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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Step 3 of 24 Steps Toward Stem Cell Success

Across America and around the world, scientists are developing new ways to use embryonic stem cells to fight chronic disease and disability.

One widely-publicized advance is the development of “imitation” embryonic stem cells, the new Thomson/Yamanaka reprogrammed skin cells. But even if these new cells are proven completely successful, (which may take 10-15 years) that will not be the end of the struggle. We still need to know how to use the embryonic stem cells (from whatever source) and fulfill the motto of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine: “Turning stem cells into cures”.

Fortunately, the world is not waiting. Here are highlights of just a few recent advances. For more complete information, visit the excellent website, http://www.sciencedaily.com/, which has clear descriptions of the experiments, and citations for the source papers.

3. NOBEL PRIZE GOES TO ESC RESEARCHERS: Three research heroes, Mario R. Capecchi, Martin J. Evans, and Oliver Smithies received the world’s highest honor in 2007, for discovering “principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells.” The hard work of these men’s lives has changed medicine forever. Because of their efforts, more than 500 mouse models of disease have been developed. When you hear the phrase, “knockout mice” that does not mean boxing rodents, but rather mice which have one or more genes knocked out of their cellular makeup, so science can learn which gene brings cure, and which brings trouble. Political winds of favor may not have allowed these great scientists to receive the recognition they deserve, but the world is the richer for their having lived, and worked, and triumphed.

Don Reed
http://www.stemcellbattles.com/

Don C. Reed is co-chair of Californians for Cures, and writes for their web blog, www.stemcellbattles.com. Reed was citizen-sponsor for California’s Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999, named after his paralyzed son; he worked as a grassroots advocate for California’s Senator Deborah Ortiz’s three stem cell regulatory laws, served as an executive board member for Proposition 71, the California Stem Cells for Research and Cures Act, and is director of policy outreach for Americans for Cures. The retired schoolteacher is the author of five books and thirty magazine articles, and has received the National Press Award.

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