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Great work being done with adult stem cells : Everybody’s Column : The Buffalo News

Posted May 09 2010 12:00am

Indeed! Well articulated Dr Yates! -dg

Great work being done with adult stem cells

Updated: May 24, 2010, 6:53 am /Published: May 24, 2010, 12:30 am

Kudos to The Buffalo News in reporting the recent advances in adult stem cell research being done at the University of Miami. Adult stem cells are infused around a damaged heart or an injured spinal cord with documented improvement to the damaged tissue.

Consider a woman’s trachea being rebuilt using her own adult stem cells, subsequently replacing her damaged one. In 2009, a team of American and Brazilian researchers used the adult stem cells from patients with type 1 diabetes and were successful in managing the diabetes for several years without the need of insulin injections. Similar studies are presently under way at two domestic research centers.

The ethical reality of using adult stem cells is that there is no destruction of a human embryo, coupled with the medical benefit that there is minimal risk of rejection because the person receiving treatment is using the adult stem cells from her own body (bone marrow, fatty tissue and other organs).

Let us hope that the media will be as quick to publish authentic scientific medical information regarding adult stem cells as it was in promoting the hyperbole of the unrealized hope of the embryonic stem cell.

Ferdinand D. Yates Jr., M. D.

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