Saturday, January 30, 2010

Out of Necessity, Invention - Conversion of skin cells into brain neurons

From "Nature" magazine - Jan. 27th, 2010:

A remarkable study at Stanford University received very little notice in the media, yet the implications for this study are potentially vast. Being able to convert skin cells into brain neurons not only has potential for addressing the various degenerative diseases that affect the brain, but also intercepts the long-standing and very painful debate between those favoring stem cell research in order to cure such disease, and those countering on moral grounds that stem-cells, generally harvested from embryos in early stages of development, should not be used for this purpose.

The study, according to one reporter, would be "a landmark study" if it was applicable not only to mice but to humans. However, results, even now, have accomplished in the field of Regenerative Medicine what scientists have been trying to accomplish for years. (See: Mouse skin cells turned into brain neurons).

Those who gather their news from either radio, television, or internet news outlets (which is almost everyone) need to question why inspirational developments such as this are not given more space and time, while those that feed the appetite for violence, scandal, or deception become a steady diet.

We need, as a society, to be inspired by inspiration in whatever field it occurs. To know that at times of need, human diligence, creativity, and inspiration can come up with something totally new.

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