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Dead bodies can provide organs for transplants, now they might become a source of stem cells too. Huge numbers of stem cells can still be mined from bone marrow five days after death to be potentially used in a variety of life-saving treatments.
Stem cell therapies require a huge numbers of cells though, and it can be difficult to obtain a sufficient amount from a living donor. Could cadavers be the answer? After death, most cells in the body die within a couple of days. But since MSCs live in an environment that is very low in oxygen, Gianluca D'Ippolito and his colleagues at the University of Miami, Florida, wondered whether they might survive longer than the others.
Time - Phrase
00:41:15 And then I saw the fields with my own eyes...
00:41:18 ...watched them liquefy the dead...
00:41:20 ...so they could be fed intravenously to the living.
00:41:24 And standing there, facing the pure, horrifying precision...
00:41:28 ...I came to realize the obviousness of the truth.
Originally posted by Kratos40
reply to post by happykat39
In my field, it requires at least 2.0x10^6/Kg stem cells to have successful engraftment for cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy.
While only limited amounts of bone marrow can be taken from a living donor, a cadaver represents a plentiful source of cells, says D'Ippolito. "From one donor, you could take the whole spine, for example. You are going to end up with billions of cells."
Originally posted by PrplHrt
reply to post by windword
I'm old. I've seen a few things. What I'm seeing now is a lack of humility.
Man is so self-satisfied with himself that he doesn't stop to consider the morality of the things he does.
You've assumed my perspective is a religious one. It isn't.
My perspective is one of dignity for the dead. It's okay if someone signs up to be defiled after death. My concern is the violation of individuals who have not volunteered for such things. Look what happened to Alistair Cooke.
Medicine is the province of modern day Frankensteins. It's just that no one has the balls to challenge The Beast. Your faith in the monster behind the scalpel is touching.