Monday, March 24, 2008

Cloned Stem Cells Cure Parkinson's Syndrome In Mice

Maggie Fox, Science and Health Editor for Rueters News Service

In today's Washington Post writes:

Researchers who used cloned embryonic stem cells to treat Parkinson's disease in mice said on Sunday they worked better than other cells.

The researchers were trying to prove that it is possible to make embryonic stem cells using cloning technology and use them to provide a tailor-made treatment.

They took mouse embyros, inserted the nucleii from skin cells of the subject mice who had been given a specific symptomatic array of Parkinson's. They used the cloned embryos to grow the exact stem cells they needed to address the disease.

The mice got better folks. From having distonic paw movements and compulsively circling in one direction they became normal mice. When the mice were killed and autopsied, they found that the introduced stem cells had bound with other cells in the body to create new nerve tissues where previously there had been diseased tissue.

By using cloned cells specific to the patient, things like inflammation were greatly reduced and the ability to target exact types of cell and body locations were enhanced.

We're a long way from being able to bring this type of treatment to humans. Many levels of scientific discipline must be met and surmounted.

Oh, and before we forget, another thing that must be surmounted is the fact that we have a religiously deluded incurious son of a bitch in the White House who wants to send these scientists to jail and then straight to Hell. That's right. His decision on this issue did not come from studying the science. Bush can't understand that shit. Besides, it would require him to do uncomfortable shit like think and read and learn. Rather than go through all those messy, icky mental gymnastics our President based his decision on the word of Ted Haggard, who paused long enough from snorting methamphetamine off the butts of gay hookers long enough to explain to him that God was very much against this type of research.

I cannot find words to express my disdain and disgust for this. I haven't the writing skill it requires. My mother is condemned to a life of limitations and poor health because of this man's delusions of God and grandeur. I am foursquare behind a strict interpretation of the separation of church and state. I am all in favor of allowing people the liberty to follow their hearts and their inner voices in the matters of religion. Let me say this. When you inject your brand of religion into the policy and government, you have not only violated the Constitution, you have injured my mother you bastard. Every day she, and the patients with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries (and your foreign policy is making more of these motherfuckers every single day!) are forced to endure symptoms that have a very promising path to treatment and cure because of your religion is a day that I despise and hate you more.

Know that. I know you won't have any long dark nights of the soul behind this. That takes a fucking soul in the first place.



Blogger Dark Wraith said...

Good afternoon, Minstrel Boy.

There is good news, and there is bad news. The good news is that science from year to year and even decade to decade can be stalled, suppressed, and even perverted to vile ends; but as an arc and symbol of human curiosity, it is no different from any exploration: it will press on, and what we aspire to explore, find, and know, we shall. The journey may take decades or possibly even millennia, but we have not yet seen a place to which we have not aspired and, in the end, explored or prepared to set sail.

The bad news is that the docks are the place of waiting for many who pass from this earth before the explorers return and, in too many times, before the explorers are even permitted to embark.

Know this, though: those who cannot hold onto the breath of life are far too many, but their hope is the triumph not just of humanity over the obstacles an obstinate universe puts in our path, but also the victory of knowledge over ignorance.

George W. Bush will die, someday; that is the way of all men in their weakness.

Progress will continue on; that is the way of all humanity in its greatness.

The Dark Wraith has spoken.

12:01 PM  
Blogger BlondeSense Liz said...

I feel your pain. I have lost many a relative to parkinsons disease.

While the incurious boob in the WH will one day die and go to hell at his ranch in Texas fearing for his life to even step off it, there are scientists all over the world working on this research currently and we can only hope that they are not muzzled by the "religious" wackos prevalent in many parts of the world.

I can't help but continually smack myself when I try to remember that we're in the 21st century. I feel like it's so 50 years ago.

1:35 PM  
Blogger konagod said...

There is good news, and there is bad news.

The good: Bush/Cheney have less than 10 months left in office.

The bad: Bush/Cheney have almost 10 months left in office.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Dark Wraith said...

Good afternoon, konagod.

Whether or not the current President and Vice President depart the White House in late January of next year, the American people can rest assured that Messrs Bush and Cheney, together will the entire slate of their neo-cons, religious extremists, and assorted other incompetent and venal collaborators, will remain the central and most important figures of this nation for at least the first half of this still-young century.

As I shall write in an article to be published late tonight, "President Bush will suffer the unfortunate advantage of being not a footnote in history, but instead the very definition of the trajectory of the 21st Century for this nation."

Welcome to battlefield: victim and aggressor, loser and winner, all remain in ghosts and consequences.

Funny thing about the toll bridge from a melancholy place: we don't get to leave until we pay.

For what was done in our name, we have not yet even begun to pay.

The Dark Wraith offers that caution.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...


I am so with you on this issue. There is such hope for relieving human suffering in this emerging field, yet the religious zealots cleave to their Middle Ages sense of surety, cosseted by the darkness.

From a very personal level, I can say I am outraged that anyone would try and hamper stem cell research.

It seems "better living through science" was such a great hope for half a century. The sky was the limit, and not even that. What happened?

3:49 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

you tell 'em! you put it much better than i can.


big stupid arrogant thumping fuckers!

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My despair on this issue is that similar topics have been discussed since the 1970's - and we still have all these maladies, these diabetes, Parkinson's, MS, Cystic Fibrosis, etc. I'd truly like to think this is all going to lead to a cure for what ails ya, but fear I'll be a dead diabetic long before that time.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(and your foreign policy is making more of these motherfuckers every single day!)

This is an important point that bears repeating. My mother also suffered from Parkinson's...btw.


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