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Posted Nov 11 2010 6:12pm

I have a few issues with this article:

“…to succeed in turning the cells into usable treatments.”

  • Adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells [ESC], already treat patients safely + effectively [for over half a decade]+ can grow organs for transplant.

“…significant paradigm-shifting advances in the history of medical science…”

  • ESC form cysts/tumors at the site of injection + require immunosuppressive drugs. At this point, you would have to cure cancer first to use them safely…but that WOULD be a significant paradigm shift.

“…the unique potential to differentiate into any human cell type…[pluripotent]“

  • ESC are NOT unique. There are pluripotent ADULT stem cells.

“…research is translated into treatments + cures.”

  • Scientists are going to research ESC + push the envelop of our knowledge + understanding. They will do so amidst controversy + debate, but it will happen. And it may produce wondrous things…BUT…just don’t try to sell their funding + research as a medical nuclear bomb for TREATMENTS.

That bomb already hit + has positively affected 10′s of thousands of patients around the world. That bomb is ADULT stem cells.

(Funny thing is, they posted my comment above on the article for all of 5 minutes then snatched it down. I guess someone was not happy with what I wrote….and I do try to be so polite on these things. afraid of the truth much? pathetic!)

Scientists to Congress: Pass the stem cell law … while you still can
Supporters of stem cell research want the law passed while  Democrats still have a majority.Supporters of the stem cell research bill want a vote while Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, still have majorities in both houses of Congress. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press
By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times6:22 p.m. CDT, November 5, 2010 //

The people who bring you advances in medical research have an urgent message for Congress: Pass the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act … while you still can.

In a letter sent Friday to the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the deans of American medical schools, chief executives of U.S. hospitals and heads of organizations with names like the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Society of Human Genetics said that federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research “is essential” if scientists are to succeed in turning the cells into usable treatments.

“The therapeutic potential of human embryonic stem cells is remarkable and could well prove to be one of the most significant paradigm-shifting advances in the history of medical science,” they wrote. “These cells have the unique potential to differentiate into any human cell type and offer real hope of life-affirming treatments for diabetes, damaged heart tissue, arthritis, Parkinson’s, ALS and spinal cord injuries, to name but a few examples.”

The law would reiterate that no federal money can be used to destroy embryos or create cell lines. One of the pluses of passage is that it would ensure that the controversial research be conducted according to strict ethical rules.

The bill has been passed twice before by bipartisan Congresses, though in both cases it was vetoed by then-President George W. Bush. The imperative to pass it in this congressional session was thought to have diminished after President Obama broadened the scope of federal support for stem cell research though an executive order. Then the surprise decision by a U.S. district judge to halt federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research (which was temporarily reversed) underscored the need for congressional action.

And if that’s going to happen, there’s no time like the present.

The scientists don’t say so explicitly, but they must be thinking that their chances will be worse come January, when majority control of the House shifts to the Republicans. Here’s what they did say:

“We urge you to put this legislation on the floor calendar and pass it when Congress returns in November to help ensure the potential of this research is translated into treatments and cures.”


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