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March 24, 2006

Adult Stem Cells Further Prove Their Worth

Those wacky adult stem cells. Every time you turn around, they keep showing that they have a lot more potential that you thought with none of the downsides of embryonic stem cells.

German scientists said on Friday they had isolated sperm-producing stem cells that have similar properties to embryonic stem cells from adult mice.

If the same type of cells in humans show similar qualities the researchers from the Georg-August-University of Goettingen believe they could be used in stem cell research which would remove the ethical dilemma associated with stem cells derived from human embryos.

"These isolated spermatogonial stem cells respond to culture conditions and acquire embryonic stem cell properties," Gerd Hasenfuss and his colleagues said in report published online by the journal Nature.

Stem cells are master cells that have the potential to develop into any cell type in the body. Scientists believe they could act as a type of repair system to provide new therapies for illnesses ranging from diabetes to Parkinson's.

But their use is controversial because the most promising stem cells for treating human disease are derived from very early human embryos left over from fertility treatments.

If the same can be done with human cells, then the folks pushing hard for embryonic stem cell research will have the final plank knocked out from under them. The only folks left standing will be those for whom "ethics" is a quaint anachronism, and who care more about research money for corporations doing ESS work. Here's hoping that further research reveals that this source of stem cells is available to us.

Posted by Doug at March 24, 2006 01:24 PM

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I predict this type stem cells in the place( so as many other things ) , if it possible ,I wont to connect with Goettingen or his collega . I will be glad to get his e-mail address .

Posted by: Sergey at March 29, 2006 01:43 AM

Doug, where are the double digit responses yelling for embryonic stem research? That would be the die-hard pro-choice crowd that buy into anything that supports abortion. I can't believe they've succombed to reason so easily.

Posted by: Across the Flow at March 30, 2006 08:50 AM

Heh, indeed.

(Although, to be fair, half of those double-digit responses are mine, so that doesn't really count.)

Posted by: Doug Payton at March 30, 2006 09:55 AM