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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, November 21, 2005

Science is there for you

Soon there will be an FDA approved libido enhancing nasal spray, or as its makers like to call it: the first real, honest-to-God, horny-making, body-shaking, equal-opportunity aphrodisiac. Seriously. Plain as it is, however, there is one thing that distinguishes PT-141 from the 4,000 years’ worth of recorded medicinal aphrodisiacs that precede it: It actually works. And it’s coming to a medicine cabinet near you. The drug will soon enter Phase 3 clinical trials, the final round of testing before it goes to the Food and Drug Administration for review, and with the FDA’s approval it could reach the market in as soon as three years. The full range of possible risks and side effects has yet to be determined, but already this much is known: Putting that inhaler up your nose and popping off a dose of PT-141 results, in most cases, in a stirring in the loins in as few as fifteen minutes. Women, according to one set of results, feel “genital warmth, tingling and throbbing,” not to mention “a strong desire to have sex.” Among men, who’ve been tested with the drug more extensively, the data set is, shall we say, richer. The Good news doesn't stop there. Bald? Scientists are now working on helping you clone your hair. In England, meanwhile, a company called Intercytex has just begun human studies of an approach sometimes called hair cloning. It focuses on a particular kind of cell, found at the base of the follicle, that can team up with skin cells to produce new follicles. Here's the idea: Extract some cells from the areas of a man's head that resist balding, put them in a lab dish and expand their numbers by thousands of times. Then inject these new cells back into the scalp, where they'll work with skin cells to form new follicles. So, unlike transplants, the guy actually ends up with more hairs than he started with. The company has recently tested this on seven men with thinning hair due to male pattern baldness, and five of them gained hair, says Intercytex chief scientific officer Paul Kemp. This was just an initial study to look for side effects like inflammation, Kemp says, and no such problems appeared. So now you can regain your hair and libido. Congratulations. Add Viagra to the mix and science is helping make midlife crisis your own personal bitch. Life is good. In other news, there is still no cure for Aids, Lukemia, Herpes, M.S. or Alzheimers. Sigh...


At 11/21/2005 08:30:00 AM, Blogger Scorekeeper said...

It is kind of cool but of course your last sentence is true. It's also true that if the spray and hair regeneration work they'll make a lot more money for the companies.

Bill Mahr basically said the same thing before.

At 11/21/2005 09:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do these stories interest you so much, Sand Man? Do you have receding hairlines and suffer from erectile dysfunction?


At 11/21/2005 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God. Hair is so sexy. Shallow as it is, I won't date bald, or balding, or even thinning guys because I love hair. Love to run fingers through it during ...use your imagination. :)

At 11/21/2005 11:38:00 AM, Blogger Apesnake said...

Just don't get the two treatments confused and end up with really hairy nostrils.

I would like to use the cloned hair thing all over my body and become a big sasquatch. Then I would use the nasal spray. But maybe I did not need to share that.

Anonymous, your preference does not seem shallow to me. Have you ever thought of taking it to an extreme?

Wookie power!

At 11/21/2005 12:32:00 PM, Blogger Scorekeeper said...

Anon I -
Maybe it's because all guys think about is their virility and sex.
But it's not like woman do though. They don't spend hours on makeup and shaving and millions on plastic surgery, lol.

And Anon remember that from the backwards Middle East to the West the 1 thing that is the most important is the virulity and sexulaness of the male... lol! Some things every society from any time have in common.

At 11/21/2005 12:34:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

If humankind doesn't destroy itself first or become enslaved by Islam, one day you will be able to alter your mood and your mind as easily as you are able now to get rid of that nagging headache.

That scares me.

Papa Ray
West Texas


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