Leprosy: Ancient disease able to regenerate organs

People once believed it was caused by demons.

I never imagined leprosy to be good for anything other than a slow, painful death. But I guess science found a way to use it after all. Despite the animals results. All these ideas remain untested, on humans.

Animal experiments have uncovered the bacteria’s remarkable ability to almost double the size of livers by stimulating healthy growth.

It is a sneakily selfish act that gives the bacteria more tissue to infect.

But working out how they do it could lead to new age-defying therapies, the scientists say.

‘Promising results’

The hope is the approach can be harnessed for repairing the livers of people waiting for a transplant – or even to reverse some of the damage caused by ageing elsewhere in the body.

“The dream is to use the same bacterial strategy, to use the ingenuity of bacteria to generate new medicines for regeneration and repair,” Prof Rambukkana said.

“If you can harness that, you should be able to turn that mechanism into a jab you have every three months or something.”

All these ideas remain untested, however.

Dr Darius Widera, of the University of Reading, said: “Overall, the results could pave the way for new therapeutic approaches to the treatment of liver diseases such as cirrhosis.

“However, as the research has been done using armadillos as model animals, it is unclear if and how these promising results can translate to the biology of the human liver.

“Moreover, as the bacteria used in this study are disease-causing, substantial refinement of the methods would be required prior to clinical translation.”


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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9 Responses to Leprosy: Ancient disease able to regenerate organs

  1. What a deep scientific angle to the cause and study of leprosy. Somehow there are so many disorders and diseases based on bacterial causes. Thanks so much for sharing this bit of information Alma about a disease I first learned about in the Bible. 🥰💖😍

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  3. Alisha says:

    It would be wonderful if it works. So in another word, they have to infect you with leprosy in order to heal you.

    On Sat, Nov 19, 2022 at 3:57 AM

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