"If it weren't for the penis, human life would have ended with Adam and Eve. It seems strange that something so important is so funny-looking. I'm an author and journalist. Sometimes I write about funny things. Some of those funny things are penises." --Michael N. Marcus
Thursday, January 29, 2015
SURPRISE: penis clippings are useful and valuable
Relax: photo shows fried calimari, not fried foreskins
Like embryonic stem cells, not all cells are fully "dedicated" or haven't fully developed their identifying proteins, meaning they haven't quite decided for good what they want to be when they grow up and therefore are much more versatile.This means that they can be used to help cultivate skin and skin byproducts (like collagen) with very little chance of rejection.
So with those foreskins, or more accurately, the fibroblasts from the cells of the foreskin, collagen can be lab-created, and where do you put collagen? On your face!Penis wrinkle cream, anyone?
Another use for foreskins is to createbio-skin grafts for burn victimsand ulcers and other large-area open wound sites.ApligrafandTransCyteare two well-known products that use embryonic or foreskin fibroblasts for creation of their bio-skin. One of the biggest risks for burn victims is entry of infection or stress to the body from the large open wound -- adding a temporary or even permanent real skin "band-aid" has shown amazing results in not only reducing complications and recovery time, but in even saving the lives of burn victims who otherwise had a very good likelihood of dying. It's used for open ulcers much in the same way, giving the body a live cell band-aid that it easily accepts.
A third use iscosmetic testing-- rather than using animals, a lot ofcompanies pay thousands of dollars for one foreskinto begin replicating to perform their cosmetic tests on. Not only does this give much more accurate results since it's human skin, but it saves the lives of normally tortured animals.
There's a lot of argument whether or not the whole promotion of benefits of circumcision, even proposed prophylatic benefits, is actually justa conspiracy to make moneyfrom the sales of foreskin. Arguments have also been made that that the foreskin should only be taken from still-birth infants, but again the arguments of "mutilation" and conspiracy of profit arise. But with all the amazing technology and lives saved and bodies healed from the unique cells a single foreskin can create, there's got to be a good common ground somewhere.