FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EMBRYONIC RESEARCH…SO WHAT?
Embryonic Stem Cells come from embryos and have 1 goal only. They split + split through cell mitosis for 7 weeks until there is a fetus the size of a thumbnail. When they are manipulated to be used for treatment, they often revert back to their original goal. This means that they will start splitting uncontrollably at the site of injection, disease or injury. The natural result of this uncontrolled splitting is the development of cysts + tumors that often become cancerous. Because of this, Embryonic stem cells have NOT been used to treat any diseases in humans to date. Because embryonic stem cells are very likely to be rejected by the body, patients are frequently required to take immunosuppressive drugs. The ineffectiveness of embryonic stem cells for treating patients is the main issue that has stymied their research + use around the world, while the ethical + moral dilemmas further delay research in the USA. The FACT remains that Embryonic Stem Cells are considered a dead end in regard to treatments by some of the top Stem Cell minds in science (including the top embryonic stem cell scientists!).
To date, Embryonic research has been 100% fruitless (in regard to generating treatments) for well-funded + government supported scientists around the world for the last 11 years.
Dr James Thomson, father of embryonic research said: “…embryonic stem cells are not being used in any clinical applications yet, while alternatives such as adult stem cells figure in scores of therapies.”
Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, abandoned his license to attempt human cloning, saying that the researchers “may have achieved what no politician could: an end to the embryonic stem cell debate.”
Dr. Bernadine Healy, former director of the National Institutes of Health, was quoted in U.S. News & World Report: “…embryonic stem cells, once thought to hold the cure for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes, are obsolete….. In fact, adult stem cells, which occur in small quantities in organs throughout the body for natural growth and repair, have become stars despite great skepticism early on.”
Embryonic stem cells MAY be researched further with federal funding + may provide great insights into medicine + disease but will NOT generate treatments for decades to come, if ever.
Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are the body’s natural healing cells. Their one job is to heal damaged organs and tissues. Adult stem cells have been used in bone marrow transplants for 40 years and have over a half decade of treatment in humans. Adult stem cells have virtually no side effects…in fact, a stem cell treatment using cells from your own body, when following standard quality controls, carries about the same amount of risk as drawing blood. To date, 130+ diseases have been treated with Adult Stem Cells with approximately 2/3 of patients deriving therapeutic benefits.