Can a godly myth help us understand science stem cells? Often, in search of "truths" we can reject views that are not listed in the correct language.
For example, we often think of mythology as a story and science as a language of truth. However, there is no agreement about the truth value. Science has the means to tell stories that take us back to mythology. Possible mythology can contain universal truths. Consider recent discoveries of embryonic cells. Canadian scientists have discovered that embryonic stem cells produce a number of supportive cells that keep them immortal. Embryo stem cells have so much potential for their unlimited capacity for self-renewal. In the development fetus, it leads to different types of cells that form the body.
Dr. Mick Bhatia is the main investigator and scientific director of McMaster Stem Cells and Cancer Research at McMaster University. Dr. Bhatia and his team are the first to show that in the laboratory, embryonic stem cells can build their own environment.
They provide support cells that give them growth factors that they need to reproduce indefinitely and become skin, muscle, bone, heart, liver, kidney, brain or more than 250 other types of specialized cells.
"The idea that stem cells have the power to create their own niche, their own environment, to feed themselves, no one had ever seen," says Dr. Bhatia, published on July 14, 2007, online version of the journal Nature.
Stem cells build their own support systems, probably also in embryos, says Dr. Bhatia. Scientists have known about the environment as stem cells live instructing what cell it will be. For adults, for example, stem cells found in the muscle tissue produce muscle cells. But until now, they did not know that stem cells can build their own environment. Dr Bhatia says, "This means that stem cell determinations, at least in the embryonic stem cell, are self-programmed." Previous studies on mice have shown that various types of stem cells pour into small nerve cells called niches. These niches are found in special spaces within various tissues, says Dr. Bhatia,
Drawing of arthritis, Bhatia says that blood cell cells, for example, have a house that is found in one place. These stem cells locate strategically in a particular place and surround themselves with cells that have a special role.
"This house is not just a place where they hang out," said Bhatia. "It turns out that houses can control what they do." Working with cells in petri dishes, his team discovered that embryonic stem cells form their own niche from the daughter cells that she is born and these cells re-feed their parent. "We knew the house existed, but we did not know that the person who lives in the house continued to do the house, did it make the brick," he said.
"And we did not know that the brick was not just protecting it, but it was a place, but the person was made of bricks." It's a better metaphor. Embryo stem cells are the mother of the human goddess. They are like Gaia, the first value of the universe, the original parthenogenic goddess.
Gaia covers all levels of the universe within itself, as embryonic stem cells contain any organs and body systems within their body. Gaia is to the universe which embryonic stem cells are human. As an embryonic stem cell, Gaia created its own environment. According to Hesiods Theogony, she created the physical universe, including the sky, the mountains and the ocean.
When key elements of the universe were present, Gaia worked with them to create an independent environment that led to the creation of all other organisms. Each form of life has its own unique niche to carry it.
"The Orphan Hymn To Gaia" Says It All:
"Goddess, Source of God and Death,
Mother of All, Bringing Bounteous Fruits and Flowers,
All Varieties, Maiden
The Immortal blessed, crowned with all sorts
Get close and bless your prayers. "
" The Orphan Hymn to Gaia "could be called" Orpic Hymn for Embryo Cells. "
Well, maybe not. But why not call embryonic stem cells, "Gaia" cells. In name, power myth could contribute to a scientific sense. And let's ponder a scientific insight into mythology.