posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 10:44 AM
In a remarkable study, Australian scientists, with the help of the Catholic Church, have successfully grown stem cells taken from a human nose. The
church assisted because this could help avoid the ethical and moral issues surrounding stem cell research.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - With the help of the Catholic Church, Australian researchers have successfully grown adult stem cells harvested from the human
nose, avoiding the ethical and legal problems associated with embryonic stem cells.
Australia bans creating human embryos to harvest stem cells but scientists may use embryos left over from IVF (in-vitro fertility) treatment. Stems
cells harvested through other means, such as from the nose, is legal.
Head researcher Alan Mackay-Sim of Griffith University said the adult stem cells taken from inside the nose could potentially be used to grow nerve,
heart, liver, kidney and muscle cells.
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This is truly a great discovery. If it proves to be useful, then this could help us use stem cells in medical research, without the sticky issue of
using embryonic stem cells.
Hopefully, with this announcement, the US (arguably the one of the biggest players in medical research) will allow stem cell research, as well as
other countries such as the UK and EU (who have a moratorium). If so, we could make great advances with this.
Possible benefits that could come about would be organ regeneration/replacement and curing of chronic or fatal diseases, such as MS or Alzheimers.
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