The objections surrounding the use of embryonic stem cells in organ and tissue reconstruction could be silenced if clinical trials for a new strain of stem cells derived from liposuctioned fat get a nod of approval from the FDA. And if they do, their first order of business will probably be growing bigger breasts.
Experimenting with non-vital organs is safer and subject to a much more limited set of regulations, since the stakes in experimenting on a human heart are much higher than on less-crucial appendages. Additionally, FDA approval isn't required to relocate cells that are removed and returned to the same person in one procedure. And breast augmentation is the most commonly performed plastic surgery in the U.S., earning almost $1 billion in 2009.
Human trials have demonstrated that adipose-derived stem cells can be successful treating a variety of bodily failures, improving aerobic capacity in people with heart disease, increasing blood supply and pumping capacity in heart attack survivors and decreasing incontinence in prostatectomy survivors by 89 percent. In rat studies, the cells improved kidney function.
Trials in breast growth (and re-growth in the case of breast cancer survivors recovering from mastectomies, lumpectomies and quadrantectomies) have been promising. Since the tissues induce the formation of blood vessels, the regenerative cells link the blood supply to the fat cells they're traveling with, presenting a much lower risk of reabsorption than the injection of fat cells alone. In 2007, a cosmetic surgeon in Japan began a human study and reported that patients injected with the stem-cell-loaded fat solution grew an average of 4 centimeters in breast circumference while the tissue remained soft and natural.
If the San Diego-based biotech company Cytori Therapeutics that developed the centrifuge system gets FDA approval for clinical trials, they could find themselves at the forefront of the regenerative medical industry; but not before they tap in to the sizeable market of women willing to trade surplus fat elsewhere for a more shapely bustline.
I wonder if Sean McNamara and Christian Troy know about this.
The possibilities, of who can grow breasts, are limitless. But really, very smart route, going for simple, possible, tests first to pave the way for better things.
This is all stem cell research needed to get the backing of...everyone. Woo!
Already out of the lab and into the clinic---being done with adult stem cells in Thailand and the UK and among others here and there.
Though this Japan study is about 18 months behind the envelope, it is 25 years ahead of embryonic hype.
Repair Stem Cell Institute
I'm just glad we've got our priorities in order for once.
This is kind of messed up
If its from fat, then its not embryonic...
At any rate, hopefully this will work out well for the future... Though, I'd prefer they not be used for implants...
My sister and many women suffer from the stigma of deformed breasts following lumpectomies or mastectomies. The ability to regrow perfect breasts, from their own cells, is a near miracle. Love this company - Cytori is giving women their life back!
This is awesome for people with deformed breasts or people that had breast cancer and had to have them removed...I mean this gives them the option to basically grow back their natural breasts how cool is this!
Definitely not a good idea...
This is yet another great example of how research on adult stem cells seems to be succeeding quite well without help from the gov't, while fetal stem cell research can't seem to get off the ground without federal funding.
It's nice to finally see it happening. Stem Cells..
"The objections surrounding the use of embryonic stem cells could be silenced..." Nonsense - the author is trying to obscure the difference between ADULT and EMBRYONIC stem cell research.
Even the Vatican has no objections to research and use of adult stem cells, generally. I don't think that it's good editorial policy for PopSci to allow this author to promote a hidden political agenda in the name of science.
The way the article is written it seem Mrs. Schiffman doesn't understand that the objection to Embryonic Stem Cell Research is based on moral grounds. If we object to the destruction of an embryo for a potential;y life saving procedure, why would we suddenly be silenced for a cosmetic procedure? Maybe, like Pamela Anderson, who didn't understand that Ugg boots required the destruction of a living host, She doesn't understand that Embryonic Stem Cell research requires the destruction of a human embryo. Which many of us view as morally unacceptable.
Despite the misleading opening statement, the rest of the article is a great indication of the success in adult stem cell research, which has always been supported.
No More Fakes? </b>Hooray for Boobies!
Well, I scanned ALL the comments, thus far, and I did not see the obvious follow-up question.
And ... I gotta ask, because I am a caucasion male ...
... er, uh, do I really have to spell it out ... "Stem-swell-therapy"?
= Uhg! =
Great now late at night we will see breast augmentation commercials. Later followed by stem cell penis enlargement.
I can definatley NOT see myself injecting that in my dick... Who doesnt enjoy the thought of shoving a huge needle into their shaft? On the other hand, I can definatley see myself getting that stuff, running around and injecting it into chicks tits for fun... Sure, I might get tossed in jail for a bit.. But when I got out... Huge tits everywhere....
ahh well if the liposuction stem cells work. i guess this idea will be alright because we have too many stem cells then. and you could improve just about everything on your body if you gain a little weight so you can get liposuction.
lamo imagine a doctor telling you. you need to gain weight to we can take it out again, and fix your heart and your breast size all at the same time. lmao
you are spamming that had nothing to do with the topic
congrats you just invalidated your own point