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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Stem Cells in Maine

The politics of stem cells were examined on Monday, when leaders in the field of stem cell research came together in Salisbury Cove on MDI.
It's not the small minority of Americans who oppose stem cell research on religious grounds that concerns leading research scientists, secure in their belief that stem cells could be the key to curing such diseases as cancer, diabetes and Parkinson's.

It's the thousands of voters who simply don't understand the issue that keep scientists up at night, said Dr. Gary Gilliland, a professor at Harvard Medical School and a leukemia researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who spoke Saturday night at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Stem Cell Symposium.

The possible results from this kind of research are incredible.
If the ethical issues around embryonic stem cell research are resolved, sickle cell anemia and diabetes could be the first diseases "cured" in this way. Already, researchers know how to transplant the cells that can produce insulin or normal-shaped blood cells - if rare donor cells become available. With the procedure known as "nuclear transfer," doctors can simply make the cells they need.

Cancer could be next, according to research that Gilliland has published recently.



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8/18/2005 05:08:00 PM

 

even if the ethical issues of ESCs are someday resolved, you still can't get around the fundamentals flaws of ESCs. Namely, their ability to form teratomas and the graft vs host disease that forms.
simply put adult stem cells are better. They do not suffer any of the disadvantages of ESCs if autologous, and various types including the MAPC, oligofactory, placential epithelial, and possibly lübeck stem cells are also pluripotent and can be expanded hundreds of times in culture. but still stem cells are avaiable all over the body at various stages of life, fat, skin, nephron, bone marrow, epithelial, cord, nerve, brain, bone, pancreatic, hepatc, islet, mesenchymal, etc.
meanwhile as the media pumps this embryonic stem cells hoax, cures are being made everyday with adult stem cells. whether it is diabetis, luekemia, parkisons disease, heart disease, ms, lupus, etc, etc.
and give up on nuclear transfer, this destroys 4% of the of the DNA, in some cases results in mutiple DNAs. Aside from a limited suppy and massive costs, you would still have the teratoma, and this time a great unknown about what new genetic defects the new DNA would introduce.


Those promoting ESC research have absolutely no credibility at all. 

Posted by Anonymous

8/31/2005 02:45:00 AM

 

I was looking at your posts about cancer colon and found a good article about the same cancer colon info too...

God luck with it : )

10/02/2005 02:29:00 PM

 

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