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  THAT'S LIFE!
by Tom Hyland
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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Well Pilgrims, here's yet another NON-poem - but in the form of one. I LIE a lot!

As I typed the Title the first time, the wonderful tune of Ole Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra started rolling through my feeble mind.

"... and don't you forget it!"

Hope this all helps to understand LIFE a tad better.






THATíS LIFE!

© - Tom Hyland - 03-19-09

An immature Female reproductive cell -
An Oocyte - develops into an Ovum, or Egg.
The Male counter-part is called a Spermatozoa.


A Gamete is a specialized cell,
Either Female or Male,
With only Half the normal number of Chromosomes.
When two opposite gametes unite - Fertilization -
Sexual reproduction occurs.


A Stem Cell can make any kind of cell
Required to make an Organism.
When it divides, it can produce either:
Two new Stem cells, or two ordinary cells, or one of each.
Stem cells can renew themselves Indefinitely!


By contrast, an Ordinary cell has a particular function -
Can only make a Copy of itself in Division,
And can only divide a Limited number of times.


There are two types of Stem Cells -
Embryonic, which can develop into any
Type of Organ or Tissue - called Pluripotency.
Whereas Adult, or Somatic cells can only turn
Into certain specialized cells,
Like: Blood, Bone, or Nerve cells.

An Embryo is a Human Offspring
Up to the Eighth week of development,
After that, it is called a Fetus.


Embryonic Stem Cells usually only last about Three weeks,
But - those produced in Laboratory conditions
Continue to divide, and can be sustained
Almost Indefinitely in Nutrient Cultures.


A Primary Source of Stem Cells is the Umbilical Cord.
When a Baby is Born, this Cord is cut off -
And normally thrown into the Trash, as Human Waste -
I would call this Wasteful - and - Death!


Ergo, if these Stem Cells can be Frozen -
Maintained to Help other People
Who are Already Born, Alive, and Sick -
Whatís the Big Deal?


THATíS LIFE!


© - TKH


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http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_701505584/Stem_Cell.html#p29





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Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 3/21/2009
Methinks anyone who doubts the need for Stem Cell implantation certainly has never walked the halls of St Jude Children's Hospital! Thank you for this poetic article, Tom...
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/19/2009
The problem I'm having is just that: It's (a) LIFE. The babe's: conversely, one who is sick or dying needs help. Why not use adult stem cells? Don't take one life to make another's better. Just my opinion, such as it is. Still and all, Tom, an excellent poem.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/19/2009
Just fantastic, love your picture too, got me smiling! I do believe there are strong arguments on both sides, but you have expressed yourself well...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/19/2009
Who's Frank Sinatra? He must be an old guy, like you...LOL...& thank you for this lesson in implantation, now I got to take a cold shower, but any shower is better than none...;-) ed
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/19/2009
Ergo, if these Stem Cells can be Frozen -
Maintained to Help other People
Who are Already Born, Alive, and Sick -
Whatís the Big Deal?

It sounds like a very Good Deal, to me. We have enough trash already.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 3/19/2009
Hey, good morning my friend. Enjoyed the biology lesson. I have heard over the past few years that some parents are having their child's stem cells, from the cord, criogenically frozen and stored for future use, in the advent of the child perhaps developing some catastrophic illness later on in life. Leukemia comes to mind here. Great idea but costly to maintain. I enjoyed the poem, always do. Blessings, and hugs, J'nia

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