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SCI/TECH: Approved Federal Stem Cell Lines Contaminated, Research May Be Delayed For 2 years

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posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 02:20 PM
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The human embryonic stem cell lines, approved by the Bush administration for research have been found to be contaminated. This recent revelation, means that the cells cannot be used for medical experiments and the like. It will take a year or two according to scientists to regrow the cells.
 



sfgate.com
All human embryonic stem cell lines approved for use in federally funded research are contaminated with a foreign molecule from mice that may make them risky for use in medical therapies, according to a study released Sunday.

Researchers at the UC San Diego and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla report that if the stem cells are transplanted into people, the cells could provoke an immune system attack that would wipe out their ability to deliver cures for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes.

The finding is a setback to the Bush administration's controversial policy of providing federal funding only for research using a limited number of embryonic stem cell lines already in existence.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


As bad as it may seems, its great news for California. last year we passed a 3 billion dollar bond measure and established the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. This will put California on the forefront of research in this critical area. Free of the religious and political influences of the White House, the research garnered by the state could benefit mankind for quite some time.




posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 02:33 PM
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Originally posted by FredT
The human embryonic stem cell lines, approved by the Bush administration for research have been found to be contaminated. This recent revelation...


Not a recent revelation. ...This was known long ago and was the main argument for funding stem cell therapy.

...More spin. Wonder where this one's going...


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posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 02:50 PM
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Human + Mouse = Humouse, the new breed of soldier.


After the disasterous "pigman" experement, the TPTB have been looking for a new, cheap source of manpower for the new Army.




Seriously, It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will Bush reverse himself?



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 02:55 PM
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Originally posted by FredT
This will put California on the forefront of research in this critical area.

Indeed, california is going to see a massive influx of researchers and a huge boost to their scientific economy.



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 02:57 PM
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So, is this a power play by Arnold, hmmmm?



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 03:03 PM
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Originally posted by HowardRoark
So, is this a power play by Arnold, hmmmm?


Like a universal soilder thing? No, the ballot measure was already on the books when the governator took over, he did support it and his popularity helped combat religious groups opposed to it. As did the Hollywood support etc.

Arnold is a pragmatic and anything that bring in business and this will no doubt do that in spades



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 03:16 PM
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Wonder how "ALL" cells became contaminated



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 03:29 PM
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how about "on purpose" ?



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 03:44 PM
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From the link:



When the Bush-approved stem cells were first isolated, they were grown in petri dishes lined with cells from mice and bathed in blood serum from calves and other animals. The animal material was used to encourage the stem cells to multiply while preserving their unusual ability to mature into any kind of human cell.




Researchers have suspected that exposing the stem cells to animal products could have contaminated them with viruses, proteins or other molecules that could be dangerous to people. Now they have evidence that it did.



Sounds like someone took a pretty big gamble here. Maybe not a deliberate mistake, but certainly not a wise one if you ask me.



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 03:49 PM
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Originally posted by Britguy
Wonder how "ALL" cells became contaminated



...My guess - the "contaminant" is an infectious prion (similar to the prion that causes 'mad cow' disease) - fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) causes stem cells to mutate by making actin proteins mis-fold into "a-smooth muscle actin." ...The disease infects nearly 100% of Americans by adulthood - and it stands to reason that's what the stem cells are contaminated with.



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