The same as you can say that with wounding based science at least we know without a doubt that the racecar is capable of winning the race I can say that with cell therapy at least the racecar is capable of winning the race too.
For example, we already know that the cells will grow hair because the same as you say that we’ve briefly seen the race car fire up we can also say that we’ve briefly seen the cell-therapy race car fire up as well. We saw the cell therapy race car fire up when Jahoda implanted his own hair cells into his wife’s arm and produced terminal head hairs from his head on her arm.
And the same as you are saying that we just have to figure out the right tools to make wounding work I can say the thing about cell therapy because at least we know what the obstacle is to make the cell therapy treatment work. All we have to do is get 100% of the hair cell genes in culture to express because the cells are losing their inductivity when they’re out of the body too long for culture. They know what the problem is, and they are zeroed in on trying to figure out how to solve the problem. Once they solve that problem hair loss could be cured.
On the other hand, Cots is still trying to figure out why his wounding isn’t producing full thickness hair every time. He’s still looking for a direction. Cell therapy researchers have the direct direction - protect inducitivity for long enough to culture the hair cells sufficiently. And once they accomplish this hair loss is history.
The way I see it is that the hair cell researchers are further along than the wounding researchers, especially when you consider that the hair cell researchers have the great Dr. Nigam on the case who is solving problems by leaps and bounds.
[quote][postedby]Originally Posted by cal[/postedby]
I don’t have a suggestion on what we should do now, sitting at home, reading online MPB forums.
I just have an opinion. I would rather see more research dollars focused on this method than dumping another $150 million dollars into ARI-style cellular science and hoping all the basic roadblocks can be surmounted.
With the wounding-based science, at least we know without a doubt that the racecar is capable of winning the race if we can get the stupid thing to fire up. And we have seen it fire up briefly with only the tools we already have in our hands today. Whereas with ARI-style cellular science we maybe be chasing our tails trying to make a non-competitive car keep up with the pack for another 10-20 years.[/quote]