Looked Over

Stem Cells
September 9, 2010, 2:08 pm
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Right off the bat, I have to say that this post has nothing to do with embryonic stem cell research and/or any political controversies therein. I want to talk about the stem cells that are currently hanging out inside your body. I’ll bet 98% of the population never even HEARD the phrase “stem cells” until we started talking about the controversies, but these things are AWESOME. Basically (correct me if I’m wrong), they are blank cells that can turn into whatever they need to. So when a part of your body is injured, they run over, attach themselves, and become whatever type of cells they need to. If you need healthy liver cells, they become liver cells. If your heart is injured, they become heart cells. They are like the blank pieces in Scrabble except if stem cells were Scrabble tiles, they would definitely be worth more points. There’s emerging research into a drug that would amplify your body’s natural distress calls so you would send more stem cells to fully repair what is injured. So if you had a heart attack and your heart is damaged or if you have a degenerative brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, your own body would be able to fix itself with its own magical stem cells. Someone with a spinal cord injury who can’t move below the neck could regain the ability to walk again. How cool is that?! The body is an amazing thing, and I could make a whole blog about how cool the different parts are. Stem cells are too small to see and properly thank, so grab a blank Scrabble tile and give it a little hug instead. I’m sure your stem cells will appreciate the gesture.


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