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Medical The Adversity of Stem Cells

  1. Jul 12, 2017 #1

    jedishrfu

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    An article from Science magazine on the potential side-effects of stem cell cures:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017...ng-doctors-cancer-now-its-assaulting-his-body

    This is something I've not considered. Stem cell research is the next big thing but it seems we'll need to limit it to our own stem cells in order to avoid a battle for supremacy between the body and the newer stem cells.
     
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  3. Jul 16, 2017 #2

    Ygggdrasil

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    Luckily, there are means to generate genetically identical stem cells from a patient's body for potential therapeutic purposes – using therapeutic cloning to generate embryonic stem cells or reprograming adult skin cells into induced pleuripotent stem cells. Of course, these are still experimental technologies that still require much work before they can be applied in the clinic but that research is ongoing.
     
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