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Scientists turns Human Skin into Blood

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Scientists turns Human Skin into Blood

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(Best Syndication News) - Scientists from McMaster University Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institue which is part of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine made a breakthrough discovery to turn a person's skin into human blood. The groundbreaking research is be published in the current issue of the science journal 'Nature.'

Mick Bhatia, who is the scientific director at the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute along with his colleagues demonstrated that making blood from skin is a direct conversion process. The scientists showed that this worked using human skin as well. They tested duplicated the process of turning skin into blood and it works with all ages or people. Hope for clinical trials studies are anticipated by the researchers to be as soon as 2012.

If the process of making blood from human skin develops into a medical application it could be possible for people could make their own blood from their skin from anything from blood needed for surgical procedures, cancer treatments and certain anemia conditions.

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Gene Patent Lawsuit Settle In Favor Of ACLU

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(Best Syndication News) Over the past couple decades the patent laws have been changing to include patents on life, genes and even processes and ideas. Earlier this week Judge Robert Sweet (U.S. District Court) ruled that seven patent relating to the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes were invalid.

This is a blow to the company which submitted the patents, Myriad Genetics. The company says they will appeal the decision to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and will continue and “vigorously defend this litigation”. Myriad points out that there are still 164 claims remaining under these seven patents which were not challenged.

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Insulin and Glucose Regulation Genes Identified

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[Best Syndication News] Researchers of an international research consortium have identified 13 new genetic variants related to blood glucose, insulin secretion, and insulin resistance. Out of the newly identified genes, five of variants increase the risk of a person developing type 2 diabetes. These findings were largely the results of two studies that were conducted by the Meta-Analyses of Glucose and Insulin Related Traits Consortium (MAGIC). The study was funded partly by the National Institutes of Health and the studies will in the January 17th, 2010 online edition of Nature Genetics.

The researchers analyzed around 2.5 million gene variants in the 21 genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of around 46,186 individuals that were not diagnosed with diabetes, but had been tested for glucose and insulin regulation. The found that the most common variation was the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) which is a single base pair change in one part of the building blocks of DNA.

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Documentary 'The Mermaid Girl: The Last Six Months' Special on TLC

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[Best Syndication News] A special documentary will air called 'The Mermaid Girl: The Last Six Months' on TLC channel this Sunday, December 13th, which will follow the last months of Shiloh Pepin, who was called a living mermaid because her legs are fused together from a birth defect. The show was to cover her reaching the milestone of turning 10 years old. Shortly after her birthday unfortunately she fell ill and died on October 23, 2009, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

Pepin was born with a condition called Sirenomelia, which is also called Mermaid Syndrome. This is an extremely rare birth deformity where the legs are fused together which gives the appearance of the person having a mermaid tail.

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Antibiotic Kills Cancer Stem Cells

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(Best Syndication News) In an effort that would have made Thomas Edison envious, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) tested 16,000 chemicals to find one that would kill cancer stem cells. This is important because some conventional chemotherapy treatments are unable to kill cancer stem cells that reside in tumors.

Out of the 16,000 natural and commercial chemical compounds the researchers found 32 that worked. Out of those they found one “clear winner” that is readily available. That compound is salinomycin, an antibiotic that disturbs the cell potassium balance. .

According to research published in the August 13th 2009 issue of the journal Cell it is uncertain how it works or if it will ever be available as a treatment, but scientists will certainly use it as a tool for manipulating cancer stem cell numbers and for observing the effects on cancer's spread and progression.

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