stem cells to cure crohns disease....

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   Posted 12/9/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
 Stem cells hold a potential solution to this problem. As the body's 'master' cells, which can be directed to form any type of tissue, they will be extracted from patients and then re-established in their bone marrow to 're-boot' the immune system, taking it back to a state before Crohn's symptoms were triggered.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Post Edited (pb4) : 12/9/2007 8:13:45 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/9/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
So if this does end up working, would that throw the whole MAP theory out the window?

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   Posted 12/9/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Not necessarily because the MAP are intracellular bacteria. So since the chemo destroys all the cells in the immune system, the MAP goes with it. It's similar to the fact that they found that 6-MP and Imuran are found to be effective against MAP.

They even found 5-asa to be effective against MAP.

So we could have been treating MAP all along, who knows?
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