Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:34 pm

Paging Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, or at least her brain lining cells

Filed under: Cool! — Lex Alexander @ 7:34 pm
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And just in time for Halloween, too! From LiveScience:

Death will come for us all one day, but life will not fade from our bodies all at once. After our lungs stop breathing, our hearts stop beating, our minds stop racing, our bodies cool, and long after our vital signs cease, little pockets of cells can live for days, even weeks. Now scientists have harvested such cells from the scalps and brain linings of human corpses and reprogrammed them into stem cells.

In other words, dead people can yield living cells that can be converted into any cell or tissue in the body.

Now, here in real life, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got some skin in the stem-cell game, so to speak. But there is still a part of me saying, quietly but insistently, that we’ve seen this movie before and it didn’t end well.

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