Good news, everyone!  

Posted by doug

At least, I hope so. Hypes come and go, and I often get crushed when I find out something didn't pan out the way I'd hoped. So I'm cautiously optimistic.

Scientists have figured out a way to make human skin cells act like stem cells. This is important for many reasons. If it works, then those dour reprobates who consistently argue that an embryo is a life can kiss my lily white ass. The whole argument becomes moot and they'll have to focus their Luddite appetites elsewhere. So they can go back to their fetus-fests1 while ignoring the full-blown adult version of humans.

The second reason why this rocks is that any potential cures can be personalized to the patient- ergo, no risk of rejection. When someone today gets, say, a new lung, they have to take drug upon drug to weaken their immune system so it doesn't reject that donor lung. Tissue grown using one's own skin cells will not need to be rejected, in the immune systems opinion, because it belongs to that person.

Something else that's interesting - these scientists used these cells to create beating cardiac tissue. So, I have to wonder, all those people who think that a beating heart makes a fetus alive - is this clump of tissue a person?


1 Coming to a town near you, usually in the spring. Stay away from the corndogs!

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2 rabid fans

It is so weird, because I just saw the headlines about this and was going to email you and ask what you thought. Well, here are your thoughts! ;)

Funny how that works out.

November 20, 2007 at 3:30:00 PM CST
matt  

hey doug, your a hard man to get a phone number for, give me a call 9855166619 Matt M.

January 5, 2008 at 3:02:00 PM CST

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