Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New Types of Stem Cell Research

So, I found this interesting (even if it is a little controversial) news story about using stem cells harvested from menstrual blood in order to treat life threatening diseases. Everyone knows that stem cell research is working on many different diseases to help treat them and protect future generations from this disease by studying the stem cells. I wrote a long research paper in my J102 class about stem cell research, and I support it. I do not feel that this is in any way a step backwards. It is a step forward, in the right direction. No one wants to see their loved ones suffer from illness, and if stem cells can help, it will be better. Here is a press release that describes more of the new research:

Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Women's Menstrual Blood

July 07, 2008: 01:28 PM EST

OLDSMAR, Fla., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With today’s hectic lifestyle, where most women are juggling careers, family, relationships, and a host of activities, the idea of possibly facing a serious illness in the future is not something that readily comes to mind -- especially when a woman is in the prime of her life. But what most women don’t know, is that the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be found within her own body -- in vital stem cells, which can now be harvested from her own menstrual blood.

Now, thanks to the revolutionary research and technology of C’elle, a service dedicated to providing women with a safe and easy method of collecting and preserving stem cells found in her menstrual fluid each month, even the busiest woman can take control of her future, right in the privacy of her own home. With C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. These self-renewing cells one day may even be used for sports medicine or cosmeceutical treatments, such as anti-aging therapies.

"C’elle enables and empowers a woman to take control of her future health, and possibly of those genetically closest to her, in a fast, painless and stress free way," said Michelle Kay, Marketing and Sales Manager for C’elle. "We live in exciting times, as science and technology are discovering how extremely valuable menstrual blood stem cells really are, and the enormous treatment potential they represent for future therapies. C’elle’s ongoing research is supporting these promising findings."

For more information about C’elle, please call 1-877-892-3553 or visit

Now, this is the first time that I have heard about stem cells being harvested from menstrual blood, but apparently it works by collecting the cells each month and then cryogenically preserving them. They can be used for therapies to treat disease at any time in the future. While the concept of the collection is a little disgusting to some, it is still a good option for those who want to protect the future of their family. You can check out all of the options you have at Celle Client Testimonial.

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