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[IP] interesting article

Here is an interesting new article which someone ran across and told me..
what do you all think?


        SO FAR, the research has been done in monkeys only — but it has
been so successful that human trials will start within months.
       Until now the problem with transplantation has been that the body’s
immune system tries to reject transplanted tissue so vigorously that some
transplants are not possible — and others require a lifetime of harsh
anti-rejection drugs
       In the new research, scientists were able to use a genetically
engineered drug to retrain the immune system, altering white blood cells so
that the body accepts the transplanted tissue without anti-rejection drugs.
       At the University of Miami, Dr. Norma Kenyon and Dr. Camillio
Ricordi, for the first time, successfully transplanted cells called islets
that manufacture insulin. Monkeys with a condition like diabetes now can
survive and stay healthy without insulin shots.   

          “This appears to be a significant advance,” said Kenyon, “one
step closer to what may eventually lead to a cure for type-1 diabetes.”
       That’s amazing news for the almost one million Americans like Jane
Adams, of Washington, DC, who suffer form the most serious form of
diabetes, type-1. To keep their blood sugar at normal levels most diabetics
must constantly monitor their blood and inject insulin several times a day.
But even with insulin, diabetes can get out of control bringing loss of
eyesight and limbs, heart attacks and death.
       “Theres an everyday burden of dealing with your diabetes,” said
Adams. “But there’s also an emotional and kind of frightening burden about
what lies ahead in the future.”
       Using the new transplantation technology, other scientists have
transplanted kidneys in monkeys — without using anti-rejection drugs. If it
works in humans, transplants will become much simpler.
       “People could have their organ failure cured,” said Kirk, “and go
about their normal daily life without being tethered by the side effects of
immunosuppressive medication.”
       That dream could become a reality as early as this summer, when
human trials begin of the new kidney transplant technique and the new
attempt at curing diabetes 


Brian Carter
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