Skip to comments.Stem CElls: Promise and Promise
Posted on 10/15/2010 11:23:06 AM PDT by raptor22
Science: After decades of promises, the first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells has begun. Again, the success stories using adult stem cells are ignored as ideology, and profit, triumph over science.
The announcement by Geron Corp. on Monday that the first clinical trial using its embryonic stem cells to treat an actual human patient was under way sent its stock up 6.4%. Geron has the first FDA license to use embryonic stem cells to treat people, in this case a patient with a spinal cord injury.
We wish the patient well, but using stem cells to treat disease and injury is not new. It's in the area of adult stem cell research that new discoveries are being made every day. Hundreds of conditions and diseases are actually being treated using adult cells drawn from umbilical cord blood and other non-embryonic sources.
You wouldn't know this from the media or liberal politicians. They talk about "embryonic stem cells" or just "stem cells," but the phrase "adult stem cells" never crosses their lips.
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Pssst: It’s a cell. Get over it.
So were you once. Would you have preferred to have yourself turned into someone else’s body part?
personally I’d rather go the Heinlein route. Brainless clones grown and kept in cold storage incase I need a liver or lung or something.
Harvesting cells for a VERY worthy cause != abortion
It just isn’t.
It’s in the area of adult stem cell research that new discoveries are being made every day. Hundreds of conditions and diseases are actually being treated using adult cells drawn from umbilical cord blood and other non-embryonic sources.
Add to that most experiments with embryonic stem cells tended to go out of control. Tumors, instead of repairing damaged areas, have been the typical outcome.
Killing an embryonic human is abortion.
It just is.
“Pssst: Its a cell. Get over it”.
If it is harvested from a human skin cell or from the placenta I would agree. But if you put a fetus to death to harvest it then it is more than a cell. It is a sacrifice of a human life to provide a rather iffy chance that something good may come of it. The jury is still out on weather this treatment will bring anything useful.
Nobody is killing babies to harvest stem cells. That is hysterical blathering that really does nothing to support your point.
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