Lara Baker

Lara Baker

First year university student at UOW, studying a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
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Recent research shows that leukemia patients can relapse due to chemotherapy failing to kill the self-renewing or cancer stem cells. After many experiments conducted on mouse models, scientists were able to dramatically reduce the root of the cancerous cells resistance to the treatment. The NOTCH1 pathway is the center of the issue where cells are cloned and replicated. By introducing a monoclonal antibody, the leukemia initiating cells were unable to survive.

Recent research shows that leukemia patients can relapse due to chemotherapy failing to kill the self-renewing or cancer stem cells. After many experiments conducted on mouse models, scientists were able to dramatically reduce the root of the cancerous cells resistance to the treatment. The NOTCH1 pathway is the center of the issue where cells are cloned and replicated. By introducing a monoclonal antibody, the leukemia initiating cells were unable to survive.

Doctors have spent the past 2 decades developing a way to grow facial parts for plastic surgery purposes on wounded soldiers. By extracting a small amount of patient's own cartilage, grown around a titanium template and experienced an incubation period of two weeks the ear can then be surrounded by skin and transplanted onto the patient. Despite this experiment only being tested on rats to this day, the newly grown ear has been proven to remain in a healthy state for an extended amount of…

Doctors have spent the past 2 decades developing a way to grow facial parts for plastic surgery purposes on wounded soldiers. By extracting a small amount of patient's own cartilage, grown around a titanium template and experienced an incubation period of two weeks the ear can then be surrounded by skin and transplanted onto the patient. Despite this experiment only being tested on rats to this day, the newly grown ear has been proven to remain in a healthy state for an extended amount of…

The process of cloning has come attached with extreme controversy as scientists are being accused of "playing god". Most religious organisations strongly oppose cloning as they believe that once an embryo exists it must not be harmed in any way, intruding on the embryos only being used for the purpose of scientific research. Although there has been much debate over cloning, it's advancements have and will continue to save many lives future with the possibility to grow vital tissues and…

The process of cloning has come attached with extreme controversy as scientists are being accused of "playing god". Most religious organisations strongly oppose cloning as they believe that once an embryo exists it must not be harmed in any way, intruding on the embryos only being used for the purpose of scientific research. Although there has been much debate over cloning, it's advancements have and will continue to save many lives future with the possibility to grow vital tissues and…

Recently scientists have considered harvesting organs from modified cloned pigs to be used as transplants for humans. Pig organs are considered most suitable for transplantation as they are similar in size, enabling the process of reconnecting the blood vessels elementary. Organs within normal pigs are covered with sugar molecules that have been known to trigger rejection antigens in the human body, hence the need to produce pigs that lack the sugar producing gene for successful…

Recently scientists have considered harvesting organs from modified cloned pigs to be used as transplants for humans. Pig organs are considered most suitable for transplantation as they are similar in size, enabling the process of reconnecting the blood vessels elementary. Organs within normal pigs are covered with sugar molecules that have been known to trigger rejection antigens in the human body, hence the need to produce pigs that lack the sugar producing gene for successful…

'Dolly' the sheep was/is probably the most famous and remembered cloning related event in the field of science to date. Although the Dolly experienced numerous health issues throughout it's short life-span, an autopsy concluded she died of natural causes, however there is still much debate by society over the fact that her health issues may have been consequences resulting from being cloned. The success of the experiment created a greater understanding of the development of cells and…

'Dolly' the sheep was/is probably the most famous and remembered cloning related event in the field of science to date. Although the Dolly experienced numerous health issues throughout it's short life-span, an autopsy concluded she died of natural causes, however there is still much debate by society over the fact that her health issues may have been consequences resulting from being cloned. The success of the experiment created a greater understanding of the development of cells and…

Japanese scientists have been able to successfully clone a female mouse from a single drop of blood, obtained from the tail of a donor mouse. An important factor of this experiment was that the cloned female was able to produce offspring. Previously the mice were cloned using white blood cells from the liver. This experiment proved that by simply obtaining a drop of blood a successful clone is achievable although mice are seen to be one of the least complex animal, hence why they were…

Japanese scientists have been able to successfully clone a female mouse from a single drop of blood, obtained from the tail of a donor mouse. An important factor of this experiment was that the cloned female was able to produce offspring. Previously the mice were cloned using white blood cells from the liver. This experiment proved that by simply obtaining a drop of blood a successful clone is achievable although mice are seen to be one of the least complex animal, hence why they were…

The woolly mammoth roamed the Earth tens of thousands of years ago, so when Russian scientists found a well-preserved female mammoth carcass it arose the possibility of cloning the prehistoric animal whilst extracting it from the ice. The scientists on the expedition found blood still in liquid form within the stomach which was lined with preserved muscle tissue. Global warming is thought to be the instigator in thawing land in northern Russia, leading to numerous discoveries of mammoth…

The woolly mammoth roamed the Earth tens of thousands of years ago, so when Russian scientists found a well-preserved female mammoth carcass it arose the possibility of cloning the prehistoric animal whilst extracting it from the ice. The scientists on the expedition found blood still in liquid form within the stomach which was lined with preserved muscle tissue. Global warming is thought to be the instigator in thawing land in northern Russia, leading to numerous discoveries of mammoth…

For years scientists have explored the possibility of cloning human organs. Earlier this year a long-awaited breakthrough from a team from Oregon Health and Science University were able to successfully use a technique utilising human skin cells to create early stage cloned embryos. These embryo’s used as a source of stem cells could be used to fight Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, blindness and eventually creating specialised tissue cells leading to the creation of organs.

For years scientists have explored the possibility of cloning human organs. Earlier this year a long-awaited breakthrough from a team from Oregon Health and Science University were able to successfully use a technique utilising human skin cells to create early stage cloned embryos. These embryo’s used as a source of stem cells could be used to fight Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, blindness and eventually creating specialised tissue cells leading to the creation of organs.