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HUMAN testes could be a source of embryonic-like stem cells, providing a way to grow tissue to repair the body without having to destroy or create emb

 
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HUMAN testes could be a source of embryonic-like stem cells, providing a way to grow tissue to repair the body without having to destroy or create emb
HUMAN testes could be a source of embryonic-like stem cells, providing a way to grow tissue to repair the body without having to destroy or create embryos.

German researchers have discovered that cells from the testes of adult mice that normally turn into sperm can be transformed into different types of tissue, including liver, heart, muscle, skin, pancreas and nerve cells.

Dr Gerd Hasenfuss, of Georg-August University in Gottingen, said his team had begun studying the cells from testes in men and he was optimistic of getting similar results.

If the findings are repeated in people, the cells could produce tissue that was a perfect match for a patient "without the ethical and immunological problems associated with human embryonic stem cells", he said.

"This is a very exciting piece of work," Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, of the National Institute for Medical Research in Britain told London's The Daily Telegraph.

It was also welcomed by opponents of embryo research in Australia. "It is terrific news, although of course it needs to be verified," said Michael Cook, editor of the bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

The chairman of the National Committee of Medicine of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Bob Williamson, said that the find was just one more piece in a growing body of evidence that adult stem cells have the capacity to turn into a number of cell types.

Embryo research was still necessary. "At this time, only embryonic stem cells have been proven to develop into every type of cell in the body," he said.

The find, to be published this week in the journal Nature, comes at a time when the Federal Government is considering a recommendation by an independent review committee to lift a ban on somatic cell nuclear transfer, known as therapeutic cloning.

The convener of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research in Australia, Joanna Knott, said the German study was interesting. "We welcome any research that potentially allows for new discoveries that could help people," she said.

However it was vital Australia lifted the ban on therapeutic cloning as soon as possible to come into line with other countries, including Britain and Singapore.

"Somatic cell nuclear transfer is about producing patient-specific stem cells and that could lead to helping people with myriad diseases. We don't think Australians should be unfairly disadvantaged," she said.

Last year Australian researchers showed stem cells from the nose can turn into nerve, heart, liver, kidney and muscle cells.
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Re: HUMAN testes could be a source of embryonic-like stem cells, providing a way to grow tissue to repair the body without having to destroy or create emb
This is interesting!

What about women?

Plus, for this to work, will I need to have one of my testicles taken out of my body for them to get at the cells?





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