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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:50 AM
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If drink or disease destroy your liver, just grow a new one
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Patients whose livers are destroyed by alcohol or infection could grow a new organ using their own stem cells after a breakthrough by British scientists.

At present the demand for new livers outweighs the number provided by donors by 10 to one, a figure that transplant specialists expect to increase. The former footballer and alcoholic George Best caused controversy in 2002 when he received a liver transplant and then continued drinking.

Now researchers at London's Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College are about to begin trials that could enable patients to rebuild livers inside their own bodies within five years. The first human tests of the method, which involves injecting stem cells to regenerate diseased livers, will begin before Christmas.

Nagy Habib, a professor of heptobiliary surgery at Imperial College, who is leading the research, said: "This could be the big breakthrough we have been looking for. We desperately need something in addition to transplantation.
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:58 AM
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1. McCoy did that with Kidneys in Star Trek 4
Well he used a pill too --- but still it is amazing what was considered distantly futuristic a decade ago is now on the verge of being a modern treatment.
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:06 AM
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4. star trek "predicted" a lot of things
including cell phones, talking computers, and gps locators.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:49 PM
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12. that's because lately science has tended to follow science fiction
Scientists see these shows and wonder "how might we do that?" and then go invent it. That's a good thing, IMO.
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:00 AM
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13. Well except for ther Terminator!
n/t
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Massacure Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:59 AM
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2. Will this also reduce the chance of needing to take anti-rejection drugs?
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:21 AM
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5. Totally unneeded.
It's your own cells - nothing to reject.

This would be fantastic if it works!
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:31 AM
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8. I know two young kids,
siblings, who had liver transplants because of a genetic disease. (The transplants were from their parents.)

I wonder if eventually they will be able to grow a new self-celled liver for someone who has already had a transplant and therefore has no more of their own liver cells in their body. That would need further advances, of course, because they would have to "teach" undifferentiated stem cells to become liver cells. But the kids each had a transplant at age 2. The boy is now 13, the girl about 5 or 6. It would be wonderful if they could go off the immunosuppressant drugs! They have spent so much time in hospitals because of infections as a result of those drugs.

Of course, the fundies think a few cells in a petri dish are far more important than these very real, precious children, so they resist all stem cell research.

Idiots.
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sadiesworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:04 AM
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3. This might come in handy after another 4 years of Bushco.
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Jeanette in FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:50 AM
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7. You took the words right out of my mouth
"This might come in handy after another 4 years of Bushco."
Posted by sadiesworld
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eleonora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:48 AM
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6. Great news!
This is amazing...
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:03 PM
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9. But...but...but...stem cells are EVIL!!!!!!
Red America told me so.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:13 PM
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10. There go those pesky stem cells again. damn things just
keep on turning into body organs! Who would'a thunk it.
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Ernesto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:47 PM
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11. Aw yes another industry that chimp has sent abroad
Talk about "off-shoring"! I guess chimp knows what's best for 'merica: better he retains his political support from fundy nuts than let science save lives (& jobs) on our own soil.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:23 AM
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15. exactly! and bushco and their weirdo ideas will continue to force the
export and development of CRITICAL technology and seriously hemorrhage our economy.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:21 AM
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14. here's the proper link
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:37 AM
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16. According to an earlier thread today, there is a law being proposed
To put a stop to stem cell research in the U.S. One of its more bizarre proposals is that any American citizen that gets stem cell related treatment outside the U.S. wouldn't be allowed back in the country. So, you may have to emigrate to Britain, should this come to pass.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:48 AM
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17. I hope that works!
My mother has Hepatitis C and while her liver tests are good right now there's a good chance she may need a transplant someday. Unfortunately, a lot of other boomers have the same problem and there just aren't going to be enough spare parts to go around. :(
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