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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Is it Ethical to Pursue Embryonic Stem Cell Research? Is it Ethical Not To?

Not conducting stem cell research is unethical and a detriment to society.

Americans are asking is it ethical to pursue embryonic stem cell research?

The question is: Is it ethical not to?

Many pro-lifers argue that using embryonic stem cells derived from in vitro fertilization and discarded umbilical cords is murder, or the prevention of potential life. But what about existing lives that are in dire need of this research and these cells? There are living, breathing human beings, people’s parents, children and siblings, who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s or paralysis. Is it ethical to deny them treatment or even a cure to their disease on the basis that an umbilical cord once held the potential to life? Is it ethical to throw away scientific miracles in the name of religion? Opponents to stem cell research assume that God opposes scientists working with donated embryonic stem cells. What if it was God’s plan all along for humans to discover and pursue a cure to these diseases?

Before answering these questions, it is important to understand how stem cell research works and what it can achieve. The first misconception is that embryonic stem cells come from aborted fetuses. That is not the case. Although opponents of stem cell research and pro-life groups would like you to draw the parallels between them, embryonic stem cells are actually derived from embryos that develop from fertilized eggs in an in vitro fertilization clinic and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors. “The embryos derived are typically four or five days old and are a hollow microscopic ball of cells called the blastocyst,” According to the National Institute of Health (NIH).

What is moral or ethical to one person is blatantly wrong to another.

Read more of this article about morality and stem cell research by Emily Powers, Staff Writer of the Rebel Yell.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Prosensa

Toward the end of 2007, a small bio-tech company in the Netherlands known as Prosensa made a startling announcement. After conducting trials, the drug maker believes it has discovered a therapy that could provide those who suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) a chance at living a full and complete life.

Read more at http://www.cureduchenne.citymax.com/prosensadp.html

Learn more about Duchene Muscular Dystrophy at http://www.cureduchenne.citymax.com/home.html

Taryn Simpson assisted Jason Walker, A DMD survivor, write a book about his journey with his disease. Read

Jason had an interview with his local TV news station and he got to talk about his book, "Missing My Body." You can purchase the paperback book or download the ebook at lulu.com.

Click on this link to watch the interview:

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Stem Cells Without Embryo Destruction

Scientists have developed a method for creating embryonic stem cell lines without leading to the destruction of embryos. The resulting stem cells were able to develop into various other cell types...read more

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In Vitro Fertilization, Stem Cell Research On Legislative Agenda

LANSING - The Michigan House Judiciary Committee discussed legislation allowing individuals using in vitro fertilization the option of donating their unused embryos for stem cell research while also increasing the penalties for human cloning, but most of those who testified over the course of nearly five hours voiced their opposition to or support for the research component itself.

There was no vote taken on HB 4616 , HB 4617 and HB 4618 Wednesday, but Chair Rep. Paul Condino (D-Southfield) said he plans on voting the bills out of committee when the Legislature returns the week after Thanksgiving. Apparently the House will put the bills up for a vote, but when is uncertain, as is whether there are enough votes to get it through the full chamber. Condino said if there aren't enough votes, that will be a sign to embryonic stem cell research supporters to move ahead with their petition drive and fundraising to get the measure on the November 2008 ballot.

Read more about stem cell legislation here.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Stem Cells in China treats spinal cord injury

Nut Hamilton, a friend of Dan Bloodworth, went to China to have stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury. He is now experiencing better muscle tone and strength.

Head over to China Stem Cell News to read the whole story: http://stemcellschina.com/blog/nuthamilton/