Thursday, February 07, 2008

New jawbone thanks to adult stem cells

It's amazing what can be done now in the medical world. Here is an adult's own stem cells being used to produce a replacement jawbone! It seems as if stem cells don't need to come from embryos after all. this is really exciting and more ethically right.

Scientists in Finland have replaced a 65-year-old patient's upper jaw with a bone transplant cultivated from stem cells isolated from his own fatty tissue and grown inside his abdomen, Reuters reported.

Researchers said the breakthrough opens up new ways to treat severe tissue damage and makes the prospect of custom-made spare parts for humans a step closer to reality."The use of a patient's own stem cells to grow a new jaw is a great example of how personalized medicine is becoming a reality," said Dawn Vargo, associate bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action.

"Despite all the talk about using embryonic stem cells to create personalized therapies, this displays the practical and timely advantages of adult stem cells."

(Citizen Link)

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