Monday, November 6, 2006

We're Getting There

Over across the pond they're doing some exciting work in stem cell research.  Dr. Lyle Armstrong of Newcastle University is directing the program wherein they've already inserted a piece of rodent DNA into a bovine egg.  They used a mouse since obviously they can't use human DNA in experimentation of this kind.

What they accomplished was, as the cells divided (outside the nucleus) they were able to use the 99.9% DNA harvested, throwing out the eggs.  By continuing this method they're able to extract the growing stem cells, their true goal.  I should mention I'm very much in favor of embrionic stem cell research.  If it were as morally questionable as some believe, why do we just toss it away?  So!  This is how far we've come and, to me, it's most exciting.

Good luck, Dr. Armstong of the UK, keep working! 

10 comments:

lanurseprn said...

I agree with you. They need to keep researching it.  Let's hope that the good doctor keeps it up and is successful!
Pam

swmpgrly said...

Im with you!!

seraphoflove9001 said...

I agree! :o)
Lisa

bobandkate said...

Did you know Cathy that this same group have now lodged an application to the Home Office to get a licence to be allowed to use Human sperm in place of the Rodent Sperm to make a hybrid embryo? If the application is successful, and I think it will be then stem cells will be harvested from human/bovine hybrid embryos for further reasearch. I am all for this research. In fact my husband's ears pricked up at the news. He is very interested in getting involved in this cutting edge research which will lead to medical treatments that we can only dream about now.
Kate.
http://journals.aol.co.uk/bobandkate/AnAnalysisofLife/

rayne1123 said...

very interesting.
noelle

brainwhispers said...

Does this mean they are going to grow Human/mice hybrids?
Coooool!

angelm0304 said...

Wow!  I wish them lot of luck and success.
Hugs,
Angel

mutualaide said...

WOW!  Double wow!  I'm with you ... a big believer!

rockoned7 said...

Any break through in advancement of stem cell technology must be viewed as great for the human race. However, it is with caution that the human stem cells should be used in the possible cure of ailments in humans. Too much of this technology can lead to a disappointed person relying of this “cure all” but instead of helping, may bring further disappointment.  Any breakthrough has to be good news in general

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