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STEM CELL

26/06/2013

Stem Cell Research has been carried out now for decades. So what exactly is it? And how far have we come?

People talk about Cloning Humans, which is absurd isn’t it? Even if we could get that far?  


So what is the truth then, how far have we come with this technology? Is everything that is being worked on, out there in the public domain? What do you think? One thing for sure is that there are no bounds to the imagination of man and, where there is a will there is a way! So what about the big question then, could we clone humans and control them? The theme is not at all unique after all God’s Angels are simple an army that do as they are told and, what about the Star Wars Clones and Stormtroopers, sure the Clones are Mechanical but our endeavour into Robotics will ultimately prove this principal, we can see it developing with the Drone Wars.

So will we try and play god by creating man?


An alternative opinion then, would be that of people such as Michael J.Fox and the late Christopher Reeves, who articulately and emotionally point out the merits of using this technology to benefit the species. So like all things, surely it’s not a case of if Stem Cell Research is a good thing or a bad thing, just a case of the intent of its use. Once again this is the issue, can we trust in ourselves? Can we trust in regulations? Can we trust the regulators? And of course, can we guarantee its use…. Well obviously not, but should that be a stinking point?

SOMATIC CELL NUCLEAR TRANSFER SNT

First Cloned Human Embryos Yield Stem Cells.

OK then, I will start with the latest news first (2nd quarter 2013.).  



A team from Oregon, USA made an embryonic clone of a human from someone’s skin cells and donated egg. So they have harvested working Stem Cells from that cloned embryo using SNT.

The nucleus of a mature cell is put into a human egg that has had its own nucleus taken out and, the egg is stimulated so the cells divide and grow. When around 100 cells have grown a reaction happens which enables the harvesting of Stem Cells from it. The stimulation process used was caffeine….yep!

The harvested cells were able to recreate every type of cell one could use, including Heart muscle cells. The original cloned mature cell is not able to turn into a human, so therefor is it not just a factory of spare parts from Mother Nature? Big debate yeah!

This means that embryonic cells should now be easier to harvest, but is it just the same as using an original embryo?  Does it make it more acceptable or just as immoral, depends on your point of view and, if you need help, I suppose?     



“Stem cells are biological cells found in all multicellular organisms, that can divide (through mitosis) and differentiate into diverse specialized cell types and can self-renew to produce more stem cells” (Extract: Wikipedia)


We have Organs produced in labs; Stem Cells are at the forefront of regeneration medicine. The most effective Stem Cells are embryonic and harvesting Stem Cells from embryos is a huge legal and ethical issue.  

So we have learned how to replicate organs via Stem Cells, manipulate and tweak DNA and, are developing all types of robotic enhancements (Transhumanism).


Are we leaning towards a Frankenstein scenario or just wishing to live forever?


The book of Enoch tells us we will live for 120 years, at this rate it’s quite likely.   


22/07/2013

Three Blind Mice

Breaking news regarding an experiment to rejuvenate sight on a mouse. Amazing story that in-time could have far reaching results for thousands!

“Scientists in Britain used stem cells -- early-stage, highly versatile cells -- taken from mice embryos, and cultured them in a lab dish so that they differentiated into immature photoreceptors, the light-catching cells in the retina. Around 200,000 of these cells were then injected into the retinas of mice; some cells integrated smoothly with local cells to restore sight. The rodents were put through their paces in a water maze and examined by optometry to confirm that they responded to light.”


Extract: www.news.discovery.com

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