Breaking News: Stem Cell Research

Adult stem cell research is providing opportunities to treat people with a various  diseases and conditions.  In 2010, a man’s ankle refused to heal so the doctor took  bone marrow from the man’s pelvic bone with a needle, condensed it to about four teaspoons of rich red liquid, and injected that into his ankle. Four months later, the ankle was healed!

Since 2000, there has been great controversy over stem cell research namely embryonic stem cells which is mainly left-wing  ideology that blamed former President Bush for denying treatments rather than where the science goes. Embryonic stem cells are taken from a developing embryo at the blastocyst stage, destroying the embryo, a developing human life.

Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are found in all tissues of the growing human being and, according to latest reports, also have the potential to transform themselves into practically all other cell types, or revert to being stem cells with greater reproductive capacity.  Here is some of the latest research concerning stem cells…

How often have you donated or seen money raised for muscular dystrophy? Has there been any progress recently? Well yes there has been!

In phys.org…

“The research, published today in Cell Stem Cell, outlines the strategy for the development of a rapidly dividing population of skeletal myogenic progenitor cells (muscle-forming cells) derived from induced pluripotent (iPS) cells. iPS cells have all of the potential of embryonic stem (ES) cells, but are derived by reprogramming skin cells. They can be patient-specific, which renders them unlikely to be rejected, and do not involve the destruction of embryos.”

“Upon transplantation into mice suffering from muscular dystrophy, human skeletal myogenic progenitor cells provided both extensive and long-term muscle regeneration which resulted in improved muscle function,” the article said.

In North Carolina  School of Medicine, they had discovered that embryonic stem cells will commit suicide rather than risk DNA damage! Bax is a protein that is responsible for causing cell death.

In phys.org…

“Of all the important things our bodies’ cells do, staying alive is clearly key. But a cell’s ability to die when something goes wrong is equally critical. For example, a faulty self-destruct button is one factor that allows cancer cells to proliferate unchecked and cause tumors.”

“Deshmukh and his colleagues discovered stem cells are extremely sensitive to DNA damage, which can be caused by factors like chemicals, radiation or viruses. The experiment showed that virtually 100 percent of human embryonic stem cells treated with a DNA-damaging drug killed themselves within 5 hours, as compared to 24 hours for other types of cells.”

There had been concerned over iPS stem cells but techniques for inducing pluripotent stem cells from tissues (iPS) continue to improve.

“Our results show that human iPS cells accrue genetic changes at about the same rate as any replicating cells, which we don’t feel is a cause for concern,” says Linzhao Cheng, Ph.D., a professor of medicine and oncology, and a member of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering.

“Each time a cell divides, it has the chance to make errors and incorporate new genetic changes in its DNA, Cheng explains. Some genetic changes can be harmless, but others can lead to changes in cell behavior that may lead to disease and, in the worst case, to cancer.”

Great research continues to progress with adult stem cells, the craziness of promoting ES back in 2000 to the present day were wrong.  If If iPS cells or other adult stem cells do better with fewer problems and no moral concerns, why is there a dispute?

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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!