Regeneration Medicine Holds Promising Treatments

Back in March 2008, President Obama with agreement of party opposition leader at the time, John McCain were very critical of the Bush administration for its restrictions on embryonic stem cell research implying that it hinders the scientific process. Well in 2010, the hype about embryonic stem cells seems to have dimmed considerably since then because many researchers are following promising leads with adult stem cells…

“…Scientists identified a new growth factor that stimulates the expansion and regeneration of hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells in culture and in laboratory animals…Researchers believe that umbilical cord blood could serve as a universal source of stem cells for all patients who need a stem cell transplant, but the numbers of stem cells in cord blood units are limited, so there is a clinical need to develop a method to expand cord blood stem cells for transplantation purposes…Scientists at Duke University Medical Center -Science Daily

Imagine being able to grow a new finger, arm, or leg!  News broke of a scientist from Columbia had become the first to grow “complex, full-size bone from human adult stem cells,” Wouldn’t it be fabulous for doctors to give their patients a new jaw? Currently reconstructive surgery consists of taking pieces of bone from the patient’s hip or leg to replace facial injuries.

This isn’t all, stem cells for regeneration are being studied in other animals like the Freshwater Polyp Hydra which has been under research for the last 300 years. Recently, it’s genome was mapped. Despite its small size and apparent simplicity, this creature is designed with a regeneration mechanism. Also, this little creature has as many genes as a human does, yet it can regrow parts and humans cannot!  Dr. Robert Steele of UC Irvine said, “Having the Hydra genome sequenced also enhances our ability to use it to learn more about the basic biology of stem cells, which are showing great promise for new treatments for a host of injuries and diseases.”

What is embryonic stem cell research? None of the current stories that deal with stems cells has anything to do with ES research! No Mr. President, the Bush administration’s restrictions on ES were not hindering science rather stem cell research is going full steam ahead with adult stem cells and the only reason why the restrictions were lifted was strictly political, paying back those who helped him get into office. As for John McCain, it was a matter of trying to get more votes, he also was wrong while ignoring the progress of adult stem cell research!

Regeneration also holds a insight on biblical history. It is interesting to note that regeneration once existed with humans and mammals. The explanatory power of evolution “survival of the fittest” seems non-existant. For why would evolution lost such an advantage? From a biblical point of view, we know before the fall of Adam, there was no sickness, no death, animals were able to regenerate. Adam had a designed mechanism in his body that allowed for his regeneration. When the fall occurred as sin enter into the world, the function was lost.

Today, regeneration medicine is combating cumulative effects of millennia of decay – mutations, and a deteriorating environment as the result of sin. Also, genetic bottlenecks resulting from Noah’s Flood that could have squeezed out other health capabilities that may have existed in the first generations of people, before mutations accumulated and became fixed in the post-Flood era.

Now it’s highly unlikely if not impossible for science to make human immortals rather regeneration methods hold promising treatments to help benefit mankind!

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3 thoughts on “Regeneration Medicine Holds Promising Treatments

  1. Michael: “Imagine being able to grow a new finger, arm, or leg! News broke of a scientist from Columbia had become the first to grow ‘complex, full-size bone from human adult stem cells,’ Wouldn’t it be fabulous for doctors to give their patients a new jaw? …. This isn’t all, stem cells for regeneration are being studied in other animals like the Freshwater Polyp Hydra which has been under research for the last 300 years.”

    Too bad, Michael. Your ignorance of science has caused you to jump the rails again. With laughable results, as usual.

    Research on regeneration of limbs and other organs is the province of evolutionary biologists. When you praise regeneration research, you are endorsing evolution.

    More specifically. Stem cells are necessary to regeneration—they are its raw material. All animals have stem cells, yet only a few are capable of regeneration. Hydra. Axolotl. Xenopus and a few other amphibians. Some annelid worms. Regeneration is a process that requires not only the raw material, but also a signaling capability—where has an injury occurred? Which particular tissues need to regrow, and in what order?

    One might surmise that regeneration would be essentially the same as embryonic development, and therefore not so hard to induce. One would be wrong. The two processes seem to differ significantly.

    Therefore, we must investigate how the regeneration process arose. For this, we look at animals that are closely related in evolution and try to find slight differences that might presage this capability.[1] It is especially productive to look for evolutionary relationships among animals that have varying degrees of regenerative capability.[2]

    So, if creationists would really like to help with regenerative medicine, they should study up on evolution.

    Ironic, isn’t it?

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    [1] Similar to the way that biologists found the signaling mechanism that presaged multicellularity by studying biofilms—associations of algae.

    [2] Even humans have a little. Children can regrow fingertips that have been sliced off—sometimes including part of a bone. Bet you didn’t know that.

  2. Michael: “No Mr. President, the Bush administration’s restrictions on ES were not hindering science rather stem cell research is going full steam ahead with adult stem cells….”

    Soooo why did most of the major research that led to adult stem cells take place in South Korea, Singapore, and China, rather than in the good old US and A?

    Could it have been that these other countries had fewer restrictions on the embryonic stem-cell research that was a necessary precursor of the adult cells?

    Think before you write, Michael.

  3. “Regeneration also holds a [sic] insight on [sic] biblical history. It is interesting to note that regeneration once existed with humans and mammals…. From a biblical point of view, we know before the fall of Adam, there was no sickness, no death, animals were able to regenerate. Adam had a designed mechanism in his body that allowed for his regeneration. When the fall occurred as sin enter into the world, the function was lost.”

    Michael, please provide a biblical citation that humans and mammals once could regenerate limbs. Please justify your assertion that Adam had a “designed mechanism” for this purpose.

    I thought not. What a crock!

    Please justify your belief that no animals sickened or died before the Fall. Genesis 2:17 says only that Adam would die.[1] Moreover, he would die on the same day that he ate the forbidden fruit.[2]

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    “The explanatory power of evolution ‘survival of the fittest’ seems non-existant. [sic] For why would evolution lost [sic]such an advantage?”

    Why do you think that any have lost it? Please list the animals that had evolved regeneration capability and later have lost it.

    Here’s another question. If Adam and the animals lost their regenerative capability after the Fall, why did frogs and salamanders not lose it? Did God forget about them? Were thy hiding under a rock when the lightning struck? Does God like salamanders more than creationists? Please show reasoning or biblical citations to support this contention.

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    [1] “[B]ut from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (NASV). Originally,
    מֵעֵץ הַדַּעַת טֹוב וָרָע לֹא תֹאכַל מִמֶּנּוּ כִּי בְּיֹום אֲכָלְךָ מִמֶּנּוּ מֹות תָּמוּת׃

    2] But he didn’t, did he? If the “days” of genesis 1 are 24-hour days, then this day is also a 24-hour day, right? If you disagree, please justify your conclusion.

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