/

I have an extra-and-special interest because my auto-immune destructive process has gotten tot he point where it’s beginning to affect my lungs and eyes.


4 posted on 10/19/2009 6:49:51 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Oremus, fratres.)
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To: Salman
The creation of iPS cells from adult cells sidesteps ethical concerns associated with the use of embryonic stem cells, and allows the generation of stem cells matched to a patient's own immune system, avoiding the problem of tissue rejection.

What's so interesting to me in all of this is that the "ethical concerns" are readily acknowledged -- and many folks are quite willing to override them in any case.

It's human nature, I suppose -- to trade life for life. But (as if we needed more proof), it turns out that the trade was unnecessary to begin with.

It highlights one of the key dangers of technology: the potential for achieving desirable results tends to mask the difference between "can" and "should."

5 posted on 10/19/2009 7:24:44 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Salman

The demorats are against adult stem cell research because it does not involve killing.


6 posted on 10/19/2009 7:38:03 AM PDT by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: jesseam
The demorats are against adult stem cell research because it does not involve killing.

Huh. So, just like they twist everything else, for them "No blood; no foul" gets twisted into being an expression of profound disappointment.

7 posted on 10/19/2009 8:28:25 AM PDT by HKMk23 (In the end, life contains only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.)
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