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Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

In ALL ARTICLES, BEST OF THE BEST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on March 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

HOW DO YOU LIKE LIVING ON DEATH ROW?

…since few people can afford to travel outside the country for adult stem cell treatments, ESC-crazed America, the Bangladesh of stem cells, with its focus on “treatment useless” research, and 4-8 years behind the rest of the world on available adult stem cell treatments, has become exactly that, a death row prison cell for those suffering from so-called untreatable  diseases.

By David Granovsky

Editor, RSCI Newsletter

March, 2009

Should embryos be researched?  In theory, everything should be researched because we won’t know what advancements can come of it until it’s done.  But what about embryonic research in regard to treatments and the great stem cell debate?  Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

So what if embryonic research has been 100% fruitless (in regard to generating treatments) for well-funded and government supported scientists around the world for the last 11 years.   Maybe the U.S. scientists can discover amazing new things given enough time and money.  Because we will never know what advances and benefits that research may bring us.

So what if Dr James Thomson, father of embryonic research said about embryonic research: “…embryonic stem cells are not being used in any clinical applications yet, while alternatives such as adult stem cells figure in scores of therapies.”

So what if the world’s best embryonic scientists believe that Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC – adult cells modified to be able to become any cell in the human body) seem to have all of the benefits of ESC with significantly less of a rejection issue, without the political & religious controversy or the tumor and cancer potential that ESC do?

So what if Time magazine named iPSC innovation No. 1 on its “Top 10 Scientific Discoveries” of 2007, and the journal Science rated it the No. 1 breakthrough of 2008?

So what if the iPSC findings even prompted Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, to abandon 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.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031002842.html

So what if 3 weeks ago, Dr. Bernadine Healy, director of the National Institutes of Health under the first President Bush, wrote in U.S. News & World Report that these recent developments “in the first six weeks of Obama’s term, several events reinforced the notion that 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.” http://health.usnews.com/blogs/heart-to-heart/2009/03/04/why-embryonic-stem-cells-are-obsolete.html

So what if Dr James Thomson, father of embryonic research said about iPSC: “Already these reprogrammed cells (iPSC) have eclipsed the value of those harvested from embryos, because of significantly lower cost, ease of production, and genetic identity with the patient. They also bring unique application to medical and pharmaceutical research, because cells cultivated from patients with certain diseases readily become laboratory models for developing and testing therapy. That iPS cells overcome ethical concerns about creating and sacrificing embryos is an added plus.”

But personally I am selfish and I have an evil agenda.  I am less concerned with promoting broad spectrum research of everything that may educate us.  I am interested in research that can help suffering human beings now, human beings who have debilitating, life-altering or life-threatening diseases.

I want to help them now.

And we can…

And we aren’t.

I don’t want to see the tears of one more person who is turned away from their doctor’s door with the statement, “there’s nothing more we can do” while people around the world have been successfully treated for that same disease for 3, 5, 10 years.

I can’t sit at the death bed of the millions dying each year and try to get them excited about the wonderful discoveries we will make in the future, the advancement of the human race, the spirit of the human quest for knowledge.

I refuse to go to death row and tell each inmate about how every prison but theirs has pardoned the death row inmates and the governor is going to pardon everyone on death row here too!  But sorry, only after they are executed.

That is what we are talking about for MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.  A death sentence with no potential of pardon…until after they die. And since few people can afford to travel outside the country for adult stem cell treatments, ESC-crazed America, the Bangladesh of stem cells, with its focus on “treatment useless” research, and 4-8 years behind the rest of the world on available adult stem cell treatments, has become exactly that, a death row prison cell for those suffering from so-called untreatable  diseases.

If you want to do battle over the morality of researching embryos then go for it.  Knock yourself out.  And good luck to both sides in the battle because no one will ever back down and no one will win.  Ever.

But if you want to talk about using embryos for TREATMENTS, then you are missing the point. Embryonic research won’t produce treatments for 10-20 years or even 50. So for those suffering from already-treatable Spinal Cord Injuries, Autism, CP, MS, Diabetes, ALS, optic nerve disorders and 100+ others, and especially for the 1.5 million who die every year from the top four diseases in “death row,” Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!

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Dolly the cloned Sheep – In Memorium

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Dolly was a ewe (July 5, 1996 – February 14, 2003), remarkable in being the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer.[1][2] She was cloned by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and colleagues at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was born on July 5, 1996…

SHE WAS REBORN AS A CLONE YESTERDAY, FEB. 22, in 1997

she lived until the age of six,[3] and was dubbed “the world’s most famous sheep” by Scientific American.[4]

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