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New Discovery Expected To Significantly Change Biomedical Research

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posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 07:56 AM
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Whilst this may not seem like an important discovery to many people, to me this is excellent news. You see, when cells are taken from the body, like when a person gets a biopsy, they struggle to survive for very long - even when kept at conditions similar to those inside the body.

This new discovery means that healthy cells, as well as cancerous cells, can survive in vitro potentially indefinitely


The research team, which also includes several scientists from the National Institutes of Health, found that adding two different substances to cancer and normal cells in a laboratory pushes them to morph into stem-like cells — adult cells from which other cells are made.



"We tried breast cells and they grew well. We tried prostate cells and their growth was fantastic, which is amazing because it is normally impossible to grow these cells in the lab," Schlegel says. "We found the same thing with lung and colon cells that have always been difficult to grow."


Of course, many of you will probably be wondering what this new discovery means to every day life. It will make the storing of cells and tissue samples in biobanks much more efficient and it could also allow doctors to tailor medicine to suit a patients needs, especially with diseases such as cancer


"Because every tumor is unique, this advance will make it possible for an oncologist to find the right therapies that both kills a patient's cancer and spares normal cells from toxicity," he says. "We can test resistance as well chemosensitivity to single or combination therapies directly on the cancer cell itself."


New Discovery Expected To Significantly Change Biomedical Research




posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 08:03 AM
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Soo excited to hear this, But am almost certain that it will not be available to joe public as usual and if it is its gunna be insanly costly... Anyone else think so



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 08:39 AM
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I think this is a wonderfull discovery. The patient only needs one biopsy on the cancerous/diseased cells and doesn't need to be bothered again until the medical scientist(s) figured out how to kill/cure the cancerous/diseased cells.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 08:42 AM
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Sounds like a breakthrough?

Hope this gets out quickly and efficiently and not suppressed



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 03:28 PM
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Well, it's available already to research laboratories or whoever else may be in the situation to be doing that type of research; it lists the two substances required.



posted on Dec, 19 2011 @ 03:36 PM
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Here's the "problem." The Nanny State (politicians) need to make sure that these procedures (developed by medical professionals in programs overseen by doctors holding licenses issued by these same politicians) are safe and will not harm us to any unacceptable degree (as it's impossible to say any medical procedure causes no harm - you are simply weighing the odds and/or known risks against the benefits).

That means that it will be another five to ten years before this ever starts to see new use.

Here's the other end of it. All new things come at a premium price compared to other market offerings. Hospitals, clinics, etc have to purchase new instruments, tools, and attend new training seminars (spend time away from their job - especially a key concept in private practices where doctors derive their income directly from their clientele - unlike in a hospital). All of that is costly, and the usual philosophy is to grade prices for that procedure over the next three years to pay for the investment.

After about three years, the price starts coming down, considerably. This is because the doctor can make more by performing the procedure frequently on more people than infrequently on wealthier clients. Market competition also starts to kick in after three to five years, and you start seeing practitioners competing for business.

Just look at what has happened with the various laser eye surgery prices (an elective surgery, basically - although many insurance companies will pay for it... lower risks of eye infections from contacts and replacing broken/old eyeglasses). The cost has gone down, and continues to go down despite the general trend of market inflation.



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