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Would you donate fat cells to prevent animal research?

Would you donate fat cells to prevent animal research?

Isn’t science grand?

Imagine my delight when I read about a method of stem cell research that has the potential to prevent animal testing. 

For all the controversy about embryonic stem cell research there is a refined method discovered by professors Jamie Thomson of the University of Wisconsin and Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan, that enables researchers to take adult skin tissue and manipulate it into versatile properties of embryonic stem (ES) cells. The process is called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS.)

Professor Thomson believes iPS cells are more valuable as laboratory models for studying disease and testing drugs as opposed to growing replacement tissue and organs for transplantation.  

Theoretically, this sounds like a great compromise in the debate between right and left wing views toward research using embryonic stem cells, but in reality iPS has not shown reliable results.  Charles Q. Choi reports in Scientific American, abnormalities have been found with the iPS cells.  The cause is hypothesized to be as a result of the viruses used to create them.  Viruses can potentially make iPS cells age and die abnormally, limiting efficacy results.

But researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered a potentially more reliable supply of iPS cells in something many of us have too much of … adipose fat cells!  The team found fat cells are more efficient than skin cells in turning back into stem cells.

No joking – wouldn’t it be great to use fat liposuctioned out of human patients as the building blocks for research? This could free animals from being tortured in the name of scientific research to benefit humans!

The cruel and sadistic methods used on animals in what has been termed “medical research” are well documented.

Maybe one day science will advance to the ethical practices of researching human medicine with only human cells and leave animals to the lives they were born for… 


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8:07PM PDT on May 14, 2013

I definitely would. Thanks for sharing.

1:40PM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

P.S. And OF COURSE testing on animals is unethical! And Care2 support it! Sign this to try and stop it?

1:39PM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

Of course I would! What sane human wouldn't?! (Unless, of course, they were underweight, then it would be understandable)

12:07PM PDT on May 28, 2010

Oh my goodness me how horrible. Yes I would donate fat cells. Oh please stop this sick and cruel way with animals. Thank you for making us aware by the way.

12:36AM PDT on May 28, 2010

This would be so awesome and there wouldn´t be shortage of the raw material, I´ll gladly donate mine for the cause! Whether or not this will be an option in the future, I think animal testing is wrong and needs to stop. Plain and simple.

2:51PM PDT on May 23, 2010

leave em' be,use me not bloody animals

9:57AM PDT on May 22, 2010

sign me up

4:07PM PDT on May 15, 2010

Why couldn't they figure something like this out years ago? Poor animals. ):

2:12AM PDT on May 14, 2010

Wouldn't it be great if it would actually prove more cost effective, results improved, easier and faster to use fat! Sounds great to me too! Science would have a perfect start with all of us donating!

4:51AM PDT on May 13, 2010

of course,,,,

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