I think stem cells are the KEY to curing many many illnesses. Stem cells are basically blank and can turn into any kind of cell. This is from the National Institute of Health:
"Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell."
According to the American Acedemy of Anti-Aging Medicine, "Ten sufferers of the deadly Crohn's disease have been cured by stem cell transplants that regenerate the damage to their intestines and immune system. The article focuses on the young man who will hopefully be number 11 and live to see a full life. This is the sort of amazing application of stem cell medicine, like recent advances in regenerating normally fatal heart damage, that we hope will become commonplace. Being able to regenerate any part of the body in this fashion will lead to large gains in healthy lifespan."
I have no idea how accurate and reliable the info is from the AAAAM, but it's interesting. I'm skeptical when someone refers to Crohn's as "the deadly Crohn's disease."
According to Science Daily, there's going to be a massive clinical trial in the UK about this. More can be found out at
Thank you for bringing up this topic, as it has been on my mind. I know that many people are passionate about the use (or not) of stem cells, but people need to educate themselves thoroughly before forming an opinion!
PS. Northwestern University in Illinois is recruiting for a stem cell clinical trial involving Crohn's.
Post Edited (Smrtgrl96x) : 12/9/2007 11:37:26 AM (GMT-7)