My people use every part of the buffalo

Thanks, or perhaps no thanks, to Attila at Partial Immortalization, we learn of this heretofore unimagined use for Aunt Flo‘s special gifts: as a source of bankable stem cells (sort of).

Deep breath. “The human body is beautiful. There’s nothing gross about the human body.” Keep repeating that until you really mean it.

Still, though: Opening those packages has to be up there among the worst jobs in science.



  1. Thanks, or perhaps no thanks for the brief and opinionated mention. For me, the idea of collecting and storing probably valuable cells for uncertain but positive purposes later is an attracting concept. I interpret these attempts as forms of recycling and recycling is environmental. And Chris: aiming healthy life extension on the one side, and being too squeamish on the other side seems a bit… ineffective.

    I put aside the commercial side of C’elle in my account on it (which was highlighted at PZ Myers’ post). Making profit and finding successful business models for biotech companies looking for early “stem cell” and regmed products is essential even if some products will be proved fake ones later. It will be the responsibility of those companies and their scientific advisory board.

  2. Very good points, all of them.

    I substantively agree with you on all the actual issues here, and in case it wasn’t clear, I’m very glad that you covered the story. I also think it’s great that C’elle is casting such a wide net: From the look of their marketing materials, it’s clear that they’re appealing to a population that isn’t inside the “traditional” life extension community.

    As for squeamishness: I’ll probably never be able to see an opportunity for a juvenile joke (especially one involving body fluids) and just walk by without comment, but your point is still very well taken. If this is what it takes, then it’s worth it.

    Heck, it makes me wish I could menstruate. 🙂

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