May 30 2005
Hat tip to Newsmax for finding this one.
This is amazing news which could, as Newsmax says, render all discussions of embryonic stem cell research moot. Embryonic stem cell research, to date, has shown no tangible results. But adult stem cell research is blazing trails on many fronts. Adult stem cells are the best option to reduce the risk of tissue rejection and other genetic incompatabilities if the source of the adult stem cells can be the patients themselves. This recent breakthrough in Australia is just the kind of solution that the scientific community has been looking for.
The only question is will the liberal MSM be able to reject their own biases and recognize this for what it is. If this comes through, we will not need to kill humans to save the lives of the ill.
Griffith University researchers have successfully grown adult stem cells harvested from the olfactory mucosa, the organ of smell in the human nose.
They demonstrated the cells can give rise not only to nerve cells but also to heart, liver, kidney, and muscle cells. A paper on their work is to be published online this week in peer-reviewed life sciences journal Developmental Dynamics.
â€œThese adult olfactory stem cells appear to have the same ability as embryonic stem cells in giving rise to many different cell types but have the advantage that they can be obtained from all individuals, even older people who might be most in need of stem cell therapies. Stem cells obtained from and transplanted into the same person would not be rejected by the immune system,â€ he said.
â€œAnother advantage of adult olfactory stem cells is they are readily obtained from the nose and relatively easy to grow and multiply in the lab. In a few weeks we can make plenty of cells for transplantation or for studying their biology. We can get them from people with diseases and study the biology of those diseases as they affect the stem cells or the differentiated cells derived from them.â€
These people have probably done more for humanity through their dedication and patience than is immediately obvious. We will not have to be a people who kill innocent life to address the needs of the sick. Thank you all for this great gift.