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    skin cells from an aborted fetus successfully healed severe burns in 8 children, promoted growth of the children's own skin.

    Very interesting that it promoted growth of the children's own skin rather than substituting foreign cells.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...print/asection

    Fetal Tissue Heals Burns
    Tests Show Treatment Led to Normal Skin Regrowth
    By David Brown
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, August 18, 2005; Page A02

    An experimental therapy that uses skin cells grown from an aborted fetus successfully healed severe burns in eight children, sparing them the need for skin grafts, according to a study published today.

    The treatment led to the regrowth of essentially normal skin on second- and third-degree burns in about two weeks, according to the report by a Swiss research team. The scarring and tissue contraction seen after many burns did not occur, and dressing changes were easier and less painful, the researchers said.

    The fetal tissue promotes growth of the patient's own skin cells rather than becoming incorporated into the recipient's skin as a true "graft." Further, it appears that a piece of fetal skin smaller than a postage stamp could be used to produce enough cells to treat hundreds of patients.

    "The results were sort of unexpected. . . . These constructs seem to work as a biological Band-Aid, promoting spontaneous healing of the patient," said Patrick Hohlfeld of University Hospital of Lausanne, who was one of the researchers.

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    Does this mean that dead cells were regenerated or replaced??Will this possibly help with Heart and other organ growth?

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    It would be nice if the same type of procedure would work for healing pressure sores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cementhead
    Does this mean that dead cells were regenerated or replaced??Will this possibly help with Heart and other organ growth?
    Cement, it is a really interesting question. I can think of two possible explanations. First, what I think is happening is that the fetal skin cells are providing a "niche" into which the children's own stem cells are fitting into and those stem cells are making all the new cells, so that the new skin comes from the child's own stem cells. After their job is done, the fetal stem cells disappeared. Second, the transplanted skin cells may have started to grow and formed the skin. Then the child's own skin cells replaced that skin after a while. After all, your skin has a very high turnover rate (every 3-4 days). If the transplanted cells eventually were rejected by the immune system, one should see foreign fetal cells.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Street
    It would be nice if the same type of procedure would work for healing pressure sores.
    I was also thinking that when I posted this article. I think that it should work.

    Wise.

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