Thursday, November 16, 2006

"Adult" Stem Cells Once Again Show Promise

An Article at CBC NEWS (WWW.CBC.CA) - Stem cell injections fight muscular dystrophy in dogs - Says:

In promising new research, stem cells worked remarkably well at easing symptoms of muscular dystrophy in dogs, an experiment that experts call a significant step toward treating people.
Sharon Hesterlee, vice-president of translational research at the Muscular Dystrophy Association, called the result one of the most exciting she's seen in her eight years with the organization. Her group helped pay for the work.

She stressed that it's not yet clear whether such a treatment would work in people, but said she had "cautious optimism" about it.

Two dogs that were severely disabled by the disease were able to walk faster and even jump after the treatments.

The study was published online Wednesday by the journal Nature. It used stem cells taken from the affected dogs or other dogs, rather than from embryos. For human use, the idea of using such "adult" stem cells from humans would avoid the controversial method of destroying human embryos to obtain stem cells.

The last line I thought rather telling. There has been good results from "Adult" stem cell research. That is where the corporate money has been going. In the meantime we have liberals shouting for state and federal funding of "Embryonic" stem cell research which has shown no promise or results by most reports... Often times the key words "Adult" and "Embryonic" are left off to further muddle the controversy...

With TAXPAYER dollars going into either type of stemcell research we will have more and more stories like this from
Hwang Woo-Suk: I Can't Prove How Stem Cell Research Funds Used - Hwang Woo-suk has been charged with embezzling public and private research dollars, told the court he could not prove how all of the money was spent.
Hwang told the court in July that he spent more than $1 million in corporate donations on "peripheral activities related to research."
Prosecutors have said that Hwang misspent $2.9 million in state funds and private donations, some of which went into a personal bank account. Other money is alleged to have gone to paying reporters for favorable coverage and expensive trips and gifts for other scientists.

prying1 sez: There must be oversight when huge amounts of monies are being spent or there will be mismanagement and fraud. Throwing massive amounts of federal funds into the mix will only be increasing the temptations for human nature to kick in.

Some Taxpayer dollars Should be allocated for "adult" stem cell researches but there needs to be accountability and results that goes along with it. "Embryonic" needs to be researched in private hands with private funding with or without results...


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