As I sat and listened to Dr. Maranke Koster speak, yesterday and this morning, about the process of turning skin cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, I was beyond amazed… I was filled with hope. Hope… from a mouse.
If you had told me thirty years ago that I would one day look at a mouse with such awe, I would have laughed at you. Frankly, I’ve always thought mice were a little creepy… until now.
To think that IN MY LIFETIME they may develop a cure for skin erosion’s associated with AEC syndrome is beyond my wildest dreams. Quite honestly, I never thought I would see such research being done, much less hope for results, as the P63 related syndromes are so rare.
I can’t help but think of the skin erosion’s that my son gets on his scalp and feet, or of watching my niece learn to open a door by turning the door knob with the backs of her hands– because the palms of her hands were so eroded and painful that she couldn’t bare to put any pressure on them, and think… “one day.” And now “one day” could be just around the corner.
The thought of “one day” is what prompted me to lie still, yesterday, as a skin biopsy was harvested and placed into a test tube. I realize that the research that Dr. Koster and her colleagues is doing now may not provide any immediate benefit to me. But, it holds the promise of “One Day” for my son, and with that my future grandchildren.
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