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Monday, April 7, 2008

Step 20 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.

20. SOCKS OR A T-SHIRT--ALL STEM CELL LINES NOT THE SAME: The Bush Administration’s restrictions limit federal funding to 78 lines, of which only about 20 are actually useful and available. If embryonic stem cell lines were identical, this miniscule number might be enough. However, UCLA biologist Yi Sun and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Thomas Sudhof of the University of Texas compared just two of the Presidentially-approved lines, and found them different in important ways. Cells derived from one line tended to fit one side of the brain, while a second line worked best on the other side. This difference is important: like reaching in the sock drawer and getting a T-shirt instead. Many stem cell lines are needed, so investigators can find exactly what is needed.

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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