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Human Astrocytes Developed From Stem Cells 92

Posted by samzenpus
from the engineer-a-better-you dept.
RogerRoast writes "Astrocytes are the most ubiquitous cells in the brain. They perform critical support function to the neurons. These cells are also implicated in several human brain disorders. The U of Wisconsin researchers developed a method to create these cells from stem cells. According to the lead author Dr Zhang, 'not a lot of attention has been paid to these cells because human astrocytes have been hard to get, but we can make billions or trillions of them from a single stem cell.' The technology developed by the Wisconsin group lays a foundation to make all the different species of astrocytes. It may be possible to genetically engineer them to mimic disease so that previously inaccessible neurological conditions can be studied in the lab."
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Human Astrocytes Developed From Stem Cells

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  • by ledow (319597) on Monday May 23, 2011 @05:26AM (#36215340) Homepage

    If God wanted man to fly, he'd have given him wings.
    If God wanted man to travel outside the planet, he'd have given him the ability to breath in space.
    If God wanted man to live through a heart attack, he'd have given him an internal defibrillator.
    If God wanted man to travel the oceans, he'd have given him flippers.

    Seems to me that what "God wants" is an inherently outdated list of things that we deliberately break, through choice, every day.

    Basically, if "God wants" me to do something, chances are I'm not going to do it - not out of some inherent disobedience but because doing those things is SENSIBLE and pushes the human race forward.

"You don't go out and kick a mad dog. If you have a mad dog with rabies, you take a gun and shoot him." -- Pat Robertson, TV Evangelist, about Muammar Kadhafy

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