Monday, February 12, 2007

Stem Cell Breakthrough

Another breakthrough for decidedly NON-EMBRYONIC Stem Cells

The content of the article will go uncommented on, at least by me.

3 comments:

sirocco said...

Since you hadn't commented, I wasn't going to either ... but I just can't restrain myself ...

I invite you to read this brief article. Please note two things:

1) At the time the article was written (Aug. 2006) no human trials involving any embryonic stem cell research had yet begin.

2) The type of cellular transformation described is simply impossible using adult stem cells.



There have been a large (and increasing) number of sucessful animal trials, and we are only now starting to see some of those convert to human trials.

Getting approval for such research (as I have noted elsewhere) is an extensive, time consuming process. We have been using certain forms of adult stem cells for 40+ years. Funding for embryonic stem cell research has been available for less than six.

Given this, it's not unusual at all there should be more "success" stories involving adult stem cells. We have had decades longer to do the preliminary research, and many human trials have already occurred.

Of course, opponents love to cite lines like "no successful cures using embryonic stem cells have been created" while conveniently overlooking the fact that, given the (reasonable) constraints our government requires for various research stages (preliminary, then animal, then human trials, etc.), it's essentially impossible for there to have been a "success" yet in the terms they apply.

Which, of course, most opponents are _also_ aware of ... but they prefer to be disinginious (at best, liars by omission if one is less generous) by leaving that part out.

No one says adult stem research isn't valuable, or should be stopped. adult stem cells have a proven track record, and we should continue looking for ways to use them.

On at least a theoretical level, embryonic stem cells have the capability of being more useful than adult stem cells are/could be. Whether that theory can be applied in practice ... well, that's what research is for.

Framer said...

Sirocco,

Did you actually read the article?

sirocco said...

Yeah ... the article itself is funny, in a sad sort of way ... it's also not the direction in which I would like to see _any_ form of stem cell research proceed ...

Sorry ... for whatever reason the stem cell debate is a topic that seems to set me off. Not sure why. I am not involved in the industry, don't have a close friend or relative suffering from a disease which might be helped by such research ... but yeah, my post wasn't really a direct response to the articles itself, more of a general, heartfelt tirade.