View Full Version : The fountain of youth

06-13-2006, 06:00 PM
Ponce de Leon was a sort of quixotic figure. While his contemporaries were making heroic trips, questing for gold(read about them, it's amazing what Coronado et al did, all for gold) he was a dreamer, looking for a mythical spring that confered eternal youth. He was a real man, who had this very real obsession.

I find it kinda funny. Gold, eternal youth, they are pretty much the same quest. The eternal quest for the unquenchable.

Desoto made it to modern day Memphis. He walked and rode for four years! Died in the southern swamps of disease. Coronado made it to Kansas. All of it sixteenth century, very little reward, just hunger.

06-13-2006, 06:02 PM
I'm eating some little cinamon rolls from IKEA, and they are GOOD!

Osborne Russell
06-13-2006, 06:06 PM
Don't forget Cabeza de Vaca.

Paul Pless
06-13-2006, 07:13 PM
Gold, eternal youth, they are pretty much the same quest.

Not in those days, gold is what the European empires were built with.

Phillip Allen
06-13-2006, 07:20 PM
gold propped up Spain when they would never have gotten very far otherwise...think of the poor folks burned while building a stairway to Heaven...with their bones

06-13-2006, 10:04 PM
This might be the answer, if you can afford it!

ABC Online
Scientists help bodies grow new organs. 07/06/2006. ABC News Online

Breakthrough: Microsurgery is used to place the cells inside the body. [File photo] (ABC TV)

Scientists help bodies grow new organs

A team of scientists and surgeons at a Melbourne hospital has developed a method of growing new organs within a patient's body.

Previously, scientists had only been able to create two-dimensional constructions such as skin.

But researchers at the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital say have created three-dimensional cells.

The cells have been grown in a plastic chamber under the patients' skin.

"We have developed a special chamber and this is essentially an empty box into which we implant a blood vessel using microsurgery techniques," lead researcher Professor Wayne Morrison said.

"We let them grow according to the specific environment that we can create.

"Now currently we have been able to make breast tissue, fat, muscle, pancreas tissue that secretes insulin and we have also created thymus tissue, which may have an application in immunology."

Organ creation

Professor Morrison predicts the discovery will ultimately lead to the creation of human organs, including parts of the heart, using patients' own stem cells.

He says such a scenario would reduce the problem of immune rejection, which is often associated with organ transplants.

"This is really just an example of the potential of tissue engineering. This is growing tissues in the body," Professor Morrison said.

"It involves combining the expertise of biologists and chemical engineers, particularly where we mix cells and scaffolds together and implant them in the body where they grow and mature and develop into specific tissues."

The research team says it is expected to be about 10 years before the new method is used.