Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Baby cells

I heard a great story today on Morning Edition. If you have a minute and want to listen to it (or read a brief summary), click here. Let me know what you think.

3 Comments:

Anonymous guh! said...

I love this stuff. Some scientists have suspected for a long time that cord stem cells can be used to treat a variety of diseases - I read papers about the idea back in 1971 when I did an independent study on eugenics, and the midwife suggesting asking the OB about freezing the cord when my second child was born (and of course he knew nothing about it). These days, lots of studies suggest that the cord cells are a motherlode :) of cure. But the idea that the cast-off cells might be helpful without intervention is new to me -- wouldn't it be nice if it is true!

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Oma said...

If this is true, think of all the cast off cells Mrs. Leddy has, she could have cells to cure almost anything

9:27 AM  
Blogger jennifer said...

guh! -- Freezing cord cells still seems like science fiction to me. I've also heard that you can donate the cord blood. I'd like to look into that. We tried (not too hard, though) in N.O.

oma -- Yeah. I thought of Mrs. Leddy immediately. I'm sure there is a limit, though.

12:09 PM  

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