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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Ignorance is Not Bliss!

Even though it could take a decade or more to develop useful therapies, stem cell research holds enormous promise for future health. Therefore, it is important to explore all our options: adult stem cells, the cells found in amniotic fluid, cord blood, and the most versatile of all, those derived from in-vitro blastocysts.

Why the controversy over a clump of cells? To think that a human life has been taken by using fertilized eggs for research has to be one of the biggest and most ignorant of all assumptions. Yet, it’s normal for humans to balk at change and criticize what they don’t understand—especially if a religious or political leader tells them it is unethical or unfeasible.

Some of the most important advances in science were opposed due to moral issues surrounding it. DNA and heart transplants were initially opposed on moral grounds. Today, the science has been used to save millions of lives. In-vitro fertilization was highly controversial when it was introduced in the 1970s, but today it is an accepted solution for millions facing infertility. The well-organized and well-funded minority groups that oppose blastocyst stem cell research are the same groups that opposed organ transplantation, blood transfusions, and other scientific advances that are now everyday medicine.

One day, this resistance to blastocyst stem cell research will be thought of as an insane waste of time as we look back upon it from the future. We will wonder why we allowed our pro-war President to get away with vetoing a bill that could have provided federal funding for research that has such potential to cure disease. We will question the sanity of those who were more concerned with the fate of a 36- to 48-hour-old clump of cells than they were with curing those who had been suffering for decades. We will wonder why a small minority of outspoken citizens of our society, blinded by what they perceived as a religious or moral issue, were allowed to delay possible cures for a number of injuries and medical conditions.

Regardless of whether the therapies come from adult stem cells, cord blood, amniotic fluid, or in-vitro blastocyst stem cell research, all of humanity stands to profit from stem cell treatment and technology. Whether it comes from the U.S. or another country, therapies to treat or possibly cure Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, spinal cord injury, diabetes, or other illness or injuries is within reach. Why oppose such a gift from heaven?

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