Back in March 2008, President Obama with agreement of party opposition leader at the time, John McCain were very critical of the Bush administration for its restrictions on embryonic stem cell research implying that it hinders the scientific process. Well in 2010, the hype about embryonic stem cells seems to have dimmed considerably since then because many researchers are following promising leads with adult stem cells…
“…Scientists identified a new growth factor that stimulates the expansion and regeneration of hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells in culture and in laboratory animals…Researchers believe that umbilical cord blood could serve as a universal source of stem cells for all patients who need a stem cell transplant, but the numbers of stem cells in cord blood units are limited, so there is a clinical need to develop a method to expand cord blood stem cells for transplantation purposes…Scientists at Duke University Medical Center -Science Daily
Imagine being able to grow a new finger, arm, or leg! News broke of a scientist from Columbia had become the first to grow “complex, full-size bone from human adult stem cells,” Wouldn’t it be fabulous for doctors to give their patients a new jaw? Currently reconstructive surgery consists of taking pieces of bone from the patient’s hip or leg to replace facial injuries.
This isn’t all, stem cells for regeneration are being studied in other animals like the Freshwater Polyp Hydra which has been under research for the last 300 years. Recently, it’s genome was mapped. Despite its small size and apparent simplicity, this creature is designed with a regeneration mechanism. Also, this little creature has as many genes as a human does, yet it can regrow parts and humans cannot! Dr. Robert Steele of UC Irvine said, “Having the Hydra genome sequenced also enhances our ability to use it to learn more about the basic biology of stem cells, which are showing great promise for new treatments for a host of injuries and diseases.”
What is embryonic stem cell research? None of the current stories that deal with stems cells has anything to do with ES research! No Mr. President, the Bush administration’s restrictions on ES were not hindering science rather stem cell research is going full steam ahead with adult stem cells and the only reason why the restrictions were lifted was strictly political, paying back those who helped him get into office. As for John McCain, it was a matter of trying to get more votes, he also was wrong while ignoring the progress of adult stem cell research!
Regeneration also holds a insight on biblical history. It is interesting to note that regeneration once existed with humans and mammals. The explanatory power of evolution “survival of the fittest” seems non-existant. For why would evolution lost such an advantage? From a biblical point of view, we know before the fall of Adam, there was no sickness, no death, animals were able to regenerate. Adam had a designed mechanism in his body that allowed for his regeneration. When the fall occurred as sin enter into the world, the function was lost.
Today, regeneration medicine is combating cumulative effects of millennia of decay – mutations, and a deteriorating environment as the result of sin. Also, genetic bottlenecks resulting from Noah’s Flood that could have squeezed out other health capabilities that may have existed in the first generations of people, before mutations accumulated and became fixed in the post-Flood era.
Now it’s highly unlikely if not impossible for science to make human immortals rather regeneration methods hold promising treatments to help benefit mankind!