Japan stem cell Nobel laureate to get Y30 bil research boost

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    semperfi

    FINALLY he gets the money !!!! -----------------It is too bad the J Govt does not fund research the way, say the American Govt does. ............................... Yamanaka . - and colleagues - had to struggle for years- and most of them in his clinic still DO NOT HAVE JOB SECURITY - -.................................. I read somewhere that just this last Spring , Yamanaka particpated in the Kyoto Marathon as one way to continue to raise funds for his work. ................................Shame on Japan Gov't - -

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    gogogo

    This is all banned in the US if I am not wrong?

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    cleo

    This is all banned in the US if I am not wrong?

    There's a law that prohibits the use of taxpayer funding for research that harvests stem cells from human embryos. Private funding in the US has produced a bunch of human stem cells that can be reproduced in the lab, and taxpayer money can be used for work on those cells since no human embryo is harmed in such work.

    Yamanaka's work however involves generating stem cells from adult mouse fibroblasts, so the US legislation would not apply to his work anyway.

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    Resurfaced

    So the government is raising our taxes, complaining about not having money for the Tohoku infrastructure but all of a sudden 30 billion yen is available for research? Tell me if that is wrong. I think 10 billion is more than enough and the othe 20 billion for Tohoku.

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    tjguy

    This is excellent news! This money will be put to good use and I expect much progress will be made in curing difficult diseases using these types of cells.

    No, there is no law against research on adult stem cells in the US. There isn't even a law against embryonic stem cell research - the kind that destroys embryos in order to get stem cells, but there is a law against government funding of embryonic stem cell research outside of what is already being done. Private companies are freely allowed to pursue this research, but little progress has been made on the embryonic stem cell side of the issue. From the beginning, adult stem cells taken from the patient's own body showed much more promise for treatments. Too bad Californians were duped into putting up billions of dollars for embryonic research by the promoters of embryonic stem cell research who used celebrities to create empathy and bash all those against destroying embryos as anti-science. They just wanted the money.

    But here we have someone avoiding the moral problem of destroying embryos for scientific research and finding another way to create stem cells! Excellent work. He deserves to be fully funded as many people will benefit from this work and all with the moral concern of destroying other life to do it.

    Adult stem cell research avoids the problem of the body rejecting foreign substances because it uses cells from the patients own body which is why so much progress has been made. Sometimes it pays even in this world to do what is right!

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    cleo

    all with the moral concern of destroying other life to do it.

    I assume you meant to write all without the moral concern of destroying other life - which isn't strictly true. Plenty of lives are being destroyed, just not human ones.

    Adult stem cell research avoids the problem of the body rejecting foreign substances because it uses cells from the patients own body which is why so much progress has been made.

    We're hearing lots of talk all about the possibilities and potential of stem cell research in curing everything from brain damage to diabetes, but apart from bone marrow transplants to replace cells damaged during chemotherapy in cancer patients (a treatment developed over 30 years ago and still considered highly risky), what progress has been made in actually making treatments available?

  • -2

    kurisupisu

    Dolly the Sheep?

  • -3

    cleo

    Who did Dolly cure, and of what?

  • 4

    Shan Wong

    Skin grafts, a real boon to burn victims.

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    Waxman

    Human is trying to be God here? See the world aged population, specially Japanese aged population! It pains to lose someone you love but that is way it is!! Let it be natural...

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    mrmalice

    stem cells is the future, so far about nothing about it has been discovered and the potential seems limitless up to a longevity vaccine or maybe clinical immortality ? banned means someone else who does it gets the benefits i fear. It's not like they grow little babies and keep them in glass jars to extract the cells. People can be injected with their own stem cells as well. It's complex matter in an early stage.

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    davestrousers

    Some Luddites commenting here. Just because there are no immediate applications we shouldn't research it? Think of the likes of Michael Faraday, whos work on electricity came a century before much of the subsequent technology that changed the world.

    "Playing god" is just a facile argument that could be used to bash almost any technology that has ever been invented.

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    cleo

    Some Luddites commenting here. Just because there are no immediate applications we shouldn't research it?

    Not at all, research away. Just don't claim it has solved all our problems when it hasn't actually solved very much so far. Down that path lies disappointment, billions blown on research grants that could possibly be better spent elsewhere, and untold death and suffering. Dolly was the only viable animal out of 277 cloned sheep that made it out of the test tube.

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    semperfi

    gogogo : This is all banned in the US if I am not wrong**?....................................NO it is not banned in the States. Bush stopped stem cell research from embryos. Obama reversed it. ...........................................But Yamanak's work removes the medical possibilties form the heated ethics debate because he used skins cells not human embryos.................................. THAT is what is so innovative . .plus the fact that HE is actually olyn a few years away from changing diseases like DIABETIES, PARKINSONS, MS, MACULAR DEGENERATION , etc .. **

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    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    Need to win the Nobel prize to get some attention.... sad

  • 0

    almxx

    Scientific discoveries that seem to hold endless possibilities and can help mankind, are not nearly as exciting as a sporting event or the introduction of a new hand held electronic toy.

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    Scrote

    Good news for Dr Yamanaka, but will this money come from the existing budget i.e. others will lose out?

    The education ministry have been cutting university funding (and salaries) every year for the past several years and plan to continue this. Maybe Japan won't see so many Nobel laureates in the future.

    The "tenure track" system has also been introduced into Japanese universities recently. It has the merit that it weeds out the idle and gets the post docs to work hard. I do wonder how many of them end up with permanent positions though, if the money to keep them on just isn't there.

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    bajhista65

    I hope this recent advance medical technology will HELP the sick and needy poor aside from the wealthy alone who can afford.

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    yasukuni

    It does seem like a lot of money for one researcher or dept. to me. 300 million US? (or did I get my zeros wrong?)

    Just when you think the govt. has no money.

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    yasukuni

    "US chemists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka had won the Nobel Prize for chemistry"

    I wonder if those guys will be on TV for hours each day in America like the guy here in Japan? But it's good that Japan honors those people who do stuff like that - instead of just people who kick lots of goals, or a reality TV star who gets arrested.

    This guy is as big as AKB48 - a least for a little while.

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    Yubaru

    It does seem like a lot of money for one researcher or dept. to me. 300 million US? (or did I get my zeros wrong?)

    You got the zeros right, I but it's supposed to be funded over the next 10 years.

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    Yubaru

    I wonder if those guys will be on TV for hours each day in America like the guy here in Japan? But it's good that Japan honors those people who do stuff like that - instead of just people who kick lots of goals, or a reality TV star who gets arrested.

    It only depends upon who you work for. The guy who invented LED lights got nothing (comparatively)

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    Fadamor

    This is all banned in the US if I am not wrong?

    Wrong for this particular scientist's discovery. The problem in the U.S. is using embryonic stem cells for research. The embryo is destroyed in the process and the holy rollers consider that to be murder.

    Yamanaka-san's work involved reverting adult cells back into "stem cell status". Even the holy rollers have no problem with this kind of research because it does not adversely affect the adult the cells were taken from.

    The only possible problem now is that the adult cells that are reverted back to stem cells will be using "aged" DNA. Errors in the cells are more likely to occur as the DNA is affected by repeated cell division. I think the ideal situation would be to work with the cells found in the person's umbilical cord. The tissue is from the person, but is normally discarded after birth and as such working with it would not harm the person. The DNA is not aged significantly and the cells can still be reverted to stem cells using Dr. Yamanaka's research. If they can find a way to store the cord in such a way as to keep the cells usable for Dr. Yamanaka's process, then we could have a ready-made source of material for growing replacement organs that would not be rejected by that person.

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    presto345

    It only depends upon who you work for. The guy who invented LED lights got nothing (comparatively)

    Not everyone who accomplishes something that benefits society as a whole feels they need to be awarded great sums. They do not have that greed corporations do. They have the urge to create something and succeeding is their reward and satisfaction.

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    JeffLee

    I thought this government was committed to cutting public spending. Get the private sector to do the funding, not us taxpayers. The private sector is the one who be will making the massive profits once the products start rolling out.

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