Monday, October 30, 2006

Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Transformed Into a Liver!

This is a huge story: Scientists in the UK have transformed umbilical cord blood stem cells into a liver. From the story: "As it stands, the mini organ can be used to test new drugs, preventing disasters such as the recent 'Elephant Man' drug trial. Using lab-grown liver tissue would also reduce the number of animal experiments." Eventually, scientists hope to generate this technique into liver therapies--and perhaps even transplants. Wow!

Let's see if the US media ignore or underplay this. After all, it is an experiment that does not undermine the Bush stem cell funding policy, so it really isn't news.

4 Comments:

At October 31, 2006 , Blogger Gregory L. Ford said...

Truly amazing.

Here's a nice story about umbilical cord banks from yesterday's New York Sun: http://www.nysun.com/article/42485.

 
At October 31, 2006 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

There was the usual news blackout, so I wrote a piece in the Daily Standard. It is posted in one of today's entries.

 
At November 01, 2006 , Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

A good friend of mine has a pregnant daughter-in-law who wants to donate cord blood for cord stem cell research when her baby is born. How does one go about this?

 
At November 02, 2006 , Blogger Gregory L. Ford said...

Lydia: http://www.cordus.com/index.htm.

 

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