Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Stem Cell injections anyone?

"Stem Cells", it seems that this term will be coming up more and more in the coming years. British scientist's believe they have discovered a new use for Stem Cells, this new method involves injecting stem cells directly into the body to repair or replace damaged parts.

Here is a description of the process from MailOnline-

"The treatment centres on stem cells - 'blank' cells with the ability to turn into other cell types - drawn from a person's own bone marrow. They are then coated with tiny magnetic particles before being injected into the body. A magnet, in the form of a cuff or a bracelet, is used to guide them to where they are needed. The magnetic field also provides the trigger needed for the stem cells to turn into bone and cartilage. The treatment could be used to mend fractures as well as to provide an alternative to joint replacements for osteoarthritis patients."

We are getting close to a point in medical technology where we are going to be able to repair ourselves as simply as you would your car. I wouldn't be surprised if the life expectancy reaches at least 150 in the next 20 years. All these new breakthroughs help inspire new ones, one technology can be used to create multiple others. We as humans are tapping into things that before just seemed to be the stuff of science fiction books, can we handle all this power? time will tell... I have heard about a lot of potential uses for stem cell research, from growing new body parts to repairing the ones we already have. Interesting times we live in folks.

1 comment:

bird5 said...

There is a group of physicians, patients and other interested people working together to get treatment with adult stem cells legalized in the U.S. as it should be. Please ask your family and friends to sign up ("JOIN"), and get as many doctors to sign up as well. Please see The American Stem Cell Therapy Association site