Adult Stem Cells Fix Boys’ Windpipe

Why don’t we ever see any of these stories involving embryonic stem cells? Oh, that’s right, they pretty much have never helped anything except the abortion lobby

A British boy successfully underwent a groundbreaking operation involving the transplant of a windpipe which is being regenerated inside his body using his own stem cells, The Times of London reported Saturday.

Scientists described the operation, carried out on Monday at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, as a “milestone moment” in the development of techniques that could allow people to rebuild damaged or transplanted organs inside their bodies.

The replacement trachea – the bony tube that connects the nose, mouth and lungs – was stripped of the donor’s cells to leave a scaffold which was then laced with the child’s stem cells. The boy, aged 10, then received the transplant hours later. The stem cells are now reconstructing the airway and ensuring it is not rejected by his immune system.

The operation was the first to use stem cells with the scaffold inside the body. It was also the first entire windpipe transplant to be carried out on a child and the first to involve the entire length of the trachea.


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4 Responses to “Adult Stem Cells Fix Boys’ Windpipe”

  1. John Ryan says:

    all stem cell research is based on embryonic cell research

  2. Otter says:

    bullshit, little johnnie.

  3. Trish says:

    unbelievable Johnny- no, adult stem cell research has been proven over and over to get positive results while emrbyonic stem cells have been found to have caused tumors when used. A third option is also big; Induced pluripotent stem cells are specially treated ordinary cells — e.g. skin cells — that are specially processed to exhibit some of the properties of embryonic stem cells. Research in this area is just beginning. However the process seems to offer the advantages of embryonic stem cells without the ethical and rejection problems.
    No one on the left seems wants to try to save babies lives, even when a viable alternative (or more than one) is available. Hm. Wonder why?

  4. Trish with the utter smackdown!

    John, ESC research is different from other types of stem cell research. There are many different types, as Trish rightly points out.

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