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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Dr. Evan Snyder on the latest breakthrough regarding skin cells

Excerpt from Bradley Fikes North County Times article 11-22-07:

"However, Goldstein said even if the new method produces perfect embryonic stem cells, that in itself could cause objections. He said that one person he talked to said that if the cells could give rise to all the cell types in
the human body -- the so-called "totipotent" cells made by a fertilized egg -- they would be the moral equivalent of human embryos.

Evan Snyder, head of stem cell research at the Burnham Institute, said success in making embryonic cells from skin cells doesn't prove that the president was right with his restrictions. The genes used to produce embryonic cells from skin cells were discovered through working with natural embryonic stem cells, he said.

"What we find is that each informs the other," Snyder said. "If you're talking about therapy, they need to be tested head-to-head in the exact same animal model to see which is most useful in a particular disease . ... You may need one type of cell for one disease, and another type of cell for another disease.

Snyder said Bush's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research actually retarded the breakthrough reported this week, perhaps by five years."

Rayilyn Brown
Board Member AZNPF
Arizona Chapter National Parkinson's Foundation

1 comment:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Yvonne, on my blog (www.warpeacetolerance.blogspot.com) you say, "As the author of a book on stem cell research, I am concerned about our soldiers who are coming home from war with injuries that might benefit from therapies resulting from stem cell research. Had our president not vetoed the stem cell research enhancement act (twice) we might have found a treatment for our veterans by now. Read about this at http://right2recover.blogspot.com/2007/05/iraq-veterans-for-cures.html."

If you'd like to write an essay on this as guest blogger, I'd love to use it and you might also submit it to Pat McGrath Avery for her e-zine "Salute!" Not sure it would be right for that, but it never hurts to recycle--something I advocate in The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't (www.howtodoitfrugally.com).

And, of course, thank you for you perspicacious comment on that new blog. Just heard from my grandson. He just landed in Iraq. I worry most when he travels to and from. You've heard stories about that airport.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson