La solution à tous leurs maux... ou presque...
(non, je suis vilaine, je l'ai mise dans la mauvaise catégorie, cette note... )
Testicle stem cell harvest plan
A man's testicles might be a source of stem cells to help him fight serious diseases, US scientists have shown.
They extracted early-stage sperm cells from mice, then turned them into cells capable of becoming different tissues.
Writing in Nature, the Weill Cornell Medical College team said their work might lead to treatments for illnesses such as Alzheimer's and diabetes.
However, some doubt has been expressed on the willingness of men to undergo the procedure to extract the cells.
For male patients, it could someday mean a readily available source of stem cells
Dr Shahin Rafii, Weill Cornell Medical College
Stem cells are the body's "master cells" that, in theory, can become any type of cell in the body.
An obvious source of these is from the human embryo, as unlike adult cells, these have the potential to grow into any tissue type.
However, ethical concerns over the use of embryos in medicine mean that scientists are hunting for a source of easily-harvested adult cells which could be coaxed into any variety of cell.
Stem cells have already been extracted from mouse testicles - however, the New York team is claiming a more reliable way to isolate and develop them, increasing the potential for larger numbers to be produced successfully.
The testicular cells do not need to be genetically "tweaked" to behave more like embryonic stem cells, unlike other "adult stem cells" found elsewhere in the body, say the scientists.
Dr Shahin Rafii, who led the research, said: "It appears that these unique specialized spermatogonial cells could be an easily obtained and manipulated source of stem cells with exactly the same capability to form new tissues that we see in embryonic stem cells.
"For male patients, it could someday mean a readily available source of stem cells that gets around ethical issues linked to embryonic stem cells.
"It also avoids issues linked to tissue transplant rejection, since these 'autologous stem cells' are derived from the patient's own body."
He listed several illnesses which he hoped could be tackled using stem cell technology, including Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, stroke, diabetes and even certain cancers.
It is hoped that one day, implanting large quantities of stem cells into tissue damaged by disease could prompt the body to replace it.
Professor Colin McGuckin, a researcher in stem cell biology at the University of Newcastle, said that several research teams around the world were looking into the potential of the testicle as a stem cell source.
He said: "At present, there is an awful lot of interest in this from veterinary circles as a source of stem cells for animal use.
"I can see more problems getting humans to agree to have this done, as it would be a very painful procedure to have them extracted."
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/09/19 17:00:33 GMT
© BBC MMVII
Moi, je sais pas pourquoi, l'idée qu'un type puisse refuser ce genre de procédé douleureux mais salvateur, ça me rappelle une blague idiote sur deux potes qui font une rando lorsque l'un des deux se fait piquer par un serpent dans un endroit que la décence m'interdit de nommer (t'as qu'à croire...)... quelqu'un la connait?...
... son pote fonce vers le premier village, trouve la pharmacie et explique le problème: le pharmacien lui donne alors la marche à suivre (incision, aspiration du venin...) et le gars retourne voir son pote qui lui demande si c'est grave... "ben... tu vas mourir..."... ('tain, j'ai fait du condensé, là... Dommage, en live, elle rend mieux...!)
Je sais, elle est pourrie, ma blague... (mais, c'est dans l'esprit, non? héhéhéhé!)
Bon, allez, je file!
Non, j'ai pas dit "la solution est dans les ... "... ça rimait, pourtant! Merdum!