Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It’s Alive! Scientists turn skin cells into beating heart muscle

                      Good Day Humboldt County!

                                    It’s alive!

Frankenstein is a horror classic about an obsessed scientist who assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. There’s this great line when the monster opens his eyes and Dr. Frankenstein loudly gloats….It’s alive!

                                  Cut to today:

Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition. The researchers, based in Haifa, Israel, said there were still many years of testing and refining ahead. But the results meant they might eventually be able to reprogram patients' cells to repair their own damaged hearts.

Researchers have been studying stem cells from various sources for more than a decade, hoping to capitalize on their ability to transform into a wide variety of other kinds of cell to treat a range of health conditions. We’re entering a new age of medical miracles, I read about these fantastic advances in medicine and wonder if someday mankind will achieve near immortality though science?

It’s an interesting thought. Would we then become gods and go out into space and colonize other planets with our breakthroughs in science?

Time for me to walk on down the road….

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