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  •  Promising, but no treatment yet. The jump to huma (4+ / 0-)
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    ns is a big one in biomedical research, which is why we need so many different types of scientific approaches to try out---- so many fail to work in humans even if they've worked in lab animals.

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    by verasoie on Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 09:08:42 AM PDT

    •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)
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      the human immune system for example is considerably more discriminating in some ways than the one in short-lived rodents. I could imagine an effective procedure in rats being shut down cold in humans by over zealous immune sys compnents, or worse, the onset of a severe, life threatening autoimmune disease.

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      by DarkSyde on Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 09:19:16 AM PDT

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      •  Do you know what the comparison (1+ / 0-)
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        would be between ligaments and tendons in a horse's leg and human limbs?  I read that comment above about work being done on horses, and flashed back on anatomy class, and how very similar human knees are to horses or cows' knees.  
        Of course, your point about the immune system would hold here as well, Darksyde.  It's so exciting though to think we might be ready to explore the possibilities.  

      •  The more I look at this, the less I believe it. (0+ / 0-)
        1. Where's the reference to a peer-reviewed article?

        There isn't one. So no one else has had a chance to double-check their work.

        1. Pfizer.

        Yep, that should say it all. This is all about marketing.  

        Anyone see how much Pfizer's stock went up today?

        1. I just spoke with a retina-specialist friend of mine, who is very familiar with this work, and he says that the problem with this type of approach is that the ESC (embryonic stem cells) have a nasty tendency to migrate up the optic nerve (i.e. into the brain) and become cancerous.

        We've got a long way to go before something like this pans out, folks.

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        by verasoie on Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 11:35:31 AM PDT

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