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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Cells and Sales

Greetings bloggers,



Got a couple of stories for you today.

The British treasury is expected to bring in close to £1.4 billion from the sale of 620 Lloyd's TSB branches and the whole of Northern Rock. I guess this is somewhat good news for the majority of people as the treasury attempts to begin recovering the investment it put into the Banks only a short time ago. I would be interesting to see what the +/- figures for this deal when you compare it to when Northern Rock had to be bailed by the Bank of England out due to excessive mortgage lending by the former back in 07.

This is a little bit further to the science(y) side so bare with me. The wealthiest Britons can now begin freeze and store their stem cells as an "insurance policy" that could later be used to treat diseases/disorders etc... as they develop in the foreseeable future. Granted this seems a major step forward as it is the first time the regulatory body (Human Tissue Authority) has actually acknowledged such a proposal however questions should be asked to whether or not this could be seen as the beginnings of a privatised state with the best care going to the "best" (supposedly richest) people. The companies leading the project offers charges of £2,495 for the collection and storage of your stem cells for a period of 20 years.
Currently no stem cell therapy exists under private or government health care however the hope is that diseases and disabilities such as:
  • Parkinson's
  • Alzheimer's
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Defective Organs
Will be at the forefront of future research.


36 comments:

  1. Always good to see Stem Cell research progressing. Very informative post, keep it up!

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  2. there need to be more reserch

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  3. It shouldn't shock anyone that the wealthy would be the first to invest in new technologies.. they are expensive and aren't even fine tuned yet. Will be interesting where that leads us.

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  4. The stem cell thing is interesting. I was reading a book about Alzheimer's and it's such a horrible disease...would be nice to have SOME work towards a cure.

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  5. Stem cell research has proven to be doing very well!

    following and supporting

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  6. Very interesting indeed.

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  7. I'm not quite sure why people are against stem cells, I know I don't fully grasp the situation but it something like using cells from your own body to heal yourself...? Either way it looks like stem cells can do some pretty amazing stuff.

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  8. great news, maybe more people can be cured thanks to this

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  9. stem cells as insurance is a radical idea. Should be really interesting to revisit in 5years or so to reflect on the uptake

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  10. I liked the article about the stem cells! Always good to see some controversial science progressing.

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  11. I think that Stem Cell research is the only way forward. No ifs and buts, the only way.

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  12. Interesting, thanks for posting!

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  13. @zemzero 'cause some ppl say that you're basically killing living organisms or smth.

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  14. In the USA the parts of the banks the government bought up to save them are now worth more then they paid and the treasury is making money from every thing they sell or take interest on.

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  15. Good news stories, interesting.

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  16. good reads. thanks for sharing the articles. following

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  17. That stem cell thing is interesting, will be seeing what happens in the future.

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  18. 2nd story is very interesting. Stem cell treatment is paving the way of medicine for future generations.

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  19. Ye, the second story is very interesting. Myself is a natural science dude, so it is very interesting to read. :)

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  20. Cool,my grandmother has Parkinson and who could forget Marty Mcfly Michael J. Fox also has it.

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  21. Stem cell insurance? Interesting...

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  22. I don't see why there are ethical constraints on stem cell research anymore.

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  23. the stem cell stuff is great and you cant really argue the healthcare to the richest thing if youve got the money why not lol its not health care yet anyway they cant do to much with em yet

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  24. both interesting reads, nice one, cheers for posting. following you.

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  25. Very nice. Hope to read more like this!

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  26. nice read! love the song :3

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  27. Bring on the stem cells i say, hasn't anyone seen futurama?

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  28. Stem cell research is huge, just some people have a problem with it.

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  29. Stem cell is gonna go a long way!

    Following and supporting!

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  30. I'm all for the stem cell research. It's already doing great things.

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  31. Great stuff, stem cell research is amazing!

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