Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Can We Live Forever?

Can We Live Forever? You and I know the answer from God’s Word in 1 John 5:11,

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

How about the people out there who don’t accept this truth? They find other ways to live forever.

Medical Science Seeking Immortality

Medical advances have doubled human life expectancy in past centuries. But can humans ever beat death altogether?

Can we control and fix the errors that build up in our DNA over the years? Can we find a way to replace the chemistry of life with something more durable?

Death is a humbling reality – but what if life had no end? Cutting-edge science embarks on a bold mission to extend human life and may soon bring immortality within our grasp.

Why do we age? Dr, Michio Kaku explains the second law of thermodynamics states that everything falls apart eventually, including the human body.

Scientists Turn Human Skin Cells Into Healthy Heart Cells

In a medical first, scientists in Haifa, Israel, took skin cells from two heart failure patients and reprogrammed them into stem cells that generated healthy, beating heart muscle cells in the lab. Though human testing is likely a decade off, the hope is that such cells can be used to help people with heart failure repair their damaged hearts with their own skin cells.

In the current study, scientists first mixed the newly developed heart cells with pre-existing heart tissue — within days, the cells were beating together. The heart tissue was then transplanted into rats, where it integrated with the rats’ healthy heart cells.

“What is new and exciting about our research is that we have shown that it’s possible to take skin cells from an elderly patient with advanced heart failure and end up with his own beating cells in a laboratory dish that are healthy and young — the equivalent to the stage of his heart cells when he was just born,” says lead researcher Dr. Lior Gepstein, a senior clinical electrophysiologist at Rambam Medical Center in Israel, said in a statement.

The researchers were pleased to find that the cells made from the two heart failure patients, ages 51 and 61, generated heart muscle cells that were just as effective as those developed from healthy, young controls.

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