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Stem Cell Research Update

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Stem Cell Research Update

Here is a fascinating summary of stem cell research over the past few years.  Looks like researchers are slowly making progress:
Stem cells ride research roller coaster
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY

Like roller coaster rides? Strap yourself in — stem cells may be your scientific ticket.  Human bone marrow cells were coaxed to become pluripotent, all-purpose stem cells, in a new study by a team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin.

A flurry of stomach-dropping up and down moments all week befell one of the brightest, new attractions in science, induced pluripotent stem cells. Such IPS cells are “induced” by genetic signals to grow from normal adult cells into unspecialized ones that look like they could be coaxed into becoming replacement tissues for transplant patients.

First, the roller coaster rocketed down with news that these cells may be a disappointment for studying or treating diseases. Then, more reports rallied their reputation, all in the space of a few days.

“Basically, we are looking at a lot of confusion,” says Harvard stem cell scientist Alexander Meissner. “That’s not to say one group is wrong and another is right. We have been making a lot of progress, but everyone is looking at the same problems from different sides.”

Now what?  Find out by going to:  USA Today – Stem Cell Research Update.

Please note much of this research is being conducted at my alma matter, the University of Wisconsin.  Its exciting to read about great working being done at a place I know and love.

The article’s conclusion?

Overall, Meissner sees no reason that induced cells won’t eventually supplant embryonic ones in stem cell research. “Of course, it is still early and there are still a lot of cells to look at, so nobody is saying we don’t need embryonic cells still,” he says.

So, remain seated and keep both hands on the ride. Sounds like the roller coaster trip won’t end anytime soon.

My question is:  Will the roller coaster ride end in time to help me and my fellow multiple myeloma patients?  Guess we will all just have to live another decade or so to find out!  Sound like a plan?

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat