Can anyone tell me what the current progress is – or otherwise - vis-à-vis the Newcastle/Keele/Aberdeen stem cell research? How is it reported in both the professional (which journals are papers published etc) and public theatres? Some of my questions are quite simple: how is this work (and the results) co-ordinated and progress assessed? Are budgetary limitations affecting the progress of the work? Are the research teams looking for that ‘eureka’ moment – or is it simply a long deductive/experimental process? What length of time constant is associated with this research reaching the public domain? I am aware that cartilage can be converted to bone. Does reciprocity apply to this reaction? Is there any scientific evidence that cartilage can be 'regrown'?
Like many on this forum, I have no cartilage left in hips (due to osteoarthritis) and have been informed by an orthopaedic surgeon that hip replacement is the only course of action. I accept this, but the issue that shocked me slightly was the orthopaedic surgeon’s (age – at a guess early 40’s) lack of interest in the causes and true nature of osteoarthritis. He couldn’t answer any of my scientific related questions, especially in relation to stem cell growth. I wish there was some conduit by which ordinary members of the public could ask scientifically orientated questions in relation to osteoarthritis.