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Monday, July 14, 2014

THE STEM CELL:BY GEORGE KURIAN

A Health Revolution Ahead ?
With the advancement of stem cells and Nanotechnology, there may be a lot of advancements in the health field. What we are unable to cure today may be so simple tomorrow. Remember about so many diseases we were witnessing in the past which devoured many lives in the 1940s and 1950s but with the advent of new findings and discoveries we are able to conquer many of those diseases and they are no longer a threat.
Now with stem cell many diseases will be cured and with nanotechnology we may be able to treat , cure and even prevent many diseases and help to advance the longevity of the human beings, we hope.
Our President, Mr. Obama is going to lift the ban on the stem cell research funding and let us see some highlights of the importance of Stem Cell research:
"Seeing The Future"
"Some areas where researchers say stem cells of various types may one day prove of value, although all the research is in very early stages:
* California-based Geron Corp. will start the world's first study of a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells this summer, a project aimed at patients who recently suffered a spinal cord injury that left their legs paralyzed. Study participants will be given a single injection within two weeks of the injury, to see if the treatment helps repair damaged nerves.
Stem cells helped psralyzed rodents move again in several ways including regrow destroyed nerve cells in the spinal cord and successfully restoring myelin,a nerve fiber insulation that helps maintain the electrical conduction required to move.
*Scientists are working to create insulin producing cells for diabetics, and cells that could produce the brain chemical needed by parkinson's disease patients.
*Last year researchers used human embryonic stem cells to create cells that act- in lab tests-like natural red cells, offering the potential to one day ramp up the blood supply.
* Embryonic stem cells aren't the only type. Studies also are under way using adult stem cells, harvested from patients own blood or bone marrow, and one using cells derived from the placenta.
Reprogramming of the adult stem cells by Dr.Hanna of Weizmann's Institute has become a breakthrough.
* Researchers are also learning to take ordinary cells and reprogram them to act like stem cells." Quoted from ASSOCIATED PRESS/The Star Ledger Newspaper 3/7/2009 written by Ben Feller and Lauran Neeragard

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