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Posted 2/11/18 , edited 2/11/18

SocialJusticeWarrior wrote:
No, it won't make you younger or immortal. These are simply cells that through excessive alteration were set in a state that is more unspecific. This means they are able to differentiate into a number of different cells (although not every type of cell, this would be ominpotent), which makes them pluripotent.


Just off topic for a moment but I can sincerely say we are all going to regret your choice of user name in the foreseeable future. -.-

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Ionno, I sort of need a confirmation about whether it works/or not. I don't know how they came up with this list either. But this is where I arrive at through my research.


No, it won't make you younger or immortal. These are simply cells that through excessive alteration were set in a state that is more unspecific. This means they are able to differentiate into a number of different cells (although not every type of cell, this would be ominpotent), which makes them pluripotent.
In reality, if you would inject the chemicals needed for inducing pluripotenty (sox etc) it would damage your body. To get from differentiated cells to pluripotent cells you have to treat the differentiated cells with a specific protocol of different chemical factors, not just willy-nilly injecting it.
iPS cells are an interesting idea, but it is a long way from actually being able to simply be used for any such thing you speak of.


Hi, I'm referring to the cell signaling molecules at the far left of the chart like, BMP4, Activin, FGF2. They are capable of inducing pluripotency on the cells just like you mentioned. But there is a technique known as partial reprogramming(Check out the Salk's Experiment https://www.salk.edu/news-release/turning-back-time-salk-scientists-reverse-signs-aging/).
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runec wrote:

Just off topic for a moment but I can sincerely say we are all going to regret your choice of user name in the foreseeable future. -.-



It's not meant ironically, but literally (the way it was originally meant) - don't know if this makes it better though.



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Hi, I'm referring to the cell signaling molecules at the far left of the chart like, BMP4, Activin, FGF2. They are capable of inducing pluripotency on the cells just like you mentioned. But there is a technique known as partial reprogramming(Check out the Salk's Experiment https://www.salk.edu/news-release/turning-back-time-salk-scientists-reverse-signs-aging/).


I see. I wasn't aware of the "new" experiments they did with iPS cells. The article you post has a few incorrect things in it, but by and large it is interesting to see what people were able to establish so far. Still, we are a long way from actually using these technologies.
Immortality would nevertheless be off the table, because some cells are simply limited in their number (e.g. female oocytes which are not essential though) and the only way to would be either to recycle them over and over again, or find a way to let them be produce (which will be difficult).
More on your initial question though. Healing diseases is of course great, and I think most people would use it. I wouldn't use them to become "younger" though, or to live forever - at least not in this world.
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