Latest News Buzz In The Realm of Science

Creation Ministries held one of their biggest conferences ever. People from all all over the world attended. Those who spoke at the conference were population geneticist Prof. John Sanford, marine biologist/geneticist Dr Robert Carter, geophysicist and plate tectonics expert Dr John Baumgardner, Archeologist David Down, physicist-cosmologist Dr John Hartnett and CSIRO, tree researcher Dr Geoff Downes.

“There were some remarkable presentations about the latest findings in genetics that showed how the most recent information in the world database of the human genome can be used to test various scenarios about human history, such as naturalistic evolution, progressive creation and the biblical creation-flood-Babel model. They showed that the latest genetic information supports the biblical history through the evidence of the variation in the Y chromosome, mitochondrial DNA and the X chromosome.”

“In addition, there have been some remarkable genetic discoveries that have totally transformed genetic ideas, even those published as recently as 5 years ago. In fact, Dr John Sanford, showed how the latest information about genetic mutation rates in the human genome ‘clearly falsifies’ the central axiom of today’s evolutionary biology, the neo-darwinian mechanism.”

In other news, Evolution is loosing the PR War…New Zogby poll shows a growing support for teaching “strengths and weakness” of evolution in public school classrooms, which is up nine percent from a previous poll conducted in 2006.

In another poll, reported by Fox News only 4 in 10 people actually believe in evolution. Even with the massive indoctrination, and the pull evolutionary science has in government schools, as well as 10,000 so-called Pastors who went public by stating their support for evolution (in honor of Darwin’s birthday) as well as the Vatican, it has failed in an enormous way to convince the public that it’s the best science, and the Bible is wrong.

More news includes economics, we are in a worldwide ressession and it’s taking it’s toll on evolutionary biology. There are shifts going on with tight budgets. Nature reports that the Netherlands has cut it’s staff in the area of evolutionary biology in a major way and is being replaced with jobs for molecular biology which can attract more grants. Ronald Plasterk who is the minister of science says the changes are to induce competition in the scientific community.

And lastly, more great news concerning adult stem cell research which might reduce the need for heart transplants!

“Heart disease patients in England who may otherwise need a transplant could soon participate in a trial involving the use of adult stem cells that may reduce or eliminate the need for the transplant. The trials, if successful, could show another capability of the ethical version of stem cells.”

Also, UW-Madison shows remarkable progress in adult stem cell research as stated below!

In a study published online Feb. 12 in Circulation Research, (and also reported in science daily) UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health professor of medicine Tim Kamp and his research team showed that they were able to grow working heart-muscle cells (cardiomyocytes) from induced pluripotent stem cells, known as iPS cells. The heart cells were originally reprogrammed from human skin cells by James Thomson and Junying Yu, two of Kamp’s co-authors on the study.


Reprogramming Adult Stem Cells Becomes Easier

What was deemed to be the best break through of 2008 in the science community, has started this year where it left off from last year. Reprogramming adult stem cells is becoming easier because instead of using many viruses to reprogram the cells, it uses just one virus which then turns the Adult Stems into Pluripotent Stem Cells. These cells in turn act like as though they were embryonic stem cells.

“The major milestone the six-member research team, led by Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Boston University Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Gastroenterology Section, achieved was combining the four vectors into a single “stem cell cassette” containing all four genes. The cassette (named STEMCCA) is comprised of a single multicistronic mRNA encoding the four transcription factors using a combination of 2A peptide technology and an internal ribosomal entry site (IRES).”

“With the STEMCCA vector, the researchers were able to generate iPS cells more efficiently — 10 times higher than previously reported studies.” Science Daily

Other news about Adult Stem Cells…

On January 8, 2009 in the Journal of Stem Cell reports that scientists are able to induce more adult stem cells into the blood stream using mice. Bone marrow is vital when it comes to diseases or injury. It gathers different types of stem cells to help repair and then regenerate the tissue. Scientists used a combination of drugs that triggered the extra stem cells.

“This study is the first to selectively mobilize mesenchymal stem cells and endothelial progenitor cells from the bone marrow. Previous studies have only been able to mobilise the haematopoietic type of stem cell, which creates new blood cells. This technique is already used in bone marrow transplants in order to boost the numbers of haematopoietic stem cells in a donor’s bloodstream.”  —SB

It’s not known yet in this study if triggering extra stem cells into the blood stream will help the person heal better or in this case mice. I believe the regulation of different stems cells performed bone marrow is key component in this area not just extra stem cells. Certainly triggering more stem cells is worth more study. Looking forward to more advances in adult stem research!

Reprogrammed Stems Cells Opens More Doors For Fighting Diseases

One of the greatest advancements in science this year, if not thee best advancement for 2008, is reprogramming stem cells.

A young boy who has a genetic disease was the subject of the latest research which was published in the journal Nature on December 21, 2008. Using a relatively simple skin biopsy from the 3 year old boy.

“The UW scientists used the reprogramming technique pioneered last year by their UW colleague James Thomson and by Shinya Yamanaka at Kyoto University in Japan, and sent the boy’s skin cells back to the embryonic state. They then grew the reprogrammed cells into motor neurons, the type damaged by the disease.”

motor-neurons

“The Nature paper, a collaboration by seven scientists including Thomson, did include a cautionary note: More work must be done, the authors wrote, “to ensure that reprogramming has not subtly affected the ability of the motor neurons to function normally.”

“Even more promising, though further off, is the possibility that scientists will be able to reprogram the cells of a child with spinal muscular atrophy, correct the genetic defect, then produce healthy motor neurons. The healthy motor neurons could then be injected back into the patient without any danger of rejection.” -JSOnline

Out of all this excitement in the progress of this research, I’m sorry to tell you that the little boy who had contributed to this very important scientific research that someday may help others in the future, had passed away at the age of three years old.

I will be stressing like crazy how it’s way more important to reprogram adult stem cells than to use unethically collected embryonic stems cells.

Here is the a list of some (not all) of the many other promising benefits from adult stem cell research include…

1) Brain Cancer  2) Skin Cancer: Merkel Cell Carcinoma  3) Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 4) Neuroblastoma 5) Corneal regeneration 6) Stroke Damage 7) Chronic Liver Failure and Retinoblastoma

On the other hand, the negatives includes the hype on embryo research has frustrated some experts in the field…

Colin McGuckin, professor of regenerative medicine at Newcastle University and an expert in adult stem cells, this week hit out at both his university and UK funding agencies. He said that they were prioritising embryonic stem-cell research above work with adult stem cells, despite the more immediate clinical benefits offered by his work.”

That’s generally what happens when medicine becomes too political and special interests including the liberal side of the scientific community only have one interest.

In conclusion, nothing in evolution has helped the current progress of reprogramming adult cells. The research as shown above gets overlooked so funding is not at the level it would be. No doubt, more promising future treatments, and studies coming from adult stems cells, so stay tuned!


Dental Pulp Stem Cells Could Be Good For the Brain

Adult stems cells have been found to regenerate many different types of cells. In this new discovery, scientists have found a unique feature in dental stem cells which can stimulate growth of new neural cells, and many of these formed neurons.

Since Obama started running for office up until now where he promised to unban embryonic stem cells research, the focus has been on one aspect of this type of cell research. While very little attention has been paid to the major progress of adult stem cells. You can talk to a person on the street about stem cells and generally what the first thing comes to mind are embryonic stem cells. I believe the general public is not aware enough about this vital research concerning adult stem cells.

The conflict with embryonic stem cells, has created a political circus. Generally, collecting human embryonic stem cells for the most part come from embryos. Once the cells are collected, it then destroys the remaining embryo. There is an alternative in collecting these type of cells, but not enough to satisfy the demand. There is currently a shortage of human embryonic stem cells which can result in paying people to obtain them.

As far as Christians are concern, the embryos are human life no question about it, no science to refute otherwise on when life begins, but to liberals embryos are just a “thing” to work with while promising to find cures for diseases.

Back to the latest discovery of the promising possible impact of dental pulp stem cells which are adult stems cells…

By showing dental pulp stem cells are capable of stimulating growth of neurons, our study demonstrates the specific therapeutic potential of dental pulp stem cells and the broader potential for adult stem cells,” says Chan, who also is assistant professor of human genetics in Emory School of Medicine.

“Because dental pulp stem cells can be isolated from anyone at any age during a visit to the dentist, Chan is interested in the possibility of dental pulp stem cell banking. “Being able to use your own stem cells for therapy would greatly decrease the risk of cell rejection that we now experience in transplant medicine,” says Chan” -Science Daily

Adult stem cells show way more promise and it’s way more versatile. It’s also humane, and helps decreasing cell rejection. You can make a cell regenerate but if it’s rejected, it’s no use to the person who needs treatment. Very exciting to learn about the progress in dental pulp stem cell research, thanks to the Lord!