On March 9, 2009, President Obama lifted the ban that was in place for 8 years concerning embryonic stem cell research and called it “an important step in advancing the cause of science in America…And we will aim for America to lead the world in the discoveries it one day may yield.” Many liberals claimed, “you are against science or stem cell research” if are against destroying an embryo (human being) which is claim when one is against evolution.
But all their claims are far from the truth and has to do with grant money and power than with science and new treatments. A male patient had a broken ankle that refused to heal after many surgeries. Dr. Thomas Einhorn who was his doctor decided to try something different which came from a study from France. He basically drew bone marrow from the man’s pelvic bone with a needle, made it smaller to the size of about four teaspoons that looked like red liquid, and injected that into his ankle. Four months later the ankle healed!
Because of the ban, more focus had been on adult stem research and as a result, there have many innovative therapies coming from doctors all over the world, leaving embryonic stem cell research in the dust. Has President Obama praised such research? After all, he is supposed to be for science, right or was he just paying back those who got him into office?
Amazing, researchers have been able to create beating hearts, ears and bladders using adult stem cells. Biotech companies and the Pentagon have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in research that could profoundly change millions of lives! Apart from these efforts, transplants of adult stem cells have become a standard lifesaving therapy for perhaps hundreds of thousands of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood diseases.
This was a promised for various treatments focusing on embryonic stem cells, which were first isolated and grown in a lab dish in 1998. Controversy arisen of course because we are dealing with human beings so former President George W. Bush allowed only restricted federal funding for studying them.
Could adult stem cell research have another breakthrough year? It’s possible but it has a ways to go in terms of treatments and one must watch out for the hype on unproven treatments. But one thing is for certain, the future for regenerative medicine is in adult stem cell research!