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Scientists generate liver cells from skin

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posted on May, 11 2011 @ 11:30 PM
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Scientists generate liver cells from skin


www.abc.net.au

A team of scientists in China has found a way to restore damaged livers using adult skin stem cells.

The technique raises the possibility of what one liver specialist is calling the "Holy Grail" - that people now needing liver transplants could be simply treated with an injection of their own cells.

Researchers spent three years on the study in which they took skin cells from mice to reproduce fully functional liver cells.
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posted on May, 11 2011 @ 11:30 PM
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"The commonest cause for liver transplantation is the adult community in the western world is people with chronic hepatitis C infection who develop sclerosis or liver cancer," Professor McCaughan said.

The Chinese scientists have generated large amounts of liver cells in the test tube.

"Then using them to treat animals, in this case a mouse, then dying of liver failure with 100 per cent mortality or 100 per cent death rate, and then transfusing these new cells and only having a 50 per cent death rate," he said.

"The really exciting bit is that they've generated these liver cells from non-liver cells - what they've done is get them out of old skin and then transform these cells from skin cells into liver cells."

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posted on May, 11 2011 @ 11:48 PM
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Yeah Hoo Haa! I might need that in a few years.

In the meantime......"I'll have a Heineken"




posted on May, 11 2011 @ 11:52 PM
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Heavy metals and toxins in the environment, including radiation, also cause organ damage, disease and parasites. There are many reasons for damage not just the most known. And if this can be done with livers, why not kidneys and other organs. They should be able to repair damaged skin in burns by injections of seeding cells one day soon.
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posted on May, 12 2011 @ 12:04 AM
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Good news for alcoholics!



posted on May, 12 2011 @ 12:10 AM
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stem cell research is great!



posted on May, 12 2011 @ 12:13 AM
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They already have found a way for it:
www.youtube.com...
Sorry I don't know how to imbed! :/

But I think they are on their way to fix any kind of problem, brain, liver, heart, you name it!

Hopefully it will get out faster and become a reality sooner than expected and I really hope that it will be like
you get hurt, go to the hospital, they spray some and you go home healthier than before



posted on May, 12 2011 @ 12:37 AM
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I hate that the government is so skeptical about funding this research!this stuff is AMAZING.




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