Please watch this new documentary showing the amazing results from cord blood stem cells in our son’s life. www.KensJourneyToRecovery.Blogspot.com. The clinic we used was the top clinic in the world, the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. **note. The footage at the beginning of the film and throughout Ken was 8 YEARS old, not 2, like mentioned in news articles. Video Rating: / 5
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Stem cells are biological cells found in all multicellular organisms, that can divide (through mitosis) and differentiate into diverse specialized cell types and can self-renew to produce more stem cells. In mammals, there are two broad types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells, which are isolated from the inner cell mass of blastocysts, and adult stem cells, which are found in various tissues. In adult organisms, stem cells and progenitor cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. In a developing embryo, stem cells can differentiate into all the specialized cells (these are called pluripotent cells), but also maintain the normal turnover of regenerative organs, such as blood, skin, or intestinal tissues.
There are three accessible sources of autologous adult stem cells in humans:
Bone marrow, which requires extraction by harvesting, that is, drilling into bone (typically the femur or iliac crest),
Adipose tissue (lipid cells), which requires extraction by liposuction, and
Blood, which requires extraction through pheresis, wherein blood is drawn from the donor (similar to a blood donation), passed through a machine that extracts the stem cells and returns other portions of the blood to the donor.
Stem cells can also be taken from umbilical cord blood just after birth. Of all stem cell types, autologous harvesting involves the least risk. By definition, autologous cells are obtained from one’s own body, just as one may bank his or her own blood for elective surgical procedures.
Enliven: Journal of Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine is an Open access, peer reviewed international journal and it aims to publish different types of articles on emerging developments and supports current and upcoming research in the field of stem cell biology. This journal also allows articles on developmental biology and regenerative medicine.
This journal will support the budding scientists, scholars, academicians, researchers, and students by providing Open access platform for publishing their work.
This journal will follow the peer review policies and will bode Open access in having quality research output.
This journal combines the innovative scientific ideas and ways in stem cell biology, developmental biology, regenerative medicine and all other related disciplines to have an innovative output.
The third instalment of RTÉ’s documentary series, ‘Science Friction’ where science and society collide, explores one of the most controversial issues in the history of science: the human embryo and its use in the ground-breaking field of stem cell research.
In this episode, presenter Liz Bonnin embarks on a journey to meet the different people, both within and outside the science community, whose lives are touched by the controversy surrounding the embryo. Liz talks to 22-year-old Geoff Harte, who was left paralysed after breaking his neck in a school rugby match, and now believes that stem cells may one day help him to walk again.
We also hear from Stephen Sullivan, a Harvard based Irish scientist who uses frozen embryos left over as a result of IVF treatment, as a source of stem cells for his groundbreaking research. On the flip side of the coin, Martin Clynes, a scientist at Dublin City University, explains why he passionately believes that research which destroys human embryos is morally unacceptable.
And finally, Liz meets Lisa O’Callaghan who, after giving birth to a daughter thanks to IVF treatment, now finds herself with frozen embryos of her own and confusion over what will become of them. O’Callaghan is not alone; this is an issue particularly relevant to Ireland, where the status of the embryo is mired in ambiguity and embryonic stem cell research remains a no-go area for scientists.
Stem cell research is one of the most exciting branches of modern medical science. Stem cells have the ability to transform themselves into any of the over 200 different types of cells found in the human body. Stem cells have been hailed by many scientists as the source of potential treatments for currently incurable conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and spinal injury.
However it’s not a straight-forward ‘good news’ story because according to a large body of scientists, the best source of stem cells is currently the human embryo and in order to remove the stem cells, the embryo must be destroyed.
The controversy revolves around people’s perception of the embryo. To some, it is the very early stage in the life of a human being and must be afforded the same rights as a fully developed person. But, to others, it is a collection of cells which, while having the potential to become a human being, can justifiably be used instead to treat terrible diseases.
In this compelling documentary, Bonnin confronts the fact that, sooner or later, the Irish public will have to make a decision on how we view the human embryo. Video Rating: / 5