Is The Stem Cell Debate Over?

Harvesting embryonic cells for research had sparked a debate with the pro-life movement. Not with the research itself but how the stem cells were obtained. Years ago, I can remember some friends of mine who were highly critical of George W. Bush for withdrawing funding for the research along with celebrities like Michael J Fox who had Parkinson’s disease. All of which was found to be a non-issue with the discovery in 2007 when scientists were able to reprogram adult stem cells back to their embryonic state.

In the last few years, there hasn’t been much news about stem cell research in general. Here are a few new developments in the field… Wildfires have been raging in California, fighting fires like these often times result in injuries. Canadian researchers have devised a way to grow stem cells from the burnt victims own skin in order to increase the recovery time.

From Medical Xpress

“Until now, almost nobody thought of looking for viable cells in the burned skin itself, which is normally considered medical waste. When the U of T researchers began looking in the first pieces of discarded skin, they hoped to find even one living cell. They were exhilarated by the discovery of thousands of cells – in some cases up to one million cells.”

“Much faster healing would be a major step forward.”

Not only would faster healing be a tremendous accomplishment but also limit the rejection rate. Prior to this proposed research, stem cells used in this type of treatment came from other people’s bodies. The rejection rate is very high for the patients who obtained this type of treatment which is something critics of the pro-life movement failed to take into an account.

Who would have thought to use burned skin? Practically nobody but these Canadian researchers decided to think outside the box and will put into practice next year as they test their new theory! This is great research hopefully they will get good results!

The debate over harvesting embryonic cells for research isn’t quite dead, despite the fact that stem cells can be used from a patient’s own body whether that be reprogramed stem cells or adult stem cells, in general, which produces a much greater success for recovery. Some Scientists are trying to be a little sneaky about using embryonic cells which are considered to be human. They changed the term to “hES” cells rather than calling it “human embryonic stem cells”., Of course, there is an ethical issue with their experiment so even though they admit as much, they still try and hide it. So if are a patient of this research, be aware of the terms used so you know what you are getting because it’s not only your life (because your immune system can perceive them as “foreign,” and reject them) but someone else’s life too.

Scientists do not have to be sneaky, in fact, it’s unethical to be that sneaky! They can use better alternatives like the Canadian researchers are planning on doing next year. Another indication that the debate is not over is the fact that there is a rising popularity with cloning. By cloning the person, embryonic cells would have a much better chance of being accepted by the patient’s body. However, when Human Embryonic cells were injected into mice, the mice got tumors which were cancerous. There is no margin for error, if just one cell doesn’t reproduce the right way, it would mean death for the patient. So the treatment may someday cure someone with one disease but then kill them with another.

Reprogrammed cells have not eliminated the cancer threat. If scientists can reprogram adult stem cells without altering the DNA which may reduce the risk of cancer, you might see the pro-life movement and those against it on the same side on this issue!

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!

Stem Cell Research Remains Controversial And Promising

Obama’s unbiblical executive order doesn’t  not specify the source of the embryos which means scientists are free to work on any embryos including  human embryos created solely for research purposes.

Even with the restrictions lifted, it remains a political battle ground on ethics so the distinction is not normally labeled properly by proponents of ES instead, they refer to it as just “stem cell” research. Science labels it like something out of the occult, “The Enlightenment Returns.”

On the flip side, adult stem cells continues it’s rampage in progress. Science Daily reports…

“Preliminary data presented on March 28 as a late-breaking abstract at the American College of Cardiology’s 58th annual scientific session from the largest CD34+ adult stem cell study for heart disease has shown the first evidence that delivering a potent form of autologous (from the patient) adult stem cells into the heart muscle of patients with severe angina may result in less pain and improved exercise tolerance.”

More treatments include, progress in adult stem cells concerning diabetics as reported in PhysOrg…

“Hess drew human bone marrow and simultaneously isolated three different types of stem cells that co-ordinate together to form new blood vessels. These are called pro-angiogenic stem cells. They were purified to remove any inflammatory or contaminated cells, and then injected into the circulation of mice which had one of their leg arteries ligated and removed.”

“The researchers showed how these stem cells have a natural ability to hone in on the area of ischemia to induce blood vessel repair and improve blood flow. Hess says this research is clinically-applicable because they studied the function of human stem cells in immune-deficient mice.”

“The preclinical data from Hess’ research was used by a biopharmaceutical company, Aldagen to receive FDA approval for a multi-center clinical trial now underway in Houston, Texas, involving 21 patients with end-stage peripheral artery disease.”

Many scientific organizations are liberal, they reject ethics and mislead the public by not making the distinctions with their labeling between adult stem cells and ES. Obama didn’t restore science. Bush allowed more ES research than Clinton did. This is all highly political with no morality with these organizations who should be demanding more money for adult stem cell research as well as praising the remarkable progress in this area.

Obama’s Policy Shift: Lifting The Ban On Embryonic Stem Cells

I can remember a friend of mine who’s husband was sick and his condition was getting progressively worse. As we were voice chatting over the internet with a group of other friends, while talking about her husband (which is also a friend of mind) she got extremely angry at Bush who was the President at the time. In her emotional state,  I can understand her desire for wanting her husband to get better and adult stem cell research at that time hadn’t taken off yet but there was a lot of hype about ES in the media and as a result, she lashed out at Bush for banning Embryonic Stem Cell research. What she didn’t know or may have forgotten, Bush was just reaffirming the old Clinton policy of not using taxpayer dollars for the research, but as for the ES research itself, it wasn’t banned at all.

“James Thompson, the stem cell pioneer from the University of Wisconsin who was the first to grow human embryonic stem cells in 1998, is an independent codiscoverer of iPS cells along with Japanese scientists. Already these reprogrammed cells have eclipsed the value of those harvested from embryos, he has said, because of significantly lower cost, ease of production, and genetic identity with the patient. They also bring unique application to medical and pharmaceutical research, because cells cultivated from patients with certain diseases readily become laboratory models for developing and testing therapy. That iPS cells overcome ethical concerns about creating and sacrificing embryos is an added plus.” -USN

Indeed, there are ethical concerns but not all ES collections involving the killing of an embryo (a human being) but there is so much more promise and progress with adult stem cells. Recently, science daily reported another breakthrough with adult stem cells that will help treat Muscular Dystrophy in the future.

“The research team, which is based at UNSW and formerly from Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital, adapted a technique currently being trialled in bone marrow transplantation. Adult stem cells are given a gene that makes them resistant to chemotherapy, which is used to clean out damaged cells and allow the new stem cells to take hold.”

Not only is adult stem cells showing promise in the area of  Muscular Dystrophy but there are new and safer ways being developed in reprogramming these important cells of the body. Also the discovery of new methods in creating stems cell could lead to to vital treatments and possible cures for fatal or very disabling diseases…“This new method of generating stem cells does not require embryos as starting points and could be used to generate cells from many adult tissues such as a patient’s own skin cells.”

Maintaining the behavior of adult stem cells acting as though there were still in the embryonic stage (iPS cells) is a very critical piece for treating such things as Parkinson’s disease. Scientists have shown progress in this area…

“Until this point, it was not completely clear that when you take out the reprogramming genes from human cells, the reprogrammed cells would actually maintain the iPS state and be self-perpetuating,” says Frank Soldner, a postdoctoral researcher in Whitehead Member Rudolf Jaenisch’s laboratory and co-author of the article.”

One of the major advantages of using adult stem cells, it eliminates the threat of the body rejecting the cells. In any transplant there is a risk of rejection, but if one is able to create stem cells from the patient, it will certainly hold more promise and have a greater success in treating patients than using stems cells from another person.

How many treatments as adult stem cell research produced? The results speak for themselves, the answer is 74 different treatments for various diseases. On the other hand, how many treatments has embryonic stem cell research produced? The answer is; none. Yep, you got it, not one single treatment. This is not to say, it’s going to be a cure all for everything. There might be some problems down the road, but my point is this, there is more promise with this new technology than with embryonic stem cell research, and it avoids the ethical issue of killing an unborn person.

Obama’s policy shift from two previous Presidents (Clinton and Bush) is hailed by the liberal establishment as restoring “scientific integrity.” And what many do not know, the shift in policy lifts mandated funding for adult stem cell research! This means there is a cut in funding for adult stem cell as the well could dry up in some areas in this research. When the government is not mandated it becomes selective, and depending on who is in office, the funding changes.

Is scientific integrity for a doctor who had to leave the US because he could not get the funding needed for his adult stem cell research for spinal cord injuries? Is reducing funding for heart patients using adult stem cells “scientific integrity?”

“One of his congestive heart failure patients was Dr. Howard Lindeman, a heart attack victim who says he has been given a new life- “I had the procedure done and since then, I’ve just been getting better and better and better. I’m going to be 58-years-old in May and I’m on my way to being 35 again,” he said.”

Here is another success story about those who heart problems being treated in other countries while the United States has been behind in this area due to all the regulations the treatment has to go through before being approved which takes years.


There is an astounding number of success stories about adult stem cell research, that I’m unable to list them all on this page with any great detail but it’s absolutely amazing in such a short period of time, the progress being made with adult stem cells.

Is it scientific integrity to reduce funding for 74 or more promising treatments? The Obama shift in policy in stem cell research is not about getting people better treatments for various diseases but only what is politically correct in the liberal part of the scientific establishment who not only helped him get into office, but are  just so bent on rebelling against God!