What Was Lost, Can Be Regained

Quote below, from Creation Evolution Headline’s Humans May Have Lost Beneficial Traits:

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Partial regeneration hints at better times past. Liver tissue can regenerate. Skin and bone can heal. Stem cell research shows that our bodies carry around raw materials for rebuilding tissues and organs. Why can’t we regrow arms like amphibians? Why do some people go bald? Is the partial regenerative ability of the human body merely a leftover of a full repair kit that would enable much longer life? Here are some headlines that suggest innate regenerative potential in the body.

  1. Aging diminishes spinal cord regeneration after injury (Medical Xpress). Why does this ability decline over time?
  2. Researchers link absence of protein to liver tissue regeneration (Science Daily). A healthy liver can regrow 70% of its tissue after injury. Why don’t other organs do that?
  3. Specific gene network found that promotes nervous system repair (Science Daily). UCLA scientists found “an existing drug that mimics that gene network has been repurposed to promote nerve regeneration in the CNS [central nervous system].” Has that ability been lost?
  4. Mechanism to regenerate heart tissue identified (Science Daily). If drugs can “help the body grow muscles and remove scar tissue,” what if the body could have done this without external help?
  5. New research shows young muscle stem cells can improve adult muscle regeneration (Medical Xpress). If the muscles are there and work in the unborn child, why do they lose capacity later in life?
  6. Complex learning dismantles barriers in the brain (Medical Xpress). The brain has astonishing ability to rewire itself and re-learn things after injury. Why, then, do some brain disorders fail this repair process?
  7. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) shown to form multiple types of functional lymphocytes in vivo (Medical Xpress). What if this capability did not have to be induced but happened naturally as the need arose?
  8. Stem cells used to successfully regenerate damage in corticospinal injury (Medical Xpress). A team finds that neural stem cells support regeneration.
  9. 3-D ‘mini-retinas’ grown from mouse and human stem cells (Science Daily). Cambridge biologists are trying to “harness the flexibility” of stem cells to regenerate parts.
  10. Bioengineering a 3D integumentary organ system from iPS cells using an in vivo transplantation model (Science Magazine). Their experiments can regrow skin, complete with hair. A cure for baldness coming? See the picture and description in the BBC News; the sample even sprouted hair and glands.

‘Game changing’ stem cell repair system (Science Daily). This headline screams for attention in the stem cell world. Scientists publishing in PNAS announced a promising new method for tissue regeneration. Using a new way to reprogram body cells into “induced multipotent stem cells” (iMS), scientists can extract fat cells and dope them with AZA, a compound known to induce cell plasticity. “When the stem cells are inserted into the damaged tissue site,” Science Daily says, “they multiply, promoting growth and healing.” The new cells take on the characteristics of the tissue into which they are inserted. This new method overcomes ethical problems with embryonic stem cells, and doesn’t require viral vectors to reprogram the cells. Look what they compare it to:

Stem cell therapies capable of regenerating any human tissue damaged by injury, disease or ageing could be available within a few years, following landmark research led by UNSW Australia researchers.

The repair system, similar to the method used by salamanders to regenerate limbs, could be used to repair everything from spinal discs to bone fractures, and has the potential to transform current treatment approaches to regenerative medicine.

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Will evil things be used with this technology? Sadly yes: just as electricity can be used to power up cattle prods, and chemistry is the foundation for all sorts of weapons…

…but the benefits will outweigh the losses.

It is God’s world, not Satan’s. And Christians are called upon to act as God’s Agents, in redeeming the land and building up His Kingdom on Earth, so it will be like His rule in heaven.

God wins, and Satan looses… and not just in Eternity, either!

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