Scientists Create Customized Stem Cells

This is fantastic news.

WASHINGTON - South Korean scientists have created the world's first human embryonic stem cells that are customized to injured or sick patients, a major step in the quest to grow patients' own replacement tissue to treat diseases.

These same scientists last year became the first to clone a human embryo, sparking international clamor. But those cloned stem cells — the building blocks that give rise to every tissue in the body_ were a genetic match to a healthy woman, not a sick person. And it wasn't easy: It took 242 donated human eggs to grow just one batch.

Now the Seoul scientists have cloned patient-specific stem cells, important if doctors are to develop cell-based therapies that won't be rejected by the body's immune system. The technique worked with males and females, as young as 2 and as old as 56 — all suffering either spinal cord injuries, diabetes or a genetic immune disease, the researchers report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
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Amazing. Fantastic. Inspiring.

And in the meantime, we're arguing over "Intelligent Design" and worshipping Virgin Mary cement cracks.

Le Sigh.

(Simon Says cross-post)

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