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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults 43

Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes in with news about a breakthrough in creating stem cells perfectly matched to a person's DNA. "...Lanza's group used caffeine to prevent the fused egg from dividing prematurely. Rather than leaving the egg with its newly introduced DNA for 30 minutes before activating the dividing stage, they let the eggs rest for about two hours. This gave the DNA enough time to acclimate to its new environment and interact with the egg's development factors, which erased each of the donor cell's existing history and reprogrammed it to act like a brand new cell in an embryo.'"
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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

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  • Amazing (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 17, 2014 @07:53PM (#46784141)
    Is there anything caffeine can't do?
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Cause sleep?
    • and Cannabis....

    • Yeah, but talk about proof that Caffeine can arrest development.

      ... and I bet that any kid that starts out this way is gonna be a mondo caffeine addict.

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      sure is, for example cannot make the beta go away.

      given that now about 3-4 times a day I am thrown a random beta landing, despite me always going back to classic version, I will post 10 random posts about beta after each and every one...

      if the message was not clear, fuck beta

  • LOL, last week it was vinegar, now its caffeine, will it be a good cuban cigar next week?

  • by mmell ( 832646 ) on Thursday April 17, 2014 @08:13PM (#46784255)
    Once that's done, we can proceed to the next step - actually doing useful medical research to provide cures and treatments. So far, we have high hopes for stem cells. It would sure be nice if we could actually make the current theories and experimental research into something more than just the search for pure academic knowledge (*gives the religious fundamentalists a dirty look for slowing us down for so long*)
    • by wiggles ( 30088 ) on Thursday April 17, 2014 @09:25PM (#46784651)

      Actually, this is an independent reproduction of an experiment from Oregon in, I think, 2007. This would seem to be the real deal.

    • You know, you might want to do a little research before launching on a rant. Then you might discover that there are already 80 diseases which are treated with stem cells []. So, we have already moved beyond theories and experimental research to something more than "the search for pure academic knowledge." In addition, it appears that the misinformation spread by supporters of embryonic stem cell research has done more to delay the development of stem cell treatments than the relatively minor limits that Georg
    • TLDR: It will probably be about a year to replicate it in humans. Therapy will be several years even assuming it's perfectly safe and assuming no political interference.

      It's not a complete departure from previous stuff, though it looks like it is a new technique, so it will need to be independently replicated. Induced pluripotent stem cells took over a year to be reproduced, so there's that.

      The next steps are longer, making sure it's safe, and finding a way to harness it.

      Clinical trials for s
  • The implications of this research are huge, from mammoths to saber tooth tigers. I'm excited to see what they add to the zoo next! But they can't try to control it too tightly... life will find a way...

    • life will find a way...

      I love the movie but HATE that saying from Jurassic Park. (Snippet here [].)

      It does, unless it doesn't.

      Concrete example? Let's just ask the dinosaurs... (They've had their time? But I though you said they could find a way.) Or, lets ask starfish about something odd that's currently attacking part of the population. []. Something's out to get them; hopefully the starfish can mount defenses.

      "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger" is a much better quote, I think -- but notice that living is one of two op

  • at least it's not an under-age pron site.
  • Is to make stem cells that grow into ovaries so that they can have an endless supply of eggs.

    • I am not familiar with biology but from what I read stem cells supposed to be able to be "programmable" and can grow into any type of body part.

      Now, what if the stem cells carry a male donor's DNA ? Can the stem cells be grown into ovaries ?

  • by Rich0 ( 548339 ) on Thursday April 17, 2014 @10:34PM (#46784977) Homepage

    Do the cells not form a blastula? The article was a bit fuzzy on the details. If these form embryonic stem cells it just seems like a matter of degree to outright produce a whole embryo, which of course means the possibility of human cloning.

  • So, did the stem cells all flip out, pull their shirts over their....uhh...whatevers...and start asking "Arrrre you thrrreatening me?"

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.