April 4, 2006

WHERE'S THE FUN IF THERE'S NO KILLING INVOLVED? (via Pepys):

First Bladders Grown in Lab Transplanted: Breakthrough Shows Promise for Creating Other Human Organs (Rick Weiss, April 4, 2006, Washington Post)

Researchers said yesterday that they have grown complete urinary bladders in a laboratory and transplanted them into patients, improving their health and achieving a Holy Grail of medicine: the first cultivation of working replacements for failing solid organs in people. [...]

Experts applauded the work as a coming of age for the long-struggling field of tissue engineering and as a possible way to bypass some of the controversy over embryonic stem cells.

Those versatile cells stir political trouble because obtaining them requires the destruction of human embryos. Although embryonic cells remain the most versatile biological building blocks, it now appears that at least some tissues, and even whole organs, can be generated without using the cells at all.

Because the replacement bladders were made from patients' own cells, they did not stimulate an immune-system reaction.


Watch how quickly the Death Lobby loses interest in this stuff if it doesn't require taking lives.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2006 2:32 PM
Comments

It's even more frightening than that. A recent comparison between a WSJ and NYT piece on curing Diabetes in mice (using adult stem cells) garnered a near total misrepresentation on the part of the NYT.

They won't be happy until they've abolished mankind

Posted by: Bruno at April 4, 2006 2:50 PM

Fetal stem cells are the closest thing we have to promatter (Star Trek reference).

Posted by: Ptah at April 4, 2006 5:14 PM

I've never trusted Klingons.

Orrin, I hope your next book is on a topic such as this. You have a real knack for finding the thread running through these issues.

Posted by: RC at April 4, 2006 10:05 PM

And not a moment too soon. Many of us could use an extra bladder.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at April 5, 2006 3:16 AM

Of course having an extra bladder will lead to the need for a replacement liiver even faster.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 5, 2006 10:22 PM
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