press release came out on Jan 29th from Newcastle University in Great Britain, announcing the discovery that
stem cells can be transported at low cost on a bed of seaweed gel which
protects them from their hostile environment outside the body. The article
did not mention that the stem cells are transported at 60 degrees Fahrenheit
on this seaweed matrix, and that they are stable for 5 days in an air-tight
environment. Once they arrive at their destination, the cells are extracted
and put into culture medium and allowed to grow.
This is a high-technology effort to preserve stems cells so that they can
be used on anyone, not just the person from whom they were taken. The
technique can be extremely helpful under conditions of severe tissue damage
or surgical replacement of body parts. The paper outlining the technique
is the last in a series dating to 2011, so the news has been available
for some time.,,
This is NOT an office-based technology.
I find it ironic that the very cells which we produce within our own bodies
have to be harvested, stored, transported and manipulated for use in someone
else’s body, while we are told that to harvest the cells for immediate
use in our own bodies from which they came is somehow a less acceptable
tool in the medical toolbox.
It seems a great shame to pursue someone else’s stem cells half way
across the world, in a GMP manufactured package approved by the FDA as
a drug, when these same cells are available at much lower cost and immunologic
danger, derived from our own bodies.
Do the various techniques of harvesting require medical training? Yes,
of course. Do they require steady hands and an enquiring receptive mind
to learn? Yes, of course. Do they require three or four years of residency
training in a medical specialty? Maybe not so much.
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