Adult Stem Cell Therapy Blog

The Truth About Stem Cells

Friday, May 12, 2006 - Stem Cell Guru

To round off the week I found a post from the 'The Hill Blog'. This blog is written by, and for, members of the US Congress and so contains posts on many subjects and topic matter. (Take a look and see what your lawmakers are saying to each other.)

In the post, added by New Jersey GOP Representative Chis Smith on 10 May, he provides readers with reasons why he supports research into adult stem cell treatments. Of course, the title 'The Truth About Stem Cells' is the truth as he, a pro-life supporter, sees it. But, regardless of his politics, it is good to see a member of the US Congress giving their support and backing to adult stem cell research and also helping to highlight medical advances and the wide range of diseases and disabilities which doctors are currently using adult stem cells to treat.

The Truth About Stem Cells

One might think that advances in adult and cord-blood stem cells would silence or at a minimum refocus those who insist that taxpayer dollars be used to subsidize the killing of human embryos. Strangely, the obsession to use federal taxpayer dollars for what could very well be a decades long process (where failure remains a strong possibility) remains.Despite many important advancements in adult and cord-blood stem cell research, media hype continues to focus on embryonic stem cells with little regard given to the fact that nearly 70 human clinical applications using adult stem cells have been published in peer reviewed journals.

In fact, I recently read about new developments in the adult stem cell field. In April, doctors at Wake Forest constructed new bladders for seven patients with bladder disease using the patients’ own stem cells. In March, British doctors reported treating five patients with liver failure with the patients own adult stem cells. Four of the five patients showed improvement and two regained near normal liver function. Late last year, Swedish researchers successfully used adult stem cells to generate functioning human brain cells, a procedure that may lead to treatments for spinal-cord injuries and neurological damage and diseases. International researchers also developed embryonic-like stem cells from umbilical-cord blood, a remarkable development that should end the practice of killing perfectly healthy human embryos to derive stem cells.

The misconception that the United States is falling behind or losing scientists because of the current embryonic stem cell policy is simply unsubstantiated. There is no statistical evidence that scientists are leaving the country due to the current policy.

In comparison to the progress achieved by researchers in adult and cord-blood stem cells, developments in the field of embryonic stem cells are disappointing. Despite years of research in animal embryonic stem cells and nearly eight years in the human-embryonic variety, research in embryonic stem cells have often resulted in failure and has a troubling tendency for these cells to form tumors. As experimental failures mount, predictions of eventual success have quietly changed from years to decades.


Post a Comment

<< Home

 Site Feed