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Stem cell agency needs to shed conflicts

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on December 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

ImageStem cell agency needs to shed conflicts
California‘s stem cell agency understands the importance of attacking chronic problems. So if it wants to survive beyond 2014, it should heed the Institutes of Medicine‘s advice to eliminate conflicts of interest on its board — and do it before awarding the remaining $1.2 billion of the $3 billion voters approved for stem cell research.

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine asked the prestigious Institutes of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, to evaluate its operations. One of the findings was that the vast majority of the agency’s 29 board members stand to benefit in various ways from their decisions on awarding research grants.

This has been suggested before, but the new report leaves no question of the ethical issue. To justify its continuation in some form, perhaps as a nonprofit or a foundation, the agency needs a majority of independent board members to make funding decisions.

The stem cell institute’s public funding window closes in 2014. It commissioned the review in part to help figure out how it might survive after that to sustain progress in stem cell research.

Even if there were no concerns about independence, another voter-approved bond would be out of the question.

Long-term funding was never the intent when Proposition 71 passed in 2004. It was supposed to kick-start research at a time when federal funding was blocked and to establish California as a major player in the rapidly advancing medical field.

http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_22216395/mercury-news-editorial-stem-cell-agency-needs-shed

 

OPRAH, MICHAEL J FOX, DR OZ – STEM CELL DEBATE IS DEAD!

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on October 22, 2011 at 9:15 am

The debate ended 2.5 years ago but the battle still wages on! SO much has changed in 2.5 years  yet so much remains the same. 

The world has embraced the knowledge that adult stem cells can treat almost anything with safety and success but nobody in the USA knows about it because they are not available here and considered “unapproved by the FDA.”

Maybe we can enlist the “Occupy Wall Street” peeps to make some huge needed changes in our health care and available treatments.  – David

Originally from: https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/oprah-michael-j-fox-dr-mehmet-oz-the-stem-cell-debate-is-over/

The Stem Cell Debate Is Over! ...sort of...

The Wisdom of Oz

Visualize the surreal image of Oprah Winfrey, Michael J Fox and Dr. Mehmet Oz, wearing purple surgical gloves, sitting on stage around a human brain. Dr. Oz explains the absence of Nigro-Striatal Neurons in the brain of Parkinson’s patients while lifting out partially dissected chunks of brain and placing them into Michael’s shaking hand.

The camera zooms in as Dr. Oz steadies Michael’s hand in his. Dr. Oz weaves an intimidating, steel needle between Michael’s gloved and trembling fingers and illustrates the procedure for injecting stem cells into the brain by plunging it both into and through the quivering cerebellum. Michael’s legs spasm and contort and my stomach clenches empathetically with what I sense is Michael’s extreme discomfort, but is really a symptom of his condition.

And yet, NOTHING could have prepared me for what happened next as Dr. Oz, unbelievably and without prelude or warning, makes the stunning statement:
“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

“The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us are made from embryos, and those cells can become any cell in the body, but it’s very hard to control them and so they can become cancer.”

While astonished by his public announcement, I soon began to wonder: “why did Dr Oz only briefly allude to the potential of iPS cells and the proven benefits of adult stem cell treatments?” And then it became clear.

Dr Oz recognizes that the average person on an American street is led to believe, “a stem cell is an embryo is a stem cell”. Due to years of misleading media saturation, as far most Americans know, there are no other stem cells besides embryonic. Walk down the street and ask someone “what is an adult stem cell…what is an iPS cell”, and your inquiries will surely be met by blank stares.

So in retrospect, what Oz DID do, was truly…amazing.

Shunning the history of the love/hate affair Americans have with Embryonic stem cell research and ignoring the majority of US media over the past 5 years, the decrees of President Obama’s funding policies, the positions of the FDA and AMA and the fruitless decade long public pursuit of embryonic cures undertaken by Michael J Fox (with the benevolent and optimistic spirit of Christopher Reeve hovering over him) and before the bewildered eyes of Michael, Oprah and ~7.2 million viewers, Dr Mehmet Oz nailed the coffin shut on ESC treatments:
“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

With this one simple statement on national TV, Dr Oz has taken the first step towards educating the American public about the current insurmountable limitations of embryonic stem cells and cracked open the door to the American collective mind-set regarding the potential of iPS cells and the reality that Repair stem cells (RSC) have been treating diseases around the world successfully for a decade. Despite the fact that thousands of American doctors refer to RSC as “snake oil,” more and more American patients are realizing that the US medical system is faltering, dated and just not working while the greatest medicine the world has ever seen is available just beyond the borders of their own country.

The seeds planted by Dr Oz will take a long time to find purchase in the collective American mind-set. There is too much embryonic momentum, media and drama, and America loves drama. Embryonic stem cells will not go away and like Romeo and Juliet, this love/hate affair may have to run its course for most, despite Dr Oz stealing the “distilled liquor” and Romeo’s poison and dagger in an attempt to avoid all of the deaths at the end of this play.

To read more about this grim fairy tale: https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/a-grim-fairy-tale-americas-doomed-love-affair-with-embryonic-stem-cell-research-intro-the-romance-is-an-illusion/

One step at a time we will climb this mountain and slowly open American eyes to improve their knowledge of treatment options so all can intelligently exercise the freedom of choice in their individual medical care. One inch at a time, Oz wisely created a pathway to an amazing new world of available medical treatments for what were previously believed to be incurable diseases and are in fact treating patients successfully around the world.

Dr Oz took this first step and it was a HUGE first step!

So from where I am sitting, I would like to express my heartfelt and sincerest appreciation for Dr Oz’s bravery, statements and actions. Thank you, Dr. Oz and thank you Oprah; for allowing this sage doctor the forum to break the walls restricting millions of Americans from the knowledge of the medical treatment options they so unquestionably deserve.

Here is the actual transcript based on my ears and fingers and a lot of patient rewinding:

“I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead.”

“The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us are made from embryos, and those cells can become any cell in the body, but it’s very hard to control them and so they can become cancer.”

“I can take a little bit of your skin, take those cells, get them to go back in time so they are like they were when you were first made, and then they will start to make that dopamine & I think those cells, because they won’t be as prone to cancer & because they’re your genes will be the ones that are ultimately used to cure Parkinsons.”

“I think we are single digit years away from making a big impact in the lives of Parkinson’s disease but also diabetics, heart disease, people who have had a lot of problems.”

To see the original video: http://www.oprah.com/media/20090319-tows-dr-oz-brain

Ebryonic stem cell research funding will go on

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on May 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

1. It’s spelled eMbryonic, not ebryonic. They got the most important word in the article wrong in the title and in the first word of the title no less? Are you kidding me?
2. So what? Screw the embryos, they’re irrelevant! https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/screw-the-embryos-they%e2%80%99re-irrelevant/ – dg

Ebryonic stem cell research funding will go on, federal court rules – 5.1.11 | MassDevice Staff

Embryonic stem cellsA federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s ruling to halt federal funding of research involving human embryonic stem cells, voting 2-1 that the policy does not violate a 1996 law.

In August, Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia banned the funding policy, potentially derailing scores of projects looking into the causes of diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cystic fibrosis. President Barack Obama had sought to deliver stem cell research funding from constraints imposed under the Bush administration, but Lamberth ruled that the policy violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, aimed at stopping the destruction of human embryos.

Dickey-Wicker proved to be a sticky wicket for both plaintiffs and defendants when the appeals court issued a temporary stay of the Lamberth ruling.

Obama’s policy allowed the use of stem cell lines derived from frozen embryos from fertility treatments that were no longer needed and donated according to stringent ethical guidelines. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, James Sherley and Theresa Deisher, argued that the Obama policy violated the Dickey-Wicker rules.

The Obama administration appealed the decision to the D.C. appeals bench. In a 2-1 ruling, that court overturned Lamberth’s decision.

“We conclude the plaintiffs are unlikely to prevail because Dickey-Wicker is ambiguous and the NIH seems reasonably to have concluded that, although Dickey-Wicker bars funding for the destructive act of deriving an [embryonic stem cell] from an embryo, it does not prohibit funding a research project in which an [embryonic stem cell] will be used. We therefore vacate the preliminary injunction,” Judge Douglas Ginsberg wrote in the majority opinion, according to court documents. “All this is to say the balance of equities tilts against granting a preliminary injunction. That, combined with our conclusion the plaintiffs have not shown they are likely to succeed on the merits, leads us to hold the district court abused its discretion in awarding preliminary injunctive relief..”

In a feisty dissent, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson took issue with her colleague’s reasoning, writing that they have “taken a straightforward case of statutory construction and produced a result that would make Rube Goldberg tip his hat,” performing “linguistic jujitsu.”

“I must therefore respectfully dissent,” Henderson wrote. “Because derivation of [human embryonic stem cells] necessarily destroys a human embryo or embryos, and because derivation constitutes at least [human embryonic stem cell] research development under the amendment, all [human embryonic stem cell] research is ‘research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed.’ Accordingly, the plaintiffs’ challenge to the amendment is likely to succeed because the amendment prohibits the expenditure of federal funds to engage in [human embryonic stem cell] research in all of its sequences.”

The man with a plastic heart

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

There are four approaches to heart transplant patients:

1. Wait for a donor heart
2. Insert a plastic heart
3. Implant adult stem cells
4. “More radically, Dr Doris Taylor, of the University of Minnesota, has been using stem cells to actually build new hearts in the laboratory. She has achieved this with a rat heart by stripping it of its cells, then re-populating the resulting perfectly heart-shaped scaffold with stem cells, which adapt into heart tissue, so that in time the heart begins to beat again.

“.. the thought would be that we would take a heart, probably from a pig .. wash all the cells out, and then take your cells and grow enough of them to .. build a heart that matches your body and have it transplanted into you. That’s the home run,” says Dr Taylor.

The man with a plastic heart

By Dr Kevin Fong Consultant Anaesthetist, UCL Hospital

A heart operation
The demand for heart transplants cannot keep pace with demand
Heart disease threatens the lives of millions, but with only limited hearts available for transplant, medical science has long yearned for a definitive fix to repair or replace this most vital organ. 

Troy Golden, a pastor from Oklahoma, was born with a heart that would one day break. A genetic condition known as Marfan’s syndrome has been slowly attacking his body tissue since birth including around his heart and valves.

At the age of 41, he had to undergo life-saving surgery, replacing valves and reshaping his heart’s walls. But his condition continued to worsen. In January 2010, he was put on the heart transplant list, but time ran out without a donor.

Troy Golden carries a pump in his backpack for his plastic heart

“Troy’s heart was so bad that a traditional heart pump wouldn’t be enough,” explains Troy’s cardiologist Dr Doug Horstmanshof. “So, we decided to try something different – completely replacing the heart.”

In September last year, Troy became one of the few people in the US to have his entire heart replaced with a device called the Total Artificial Heart. It’s made of plastic and weighs 160 grams and is a little larger than a biological heart. It is powered by a pneumatic pump that you carry around in a rucksack.

Awe inspiring moment

Dr James Long, Troy’s surgeon, recalled the moment the heart was implanted into Troy. “It was admittedly rather awe-inspiring,” he says. And it was ominous to look inside the chest and know that the only thing keeping him alive was the synthetic pump that we had just replaced his heart with.”

Troy has had to get used to the non-stop sound of the pneumatic pump. But he looks and feels remarkably well and is overwhelmed by what has been done for him.

“It’s awesome,” he said “to be out of the hospital and to be able to come back home and to be able to come back to some normal life.”

“You can’t even just really comprehend taking your heart out, you know, without a heart you’re not alive.”

The Total Artificial Heart has done more than buy Troy some time. It has given him his life back and it has given him hope. But this is not a permanent solution. His heart’s batteries must be constantly charged, spares must stand at the ready. The risk of infection and clotting add to the constant worry.

Medical challenge

For now Troy must again endure the long wait for a donor heart, but there are other solutions on the horizon. New avenues of research are focussing on efforts to assist, rather than replace the heart.
Dr Kevin Fong with an artificial heart

Dr Kevin Fong presents Horizon: How to Mend a Broken Heart on BBC Two, on Monday 14 February at 2100 GMT

Increasingly, in patients suffering from heart failure, miniaturised pumps are being used to assist heart function. They are about the size of a cigar and are essentially plugged into the main pumping chamber of the heart to help it along.

Unlike Troy’s artificial heart, they can be left in place indefinitely. But perhaps more remarkable is the fact that these pumps can sometime be removed, once a damaged heart has recovered.

And it is the potential for hearts to actually recover, after having been damaged, that is being investigated in some of the most exciting research going on today.

Much interest centres on stem cells because they are the closest natural thing to the body’ s spare parts and, under the right conditions, they have the potential to transform into a huge number of different cell types with specialised functions. Because of this, they can take part in the process of renewal – replacing diseased and damaged tissues.

Preliminary results are highly controversial, but there is a growing body of evidence that suggests we may in the future be able to harness the heart’s potential regenerative capacity for future therapies.

Growing new hearts

More radically, Dr Doris Taylor, of the University of Minnesota, has been using stem cells to actually build new hearts in the laboratory.

She has achieved this with a rat heart by stripping it of its cells, then re-populating the resulting perfectly heart-shaped scaffold with stem cells, which adapt into heart tissue, so that in time the heart begins to beat again.

“.. the thought would be that we would take a heart, probably from a pig .. wash all the cells out, and then take your cells and grow enough of them to .. build a heart that matches your body and have it transplanted into you. That’s the home run,” says Dr Taylor.

If the clinical application can be made to work, it is a revolutionary if relatively distant possibility.

For Troy and the millions of people like him for whom heart failure is a reality, this work is of vital importance.

There is the very real possibility here that, within our lifetimes, scientists might finally find the cure they’re looking for.

While their search for that magic bullet remedy is far from at an end, each new discovery brings them another step closer.

Stem Cell Treatments and Heart Disease – https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/heart-disease-treatment/

OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

Until she was 15, Morse had 20/4,000 vision in one eye and only light perception in the other due to optic nerve hypoplasia, or an underdevelopment of the nerve that transmits vision signals from the eye to the brain. She could make out human figures but not see details, could only read if the paper was within inches of her eye, and could only watch TV standing with her nose pressed to the glass…

After raising $15,000 from community donations, the mother and daughter set out for China on July 4…

She received spinal injections of cord blood stem cells each week for six weeks. After her third treatment, she realized she could read and knew the treatments were working…

More info on OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS:

Treatment with adult stem cells, due to the amazing transformation from blindness to sight, are some of the most powerful success stories in adult stem cell treatments.

·         Macie Morse from Colorado before stem cells had 20/4000 vision in one eye and in the other eye she only had “light perception,” she could only make out light.  Also, she could only watch TV with her nose pressed against the glass. After treatment she had 20/80 vision in one eye and the other is 20/400+.  She is now driving her family’s van and enjoying her new driving permit. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/stem-cells-optic-nerve-hypoplasia-victory/

·         Jakob Bielski from Canada received stem cell treatment because he couldn’t see at all and had no response to light.  After the Cord Blood Stem Cells Were Implanted he has some vision, can respond to visual information and responds to light.

·         Dakota Clarke’s mother said “It’s been worth every single penny to see the changes in her.”

·         Coby Fend’s mother said ““We are talking about going back — we’d almost be crazy not to, because right now it’s the best thing going in the entire world.”

·         Connor Corkern’s mother said: “He’s doing great. He is doing wonderful. It’s like we’ve got a totally new baby.”

·         Cameron Petersen’s Grandma said: “There was nothing for Cameron before this treatment. Now, his world is limitless.”

·         Lydia Black’s father said: “the treatment is already having a huge effect on her life, and he is glad that she was able to receive stem cell treatment…”

·         Savannah Watring’s mother said: “She said hello to herself in an elevator (after seeing her reflection). It blew everyone away. We weren’t expecting that.”

·         Xavier Carballo’s ophthalmologist, Dr. Jack Guggino of Tampa, said he did a baseline exam on the boy before the trip to China and after his return. Before the treatment Xavier could only detect hand motion at 1 to 2 feet, and after the treatment he could count fingers at 3 to 4 feet.  “As far as Xavier is concerned, there has been definite and measurable improvement, neurologically and ophthalmologically,” Guggino said.

·         Lawrence Brown III looks at the number “10” on a family laptop and tells his mother Georgina Brown what the number is as part of a daily exercise to see if his sight is improving. For most people, it is insignificant.  But for Lawrence, 16, who has been blind since birth, it was an exceptional moment.“They call it a really good placebo effect,” Lawrence said. “Whatever, if it’s a placebo effect, I want some more.” https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/stem-cell-therapy-shows-results-el-paso-times/

·         Blind Man Can See Again After Stem Cell Therapy – A man blinded after having ammonia squirted in his eye is now able to see again thanks to adult stem cells taken from his own body.  Russell Turnbull, 38, from England had therapy using stem cells taken from his other eye in a research study in London.

·         A study in the New England Journal of Medicine on 112 patients with corneal damage from chemical burns whom received treatment.  After adult stem cell treatment, a permanent restoration of a transparent, renewing corneal epithelium was attained in 76.6% of eyes. The restored eyes remained stable over time, with up to 10 years of follow-up (mean, 2.91±1.99; median, 1.93).  https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/chemically-burned-eyes-repaired-with-stem-cells/

VIDEO: Meet Sam, a visual artist who was confronted with the one thing a man in his profession fears most: Compromised vision. In his case his ability to see clearly was being undermined by age-related macular degeneration (AMD.) His Doctor harvests and uses a patient’s own stem cell-rich bone marrow to help effect healing. Sam discerned improvements in his vision within the first ten days following his treatment and siz weeks later the vision in his left eye had improved while that in his right eye was now normal.

If you or a loved one interested in receiving FREE information on currently available stem cell treatments for OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS, please contact me at dsgrano@gmail.com or for other options, go to: CONTACT ME

AUTISM/ASPERGER’S + STEM CELLS

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

A friend asked:

when are they going to allow us to use stem cells for autism in this country??? I am getting impatient every treatment center I’ve called here (in the US) says they wont do it! I am having a baby in feb and want to use the cord blood for my son but when will I ever be able to? anyone know?

WHY NO STEM CELLS IN THE US (FOR AUTISM)? – https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/why-no-stem-cells-in-the-us/

STEM CELLS FOR AUTISM – PROGRESS TO DATE – https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/stem-cells-for-autism/

POTENTIAL OF STEM CELL TREATMENTS FOR AUTISM – https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/potential-of-stem-cell-treatments-for-autism/

TREATMENTS AVAILABLE TODAY – Asperger’s is an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  To see if you or your loved one might be a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy, contact me at dsgrano@gmail.com

CDC VACCINE COVER UP – MERCURY ACTUALLY DOES CAUSE AUTISM? Central Figure in CDC Vaccine Cover-Up Absconds With $2M

CATCH UP! This is laughable.

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 4, 2011 at 4:27 pm

CATCH UP! This is laughable. They want to make drugs for heart disease to do what stem cells have been doing for years! Here’s where they are:

“…within the next decade they may have experimental drugs in development that would give certain… kinds of cells in the heart the ability to regenerate tissue, repair damage and therefore combat heart failure….”
and
“…his researchers had already had some success in using this protein to “wake up” cells known as epicardial cells in mice with damaged hearts.”

WHAT A JOKE!
1. Thousands of heart disease patients have been treated successfully around the world at stem cell treatment centers since 2004.
2. Prof Doris Taylor proved heart tissue can regenerate with stem cells in the 1990′s, built rodent and human hearts from scratch and opened a lab in Spain that grows entire hearts from the patient’s own stem cells last year.
CATCH UP ALREADY!

Scientists look to stem cells to mend broken hearts

LONDON | Tue Feb 1, 2011 4:14am EST

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Britain’s leading heart charity launched a 50 million pound ($80 million) research project on Tuesday into the potential of stem cells to regenerate heart tissue and “mend broken hearts”…

STOP SELLING EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS AS A PANACEA, THEY AIN’T

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on November 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

In Greek mythology, Panacea (Greek Πανάκεια, Panakeia) was a goddess of healing. She was the daughter of Asclepius and Epione. Panacea and her five sisters each performed a facet of Apollo‘s art: Panacea was the goddess of cures, Iaso was the goddess of recuperation, Hygieia was the goddess of disease prevention, Aceso was the goddess of recovery, and Aglaea was the goddess of natural beauty. (wiki)

Some very well respect doctors, scientists and politicians are still screaming from the roof tops about the benefits of embryonic stem cells and how treatments derived from their funding will be a huge panacea for the world:

“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…”

It is a lie at worst and couched narrow-focused misinformation at best and it is typical of what we’ve been hearing from the US media for the past 10 years.  I’ll explain why…

These are only a few of my issues with this article:

THIS ONE, I MEAN THAT ONE

They say: ‘federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research “is essential” if scientists are to succeed in turning the cells into usable treatments.’

CART BEFORE THE HORSE MUCH?

They say: “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 neglect to mention that ESC form cysts/tumors at the site of injection that can become cancerous + they require immunosuppressive drugs. So, at this point, you would have to cure cancer first to use them safely (a not insignificant hurdle to overcome)…then again, if they did cure cancer, then that WOULD be a significant paradigm shift…but that’s not going to happen any time soon either.

YOU ARE NOT A UNIQUE AND SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE!

They say: “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.” [to differentiate into any of the 300+ human cell types is pluripotency]

  • ESC are NOT unique. While they are pluripotent, there are also pluripotent ADULT stem cells…there are even pluripotent ‘induced pluripotent stem cells’ but they have they same problems as embryonic stem cells.  And btw, adult stem cells are already successfully treating ‘diabetes, damaged heart tissue, arthritis, Parkinson’s, ALS and spinal cord injuries, to name but a few examples.’

YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE

They say:  “…to help ensure the potential of this research is translated into treatments and 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…it will not generate life saving treatments, not for a long time and maybe not even in our lifetime.  So, dear scientists and politicians: go ahead and solicit funding, pursue knowledge, bang your drums…just don’t try to sell their funding + research as something they are not.  Stop trying to mislead congress and the public.  Stop calling embryonic stem cells 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.

ADULT STEM CELLS produce treatments for 130+ diseases.
They are SAFE + EFFECTIVE NOW.
http://bit.ly/stemcellblog

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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.”

UB to Receive $4.9 Million in Stem Cell Research Funds from New York State

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on October 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo will receive $4.9 million in funding to conduct research on stem cells, part of a new investment in stem cell research announced yesterday by New York State Governor David A. Paterson.

“I am extremely pleased that so many of our faculty successfully competed for these awards,” said Kenneth M. Tramposch, Ph.D., associate vice president for research at UB. “It demonstrates that leading-edge research is being proposed by UB scientists. UB’s vibrant interdisciplinary environment helped our scientists develop innovative projects that will allow us to understand the basic biology of stem cells and provide a platform for future therapies…

via UB to Receive $4.9 Million in Stem Cell Research Funds from New York State.

PHG Foundation | Legal disputes over adult and embryonic stem cell research

In ALL ARTICLES on July 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

Legal disputes over adult and embryonic stem cell research

11 July 2010 | By Dr Philippa Brice | News story

the Court of Appeals in Washington DC has granted permission for two adult stem cell researchers to file a lawsuit against the National Institutes of Health on the basis that the new Federal government support for embryonic stem cell research (see previous news) is diverting funding away from their own parallel – and some would argue, ethically superior [and superior in treating humans] – field of research.

via PHG Foundation | Legal disputes over adult and embryonic stem cell research.

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