Adult Stem Cell Research Reaching New Highs

Remember back in 2006, President Bush for the first time used his veto power on bill that would have  loosened the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research?  House Republican leaders broke ranks and attempted to override the President’s veto but fell short.

Remember how anyone opposed to ES research were portrayed as uncaring, and unloving which hindered the progress of science that would have found possible cures for certain diseases? Do you remember the tear-jerking commercials by Hollywood celebrities suggesting that only embryonic stem cells provided hope for cures to Parkinson’s and other crippling diseases?

Finally in 2009, Democrats with some Republicans and liberal scientists got what they wanted from Obama and the funding restriction was lifted.  So whatever happened to the rush for embryonic stem cell therapies once the restrictions for funding were lifted by President Obama? Induced pluripotent stem cells has practically replaced the need for embryonic stem cells.

Did you know embryonic stem cells have yet to produce one treatment? Adult stem cell research has been showing remarkable progress and was voted as the number one breakthrough in science for 2009! The bulk of the funding is now being channeled in this particular area of research which would make a lot of sense.

The first break through for 2010 was conducted with using stem cells from a unbilical cord in treating leukemia, it was deemed the first success story by science daily

“In a study published in the Jan.17 edition of Nature Medicine, Colleen Delaney, M.D., and colleagues describe the first use of a method to vastly expand the number of stem/progenitor cells from a unit of cord blood in the laboratory that were then infused into patients resulting in successful and rapid engraftment.”

“Despite the numbers disadvantage, cord blood is a promising source of stem cells to replace diseased blood and immune systems in stem cell transplantation because the donated cells don’t need to be perfectly matched to the patient.”

“The lack of a suitable match is why about 30 percent of patients overall who need a stem cell transplant to treat cancers such as leukemia can’t find suitable donors. Among racial-minority patients the number who cannot find suitable donors is about 95 percent.”

This is absolutely great news! It goes to show how Hollywood and liberal scientists made this issue concerning ES research while making promises that had no idea what they were talking about plus they were neglecting other alternatives in stem cell research which made it very political because it was against the Bible and conservative Christians. It’s quite possible, that adult stem cell research could be once again the breakthrough in science for 2010!

1 thought on “Adult Stem Cell Research Reaching New Highs

  1. No scientist would rather use embryonic stem cells if adult stem cells are available. To the extent that adult cells can be coaxed into stem status, they offer numerous advantages—chiefly, compatibility with each patient’s genome.

    On the other hand, no one would ever have known that totipotent adult stem cells–or umbilical cells–could even exist, without the prior research on embryonic stem cells. No one would have known that adult cells could be induced to regress to stem cells without comparing the genetic processes of embryonic cells. Even today, embryonic cells are needed at least in an ancillary role as standards against which to measure the potency of adult stem cells.

    Michael’s source: “So whatever happened to the rush for embryonic stem cell therapies once the restrictions for funding were lifted by President Obama? Induced pluripotent stem cells has practically replaced the need for embryonic stem cells.”

    By the time restrictions were loosened in the US, researchers in Korea, China, and Singapore had already done enough on embryonic cells to allow others to start working on adult stem cells. Doesn’t it make you feel good that you have not only delayed the introduction of stem cell therapies,[1] but pushed most of the significant research offshore? I had thought that you were agianst shipping jobs overseas.[2]

    We might compare embryonic stem research to the starter of a gasoline engine. Once the engine has kicked over, the starter is just so much dead weight the car must haul around. Yet, without it, the car itself would remain dead weight in the driveway. Would you look back and say the engine should have been designed without a starter? Makes about as much sense as maligning embryonic stem cells with your legally blind hindsight.

    Of course, one must remember not only Michael’s anti-science outlook, but also his utter ignorance of the subject matter.

    So, Michael, another pop quiz. About how many genes distinguish an adult stem cell from other adult human cells? Ballpark estimate is okay. We’re not aiming for specific bits of technical information here, we’re looking for whether you have any idea what is rersonable and what is not.

    If you can’t answer this basic question, then you have as much authority to discuss stem-cell research as my auto mechanic has to discuss cosmic microwave background radiation.

    [1] In your rush to vilify embryonic research, it is relevant that the three most significant cases of scientific fraud in the past 20 years all involved false claims about adult stem cells: Hwang Woo-suk, Catherine Verfaille, and Jizhen Lin.

    [2] What’s worse is shipping know-how overseas. Why don’t you try shipping some of your ignorance to China and India instead?

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