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!