Adult Stem Cell Awareness

October 30, 2007

“A miracle, but not a cure”

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Amy Silverstein, author of new and controversial, Sick Girl was recently interviewed on CNN. Her post-heart-transplant-malaise has not been well-recieved by other organ transplant recipients. She is happy to be alive, but qualifies the transplant that bought her over 20 years of life as, “a miracle, but not a cure.”  Living life fighting organ rejection is by no means easy.

Is there another way? One day, perhaps.

We are nowhere near the generation of organs complex as human  hearts – and we may never be.  But autologous tissue engineering has, thus far, generated tissue for most of a new bladder for a handful of patients with spina bifida, and last year British scientists announced they had grown a mini-liver from umbilical cord cells.  Because these organs are produced from autologous tissue – made from the patient’s own cells, the typical risks associated with organ transplantation can be avoidedRegenerative medicine using ethical sources of stem cells could deliver, in short, both a miracle and a cure.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] a variety of adult stem cells from rats, which is awesome news because, if you’ll recall a previous post, while organ transplants may save lives, recipients have to contend with anti-rejection drugs […]

    Pingback by A brilliant idea redux: hope for those needing transplants « Adult Stem Cell Awareness — January 24, 2008 @ 11:01 pm | Reply


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