The first was discovered by Dr. Mark Cregan that breast milk contains stem cells, is confident it will be for five years scientists will be able to collect to research treatment for conditions such as spinal cord injuries, diabetes and Parkinson's disease. But what makes this scientist from Perth's elated, is the promise that his discovery could be the beginning of many more exciting revelations about the mother's milk.
He believes that human milk not only meets nutritional needs of infants, but also includes key elements that guide his or her development into adulthood. "From the above we know that breast milk provides a child's nutritional needs, but are only beginning to understand how likely to have performed many other functions." He says. Cregan, a molecular biologist at the University of Western Australia.

He says that, basically, the mammary glands take over from the placenta to provide the development usmerivanja to ensure fulfillment of the baby's genetic destiny. "It is setting the perfect development of the child," he says and adds: "We already know that babies who are breast fed have an advantage in koficjentu intelligence and a range of other health benefits." Researchers also believe that the protective effects of breastfeeding continue well into adulthood.
"The problem is that many mothers milk as identical milk to solid foods, because if you look the same must be the same. But we know now that they are quite different and a lot of the effects of breast milk do not become apparent for decades. Companies that produce milk adapted developments led to the nutritional qualities as near as possible to human milk, but it can never provide the developmental guidance. "
It is the concern of others. Cregan to the health of infants was what led him to investigate the complex of cell components of human milk. "I watched the great complexity of the cell and thought about them so that nobody knows anything."
He had a hunch that if breast milk contains all these cells, surely it has their predecessors. His team cultured cells from human breast milk found a population that tested positive for the characteristic of stem cells. Further breakdown showed that groups of cells derived from multiple lineages with the potential to differentiate into multiple cell types. This means the cells could potentially be "reprogrammed" to form many types of human tissue.
He presented his research at the end of January before dvestotinak leading international experts at the International Conference of the Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation in Perth.
"We have shown these cells have all the physical characteristics of stem cells. What we will do next is to see if they behave like stem cells, "he says. Cregan. If so, they promise to provide researchers with an entirely ethical means of harvesting stem cells for research without the debate that has dogged the harvesting of stem cells from embryos ..
Further research on immune cells, which were also found in breast milk and which has already shown that the surviving child's digestive process, it could show the way for the development goals in winning certain viruses or bacteria.

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