is a grassroots, volunteer group of patients and their
families and friends who believe that stem cell research
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with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, juvenile diabetes, M.S.,
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recount the stories of people who have such illnesses.
These portraits will also be presented various representatives
to advocate government support for this research. You
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close are we to cloned organs???
Scientist (1/27/02): "Functional" kidneys grown
from stem cells
scientists claim to have grown functional kidneys using
stem cells taken from cloned cow embryos. Robert Lanza
of biotech company Advanced Cell Technology told New
Scientist that his team, working in collaboration with
a group at Harvard University, coaxed the stem cells
into becoming kidney cells, and then "grew" them on
a kidney-shaped scaffold.
two-inch-long mini-kidneys were then transplanted back
into genetically identical cows, where they started
making urine, Lanza says.
Lanza will not discuss the details of the work, as it
has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
"I can't go into specifics," he says.
kidney experts are sceptical about the possibility that
ACT has re-created the kidney in its entirety. "I'd
be very surprised if they could recreate an organ with
a very complex vascular [blood] system," said one. It
is possible that the company had made a simpler structure
that could still produce urine, he said.
himself admits that the work is still in its earliest
stages. "It's just a proof of principle that demonstrates
that you can use therapeutic cloning to create a functional
organ," he told New Scientist. "There is obviously a
considerable amount of work to be done before that could
be applicable clinically."
are several other citations to this work in the popular
is the medline link for the article.
Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research: (www.camradvocacy.org)
Allied for Biomedical Research” (www.sabr.us).
err is human - but to clone one divine?, Pro-life
goups protest stem cell research at Geron corporation