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The second one variation of this well known e-book is carefully up-to-date with the newest matters, info, and records within the related readable and vividly illustrated structure. a brand new bankruptcy on organ transplantation appears to be like at advances in immunology and the invention of immunosuppressive medicinal drugs, that have contributed considerably to the good fortune cost of those surgical procedures. one other new part tackles the interesting topic of heredity, contemplating its old historical past and Mendel’s discoveries, genetically made up our minds illnesses, and the significance of genetic counseling. Illustrating how paintings, philosophy and mythology juxtapose but supplement clinical concept and evolution, the inclusion of poems and fees on the finish of every bankruptcy serve to make this publication actually certain.

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In short, the age of “cell therapy” has arrived, and it may prove to be a great revolution in the history of medicine. We can look forward to the treatment of many disabling and degenerative diseases including Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, retinal degeneration, heart diseases, stroke, burns, arthritis and the like. In fact, in all circumstances where tissue damage has occurred and the replacement of cells is needed, they would benefit from this therapy.

It now appears that some pluripotent stem cells are also found in the bone marrow, which are capable of generating cells other then that of blood. p65 35 4/19/05, 11:11 AM 36 LIFE SCIENCES FOR THE NON-SCIENTIST ❇❇❇❇❇ “All things in nature work silently. They come into being and possess nothing. They fulfill their function and make no claims. All things alike do their work, and then we see them subside. When they have reached their bloom each returns to its origin. Returning to their origin means fulfillment of their destiny.

The polio virus genome is very small, consisting of 7500 chemical units or bases of RNA (by contrast, the human genome has 3 billion units), so it was not a very difficult task to put all the bases together in a proper order. Once this was done, the virus became “alive”. When the virus was injected into mouse brain, it produced paralysis equivalent to poliomyelitis caused by the natural virus. In another spectacular development, researchers have created a bacteriophage (bacteria-eating virus). The Phi-X174 bacteriophage was developed from its genetic code in just 14 days.

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