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    Thumbs up Australia is gearing up

    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599...38-421,00.html

    Diabetes cure first target for stem cell research
    December 08, 2006 12:00am

    THE first big target for embryonic stem cell research in NSW will be a cure for diabetes, with a top researcher predicting major progress within four years.

    Prince of Wales Hospital diabetes transplant unit is likely to be among the first in Australia to apply for a licence to use the new technology.

    Federal Parliament this week passed legislation overturning a ban on therapeutic cloning, which paves the way for scientists to enter an exciting new field of research.

    Prince of Wales Hospital diabetes transplant unit manager Dr Kuldip Sidhu said the effort was in "full gear" at the moment and they were waiting for approval to go ahead with their research.

    The Bill has been passed and is expected to receive royal assent within a fortnight.

    The National Health and Medical Research Council will then be given six months to work out the process for applying for a licence and by June next year the first applications are expected from research bodies.

    "Type 1 diabetes is the first port of call for us. Once we have the cells in the petri dish, we can see what regulates the disease, how we can understand the disease process and how we can go through drug discovery.

    "We can do it in the petri dish, rather than in human or animal tests," Dr Sidhu said.

    Embryonic stem cells have the potential to become any kind of tissue, offering hope they could be used to treat illnesses as diverse as diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, stroke, spinal cord injuries and burns.

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    Professor Peter Schofield, a neuroscientist who was on the Lockhart committee which recommended therapeutic cloning be adopted, said diseases and illnesses that have a focal cause would be the first to see results.

    "Any disease that has a focal cause would be looked at first. For example Parkinsons' disease, where it is one small region of the brain that undergoes degeneration; diabetes, where you have the immune attack on the pancreatic beta cells; and spinal injury, where there is a lesion you're trying to get neurons to grow over," he said.

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    The only thing about the Embryonic stem cells is how do they stop tumors from growing.

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    Hello Dan. The simple answer; by research like the above here. Above that, tumour formation in some stages when it comes to ESC is also very good for example when it comes to cancer studies for researchers to find cures for cancer, some cancer researchers says studies on ESC will be mandatory due to this for finding cancer cures. PS. Statistically, one out of five on this board will get cancer in our lifetime. - So, ESC research is good in many ways I would guess, the trick is that researchers must be allowed to perform necessary studies as for all of this.
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    ESC Caused Tumors

    From what I have learned, if you pre differentiate the ESC's into the type of cell you are looking for, ie. neurologic cells and culture them to a high percentage of purity they stand less of a chance of manifesting into tumor. Also I read that the Australian's found that using a chemical from sea weed helps to prevent tumors from ESC transplants.

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    RJ - I've heard that too - both about the differentiation and the seaweed. Scott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjames
    From what I have learned, if you pre differentiate the ESC's into the type of cell you are looking for, ie. neurologic cells and culture them to a high percentage of purity they stand less of a chance of manifesting into tumor. Also I read that the Australian's found that using a chemical from sea weed helps to prevent tumors from ESC transplants.
    Rjames. I agree but there are several ways as for avoiding such problems as for what I understand although I am not a scholar in ESC research. But do the naysayers say so – No – How many humans have got tumours from ESC research as of today for instance? Of course no one says so because there are none, this because this science is not common clinical practice but only basal studies as of right now. This is because this science is not in the clinics as of yet as we all know. The problem is that some take basal studies as for being clinical practice which we all know is not the case and misinterpret it and use it for some anti-science views. It’s strange actually, well I mean, those against ESC research just say so - are they ahead of this science and all researchers? What do they know no one else knows? It’s also strange that many of those opponents of ESC is claiming it causes cancer and at the same time are saying there are cures for SCI available which can help out wile we still sits here PARALYZED? Very strange, I wonder how they become specialised in all this. Did the opponents enter this arena because of all this good science, all this good researchers knowledge when it comes to damaged neurons, axons and spinal cords (read; lifenews.com, Father Tad [idiot] etc. etc. etc)? Of course it was none of this that did it for them, just some misunderstood pope lectures some time ago mixed with ignorance and stupidity as for today, that’s all there is to it, and fuck all of them (sorry for bad language here but I mean it).

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    I'm heaps excited about all of this australian news, being an aussie that is both a type 1 diabetic (1992) and a T4 paraplegic (2005)!!!!!!

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    Nice news. Reliance life sciences from india are also starting embryonic cell trials in 2007. What u think about them?

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    Thumbs up gr8 news

    jawaid hi
    gr8 yaar when reliance will start, give me detail
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    Hi Jawaid
    I dont think Reliance is going to start any clinical trial in near future. Though they are researching on this field. But when I contacted them they informed me that they are only doing stem cell banking but not transplantation or treatment.
    So, I think we really need to wait more.
    Take Care

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