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Posted without comment: Stem Cell research – An Islamic perspective

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

“I have started posting some of the different religious views on the issue of stem cells so we can all have a better understanding of the debate over embryonic stem cell use.  The articles posted here do not reflect my opinions and are posted solely for the purposes of a global awareness, cultural edification and the dissemination of altering views and knowledge.”

-David

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Stem Cell Research: An Islamic Perspective

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi

Question:

What is the position of Shari’ah on stem cells research according to majority of our scholars? (Aamer Mahmoud)

It is claimed by the experts in the field that the research on stem cells has great potential to relieve human disease and suffering. If this is the case then it is not only allowed but it is obligatory (fard kifayah) to pursue this research.

The use of embryonic stem cells should be very heavily limited. Only allow isolation of stem cells from frozen embryos that were created for the purpose of in vitro fertilization and would otherwise have been destroyed. Obtain full consent from the donors. Provide safeguards against monetary compensation to embryo donors and against the creation of embryos in excess of what is required for in vitro fertilization.

Perhaps research using stem cells derived from adults will eventually prove to be most promising. We should encourage further research on the use of adult stem cells, to the point where it will be unnecessary to use embryos for this purpose. Specifically, we should find better ways to isolate existing stem cells in the human body.

via stem cell research: islamic perspective.

Stem cells, through a religious lens – The Harvard University Gazette

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

March 22, 2007

Omar Sultan Haque, a Muslim theologian at Harvard Medical School, said that Islam’s views on the subject of fetal viability and ‘ensoulment’ are still evolving. -Staff photo Kris Snibbe/Harvard News Office

Stem cells, through a religious lens

By Alvin Powell – Harvard News Office

Representatives of three of the world’s major religions tangled over the beginnings of human life, the disposal of surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization clinics, and the conduct of embryonic stem cell research Wednesday (March 14) at Harvard Divinity School.

Panelists at the event, representing Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, each briefly presented their faith’s teachings about the beginnings of human life and then embarked on a lively discussion about embryonic stem cell research.

via Stem cells, through a religious lens – The Harvard University Gazette.

Posted without comment: MUSLIM PERSPECTIVES ON STEM CELL RESEARCH AND CLONING

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm

MUSLIM PERSPECTIVES ON STEM CELL RESEARCH AND CLONING

Author: Al-Hayani, Fatima Agha1 -Source: Zygon, Volume 43, Number 4, December 2008 , pp. 783-795(13) -Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

Abstract:

In Islam, the acquisition of knowledge is a form of worship. But human achievement must be exercised in conformity with God’s will. Warnings against feelings of superiority often are coupled with the command to remain within the confines of God’s laws and limits. Because of the fear of arrogance and disregard of the balance created by God, any new knowledge or discovery must be applied with careful consideration to maintaining balance in the creation. Knowledge must be applied to ascertain equity and justice for all of humanity. Research in Islam must be linked to the broad ethical base set forth in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Whether embryonic stem cell research or cloning is ethically acceptable in Islam depends on the benefits derived from such applications. What is most important for the scholars is to adhere to the concepts of compassion, mercy, and benefit to everyone.

via IngentaConnect MUSLIM PERSPECTIVES ON STEM CELL RESEARCH AND CLONING.

UCLA Gets (Embryonic) Stem Cell Grant

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm
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UCLA Gets (Embryonic) Stem Cell Grant –February 9, 2009

The Broad Stem Cell Research Center at UCLA has been awarded nearly $4 million from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine to renew a grant to train young scientists to conduct stem cell research. The three-year grant will fund the training of 16 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and physicians conducting stem cell research each year…

via –http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news-UCLA-stem-cell-research-grant-020909.aspx?xmlmenuid=51

Brits Say Stem Cells May Make Heart Transplants Unnecessary « Bob’s NewHeart

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm
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“Heart disease patients in Britain could soon take part in a revolutionary stem cell surgery trial that could change the nature of heart surgery and ultimately end the need for transplants.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/4569971/Trials-for-revolutionary-stem-cell-surgery-in-UK-within-a-year.html That headline comes on the heels of President Obama’s promise to remove the ban from Government backed stem cell research here in the U.S.

The story by Caroline Gammell in the British publication, The Telegraph, seems to offer more than promise. If one could use their own stem cells to repair damaged organs it would be one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of all time. No long would there be a need for organ donors and sometimes risky transplant surgery. Also true is the fact that because a patient would use his or her own stem cells there would be no danger of rejection and therefore no need to take often toxic anti-rejection drugs that transplant patients must take for the rest of their lives. To quote from the story; “It is believed that British patents could take the pioneering treatment, in which a patient’s own cells are extracted and grown in a laboratory, in as little as a year. Scientists have worked out a technique where human bone marrow cells are turned into human heart stem cells and then injected into the heart. Laboratory grown heart stem cells were initially extensively tested on animals and trials on humans in Europe are due to start later this month (February 2009). “

via http://bobsnewheart.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/brits-say-stem-cells-may-make-heart-transplants-unnecessary/

THIS IS THE SAME PROCESS WHICH HAS BEEN USED IN GERMANY, THAILAND AND OTHER COUNTRIES FOR ALMOST A DECADE. -DG

IMHB: President Obama Will Soon Force Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO US PATIENTS NOW?

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm
OBAMA + BUSH DISCUSS STEM CELL FUNDING?

OBAMA + BUSH DISCUSS STEM CELL FUNDING?

President Obama Will Soon Force Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research -by Steven Ertelt -LifeNews.com Editor -February 16, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A top advisor to President Barack Obama confirmed again that the president will soon be issuing an executive order to lift the limits President Bush put in place on embryonic stem cell research. Bush protected taxpayers from being forced to fund research involving the destruction of human life.

via President Obama Will Soon Force Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

my personal opinion:

Recently, many people are asking me: “what does this mean for me? for my child with autism? for my mother with alzheimer’s?”

my personal opinion is that there may be opportunities for embryonic stem cell treatments opening up in the future in the US but they are going to be in the form of clinical trials.  clinical trials have very select criteria for inclusion and in many, 1/2 of the patients receive a placebo (double blind).  there will not be treatment centers anytime soon because of a few reasons.

1. too date, there is no FDA approval for the use of adult or embryonic stem cells in the US for treatment.

2. the US is a decade behind many other parts of the world in their stem cell research.

3. the pharma companies have expressed a desire to make drugs out of embryonic stem cells. they don’t seem interested at all in creating a process by which adult stem cells can be administered so your body can heal itself, as is the process in many other parts o fthe world.  the reason for this is, they can patent a drug, ensuring and locking in a market of patients and a steady income flow to fund the next clinical trials for the next drug in the pipeline which typically costs 250-500 million and takes 7-12 yrs to develop and even more to market and lobby. they can’t effectively patent a transplant process. someone will always put a new twist on it and compete with you.

so I guess the question you have to ask yourself is:

do you want your son’s/mother’s/aunt’s body to be given the resources it needs to heal itself for life now, with minimal to no side effects, in the form of adult stem cells, by going where they are available and have been proven to work for a long period of time…

or do you want to wait for an embryonic derived drug that is 10 years down the road (in a best case scenario) to 50 years down the road (as stated by many of the top embryonic scientists in the world) that will most likely have many side effects and the patient will have to be on for the rest of their life?

-IMHB (in my humble opinion)

David

US-POLITICS Summary – washingtonpost.com

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 3:20 am

Reuters -Monday, February 16, 2009; 2:01 AM

White House dampens stimulus expectations

WASHINGTON (Reuters)- President Barack Obama’s aides warned Americans on Sunday not to expect instant miracles from the $787 billion economic stimulus bill he will sign this week, but said it would help eventually. Obama is due to sign the bill passed last week by Congress in Denver on Tuesday. It was the first major legislative victory of his young presidency, which could rise or fall with its success or failure.

Obama to lift ban on stem cell research soon: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will soon issue an executive order lifting an eight-year ban embryonic stem cell research imposed by his predecessor, President George W. Bush, a senior adviser said on Sunday. “We’re going to be doing something on that soon, I think. The president is considering that right now,” Obama adviser David Axelrod said on “Fox News Sunday.”

via US-POLITICS Summary – washingtonpost.com.

TechTown starts global hunt for stem cell firms – Detroit Business News and Information – Crain’s Detroit Business

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 16, 2009 at 3:18 am

Director to visit Europe, Mideast -By Tom Henderson

Randal Charlton, executive director of TechTown, will hit the ground running this week as he tries to lure stem cell researchers and companies from around the world to establish a presence in the Stem Cell Commercialization Center that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano announced in his State of the County speech last Thursday.

The center, which will be housed in TechTown’s Tech One building on Burroughs Street just north of Wayne State University, is an outgrowth of the passage of Proposal 2 by Michigan voters last November. The proposal allows embryonic stem cell research in the state.

President Barack Obama’s efforts to end former President George W. Bush’s restrictions on the number of stem cell lines could be supported by increased federal funding through the economic stimulus package.

via TechTown starts global hunt for stem cell firms – Detroit Business News and Information – Crain’s Detroit Business.

QOTD: THIS IS THE DAY YOUR LIFE REALLY BEGINS…

In ALL ARTICLES, QUOTE OF THE DAY on February 16, 2009 at 3:07 am

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and U alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad

“STEM CELLS SUCCESSFULLY TREAT PATIENTS” SAYS CONGRESSIONAL DESK!

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 16, 2009 at 2:34 am

“Today, considerable progress has been made in adult stem cell research, including the successful use of stem cells derived from human skin cells, wisdom teeth, and umbilical cord blood. These cells have been used to successfully treat patients who had suffered from Type 1 Diabetes, Leukemia and other forms of cancer, Parkinson´s Disease, Alzheimer´s, and heart diseases, while maintaining ethical standards.”

Congressional Desk -February 15, 2009

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), along with Congressman Daniel Lipinski (IL-03), today announced that they have reintroduced the Patients First Act, H.R. 877, in the 111th Congress. The bill would intensify research and human clinical trials using stem cells that are ethically obtained and that show evidence of providing near-term clinical benefit for human patients. Additionally, the legislation would promote the creation of pluripotent stem cell lines without the creation, destruction, or discarding of human embryos.

“Even just in recent weeks, we have seen the debate over stem cell research become increasingly more divisive. However, when human lives are at stake, divisiveness is not a luxury we can afford. Advancing scientific development and protecting life do not have to be opposing forces. The Patients First Act allows us to put the political debate aside, unlock the potential in adult stem cell research, and focus on the common goal on both sides of the stem cell debate – curing and treating patients,” said Forbes.

“The Patients First Act offers hope for millions of Americans,” said Lipinski. “This bill bridges the political divide by focusing our energies on the common goal of finding cures for diseases like diabetes, and it does so without having to choose between advancing medicine and contentious life issues. As someone who has lived with juvenile diabetes for almost twenty years, I am proud to once again help introduce this important legislation.”

Today, considerable progress has been made in adult stem cell research, including the successful use of stem cells derived from human skin cells, wisdom teeth, and umbilical cord blood. These cells have been used to successfully treat patients who had suffered from Type 1 Diabetes, Leukemia and other forms of cancer, Parkinson´s Disease, Alzheimer´s, and heart diseases, while maintaining ethical standards.

The Patients First Act would specifically:

Promote the creation of pluripotent stem cell lines without the creation, destruction and discarding of, or risk of injury to human embryos;

Intensify stem cell research that may result in an improved understanding of, or treatment for, diseases and other adverse health conditions;

Promote research and human clinical trials using stem cells that are ethically obtained and show evidence of providing clinical benefit for human patients; and,

Direct the National Institutes of Health to prioritize stem cell research that has the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefits, by directing both basic and clinical research towards what is currently showing benefits in treating patients now.

The Patients First Act was originally introduced in the 110th Congress as H.R. 2807. The bill currently has 13 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce where it awaits further action.

via American Chronicle | Forbes, Lipinski Reintroduce Bipartisan Stem Cell Bill.

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