Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A few adult stem cell articles

Captain's Log, Stardate 01.24.2006

The Monday book giveaway is here. On Thursday, I'll post the title for another book I'm giving away. Stay tuned.

This article talks about a possible new way to multiply adult stem cells. This would open the doors for cord blood stem cells or other adult stem cells to be used for therapy.

There's a new biotech company that has supposedly pluripotent stem cells (just like embryonic stem cells) isolated from the placenta rather than removed from a destroyed embryo. If the cells really are pluripotent, there's no reason to kill embryos when scientists could isolate human stem cell lines from placentas instead.

Bible in 90 Days: day 16. I finished Judges--nasty! Those Israelites were horrible to their women and bloodier than Freddy K. The whole gang/city raping thing makes me want to puke.

But I did notice the Israelites were quick to obey God when they wanted something from Him. And it amazed me that God still helped them even while they were bowing to all their little household idols.

Isn't it like that with me? I obey God more when I'm hoping for something I really want, but when things are going well or I'm not in immediate need for something, I let my Bible reading, memory verses, prayer, even church attendance fall lax. The only thing that separates me from the Israelites is that I didn't go kill 42,000 men in one day.

Writing: Got most of my plot points down last night, although I feel like I should do more plot structure tweaking. Hopefully I can complete my synopsis today.

Diet: I think my calorie count yesterday was around 1600. I must have pushed myself harder than I thought at PT yesterday, because my muscles hurt today. I only survived 15 minutes on the bike this morning. Maybe I can do more later today. So far I've only had a banana (100) for breakfast, and I'll have fish sticks (400) with celery and peanut butter (200) for lunch. Then hopefully I'll have some portion control for dinner.


  1. I'm still in Leviticus. It was pretty gross what you had to do to get rid of sin.

  2. Fish sticks???

    Girl, you have got to come eat at my house. Here we either catch it, kill it, or grow it.

    Or buy it in a generic brand, but that's another story :-)

    Isn't 90 day Bible so awesome? I wish I'd done this YEARS ago.

    Writing---ha! I've done next to nothing. Does entering your PIN code count as writing?

    Diet--Call me Queen Lean Cuisine. I've gained 20 lbs since I stopped smoking. Today I kind of splurged with eggplant parmesean. But can you blame me? Eggplant, Camy, eggplant.

    Exercise--not sure I even know how to spell the word, much less...ummm...actually do it.

    Have chewed four Nicorette squares today. In two weeks I'm gonna be cut off to one piece each one to four hours. Yikes!

    Ironing--have laughed at the iron while dusting, but that's about it.

  3. Cool news on the Stem Cell stuff, hope it makes an impact on the science community.

    And congrats on getting those plot-points down. :)