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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stem Cell Mix Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk

A complex combination of treatments, including stem cells and growth factors, can heal damaged neural circuits, allowing partially paralyzed rats to walk. These findings represent a significant step forward in regenerative medicine, providing new treatment possibilities for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and grow new neural fibers out of the spinal cord “renders transplantation approaches to repair realistic."

Previous research has shown that cell transplants and other treatments can help paralyzed rodents walk. But those experiments have focused mainly on repairing local damage within the spinal cord. They could help patients whose motor neurons -- cells carrying messages from brain to spinal cord -- remain intact after injury or disease.

Read more at http://tinyurl.com/cdtxw4

Monday, March 30, 2009

Tissue and cells do NOT have souls

If you believe that two cells jointed to form one is equal to human life, you really need to rethink your position. Human life exists in a human body. Spirit life exists in ALL things.

If you think that cells created in a Petri dish are equal to human life, you would be opposing in vitro fertilization, not stem cell research. These leftover cells are being thrown in the trash or washed down the drain. Might not that be the real crime? Especially when these cells could hold the potential for improving and healing human life that already exists. Denying the right to recover to those who need it most is a crime.

Did you know that many fertilized cells are flushed in the menstrual cycle each month? Not every fertilized egg implants itself. There is a difference in fertilization and conception. Fertilization can occur in a woman's body or in a Petri dish. Conception can ONLY occur in a woman's body!

If you believe that God is in complete control of everything, wouldn't you also agree that HE is cruel to allow death of any kind to occur? But, if God was really opposed to death, which is a normal part of the life cycle, HE would not support war or killing in self-defense.

That is where most people err. God is not a person. God is the creative energy of the Universe. God doesn't have an agenda or a preference. Storms come and go destroying everything in their paths, but this is part of life on earth. We humans have free will to choose whatever we want to create. I choose to create life and healing. I choose research on all types of stem cells because I truly believe that they contain healing and life-restoring potential.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tumors in A (quack) Human Stem Cell Therapy

It's almost like a bad Yakov Smirnoff joke, "In America you test therapies in animals before giving them to humans, in Russia..." All I can do is wonder, what were they thinking? Injecting stem cells into a kid's spinal fluid to correct a genetic disorder? Are they insane?

Stem cells, in particular embryonic and fetal stem cells, are useful because they represent cells that are less differentiated than the cells that are working at specific functions throughout your body. Another result of being stem cells is that they are able to divide and proliferate without differentiating or undergoing apoptosis and as cells differentiate towards their final fate they tend to divide less and ultimately commit cellular suicide if they are signaled to begin dividing again - a protection against cancerous growth. The downside of this is that stem cells act, in their normal state, a bit like cancerous cells. In fact one of the assays to demonstrate the pluripotency of a cell (the ability of a stem cell to make many kinds of other tissues) is to inject them into an animal where they will make tumors called teratomas which are (usually) benign growths of cells that represent endoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm - the three germ layers than give rise to all tissues in the body during development.

Read more here.. http://tinyurl.com/c7wp2e

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Kotex Kops

Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, seeks to define a person in North Dakota law as “any organism with the genome of homo sapiens.”

What exactly is an organism? How do we know when an organism becomes a person? Are all organisms to be considered equal to humans?

The bill could affect in vitro fertilization treatments in which a woman's egg is fertilized with a man's sperm outside the woman's body. A few days after fertilization in the laboratory, the blastocyst is introduced into the woman’s uterus and the other two are frozen while the couple waits to see if conception will occur. *NOTE: there is a difference in fertilization and conception (see http://right2recover.blogspot.com/).* The blastocyst either implants itself or is washed out in the next menstrual flow. If personhood rights are given to fertilized eggs, a Kotex Kops division will need to be organized in every city to arrest women who flush or throw away human beings attached to their tampons! These cells will deserve to have a funeral or last rites administered and should be cremated or given a proper burial. Do you see how ridiculous Ruby’s law is?

Blastocysts with abnormalities are not normally introduced to the uterus, but under Ruby's bill, these cells would have the same rights as human beings and could not be discarded. And, because a teratoma contains the homosapien genome, it could get personhood rights.

Dr. Stephanie Dahl, reproductive endocrinologist at MeritCare Health System's Reproductive Medicine Institute in Fargo says, “Women can develop a type of ovarian tumor, called a teratoma, that has some human features, including bone and teeth. The tumors will not develop into a baby, but they 'contain the genome of homo sapien. They are tumors that contain recognizable parts of humans. There can be teeth, cartilage, bone, tissue, fat, hair ... An abnormal tumor of the ovary would be protected as a person under this bill.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

How to Keep from Destroying Blastocysts

The only way to keep from destroying the blastocysts leftover from in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures is to implant all the blastocysts or do away with in vitro fertilization all together. And, in Italy that is exactly what the Vatican would like to see happen.

Italy’s IVF law says a woman cannot utilize IVF unless she’s married. She can’t use donated eggs or sperm so that does away with surrogacy. To them, surrogacy is equal to a married man or woman having sex with another man or woman to whom they are not married. Only three eggs can be fertilized at a time and all three blastocysts have to be implanted into the womb. That means a woman could conceive multiple pregnancies simultaneously. Worse yet, the triplets may have a disease or be deformed.

In Italy, a doctor who violates any part of the IVF law can be imprisoned for up to three years. In 2005, Italians held a referendum on whether to change the law on fertility treatments and stem cell research. Those efforts failed because Catholic bishops, with the support of Pope Benedict XVI, persuaded registered voters to stay away from the polls. Talk about religious control and loss of free will—that tops it all. The scientists who are trying to find cures are not interested in creating Frankensteins. Religious and political leaders who lie to us are the monsters we need to worry about!

It’s not right to deny anyone the privilege of being able to have children through in vitro assistance. I don’t think anyone wants to lose the remarkable IVF procedure in the U.S, but if we don’t open our eyes and start taking action to put a stop to the control religion and government has over us, we will soon be in no better shape than Italy.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Do in vitro blastocysts go to heaven when they perish?

While I am not trying to be insensitive to those who have tried unsuccessfully to have children through in vitro fertilization, I want to make a logical plea to those who oppose the use of leftover blastocysts for scientific research.

The best use of in vitro fertilized eggs is to make a baby whether in the donor's body or in a surrogate mother. However, many leftover blastocysts are thrown away because their donors abandon them or because they have stayed too long in the lab freezer to be used for implantation. THESE are the cells scientists would like to use for research. They are already slated for the trash can. Scientists are NOT asking for the creation of fertilized eggs for scientific purposes. They are NOT asking for the eggs that could become snowflake babies.

Larry Churchill of Vanderbilt University's Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society made a valid point I'd like to share about the leftover cells.

Are blastocysts leftover from in vitro fertilization equal to human life?

If the Catholic Church really believed this they would be baptizing, administering last rites and conducting funerals for these cells. Instead, they go into the trash can after they are no longer useful due to freezer burn or abandonment by their donors. If these cells have the same rights as human beings, do they not at least deserve a decent burial?

Scientists doing research on stem cells realize there is no moral issue involved in the research. The cells in the Petri dish are equivalent to any other cell in the laboratory. Babies grow inside mother's, not in lab dishes!

To think that these cells deserve the same rights and protection as humans causes us to protect something that could become an embryo IF it was implanted in a uterus. Even when lab produced blastocysts are introduced into the womb, there is no guarantee that implantation or conception will occur. Without implantation, there is no pregnancy. This is why a frozen blastocyst cannot be defined as a pregnancy. Therefore, there is no baby being formed in the lab.

Protecting "potential" life at the expense of "real" life (humans already living) is inhumane. Including these cells as members of humanity violates the rights of the living humans who could be helped or even cured by research on material that is going to waste. Literally!

To put it in perspective, consider this scenario. A fertility lab is on fire. There is a daycare center next door and children are present. Would you risk your life to save the cells in the lab or would you rush in to save the children in the daycare center?

How can anyone say that blastocystic stem cell research on leftover cells is a moral issue?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Conception and fertilization are two distinct and individual events

Conception and fertilization are two distinct and individual events. While fertilization can occur either in a lab or inside a woman’s body, conception can only take place in the womb. Conception occurs when a blastocyst becomes implanted or attached to the lining of the uterus where it begins to receive nourishment for continued development. After the first two months of development inside the womb, the term embryo is replaced by the word “fetus,” which applies until birth.

A pregnancy does not actually begin until the process of conception is complete. This process takes several days and can be confirmed by testing the levels of progesterone and hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) present in the mother’s blood. When conception in the uterus is complete, the blastocyst can develop into an embryo. It is very important to remember that conception can only occur inside the uterus.

In vitro blastocyst stem cells never will develop into a baby unless the entire blastocyst is implanted into a uterus—either of the female who donated the egg or that of a surrogate mother. Let me clarify that the stem cells used for blastocyst research purposes are only a few days old and have not been inside a uterus since being fertilized. These cells are not equal to a human life. They have no nerve or blood cells; they have no consciousness.

Research conducted in university laboratories in partnership with Geron Corporation supports the fact that IVF-derived blastocyst stem cells are not embryos because they are not
a complete organism, nor can they be coaxed into becoming such outside the uterus.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Not all fertilized eggs are embryos

When nature’s typical course is followed and in vitro procedures are not incorporated, the fertilization of an egg, its implantation into the uterine lining (conception), and the resulting pregnancy is a smooth developmental process that will produce an embryo.

The in vitro fertilization is not a process of nature. It is a man-made, scientifically-modified process that unites the sperm and the egg in an environment outside the body. While living cells exist in a blastocyst, the development that must continue in order to carry the cells into fetal stages is not possible unless the blastocyst is introduced to a uterus and nature picks up the cue to begin the process of implantation and subsequent development of an embryo.

Even in the natural process of human reproduction, an embryo does not always develop as a result of fertilization. I am referring to a complete molar pregnancy. This genetic accident
occurs when the sperm fertilizes an egg that is either missing its nucleus or where the nucleus is inactive. Even though the egg is fertilized, there is no embryo, no placenta, no fluid, and no amniotic membranes. There is only a mass of cysts that resemble a bunch
of grapes.

So what does a molar pregnancy have to do with stem cell research? It shows that just because an egg is fertilized, it does not necessarily mean that an embryo has formed.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Paralyzed RI lawmaker hails stem cell decision

PROVIDENCE, R.I.: Rep. Jim Langevin was 16 years old when a policeman's accidental gunshot severed his spinal cord and left him paralyzed.

Though doctors told him he would never walk again, Langevin said he's remained optimistic for a scientific breakthrough that would make it possible.

That's why an executive order Monday lifting federal funding restrictions for embryonic stem cell research has personal meaning for the five-term Democrat. He hopes the science can one day help him ditch his motorized wheelchair and walk on the floor of the U.S. Capitol.

Read more here... http://tinyurl.com/atvzdd

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Must Be Time to Lie About Science Again

Right-wing conservatives are at it again. Since President Barack Obama lifted the date restriction to allow research on stem cell clusters created after 2001, the expected political battle is hot as conservatives claim that a human life is being taken when blastocystic stem cells are used for science.Conservative leaders lobbying Congress are using lies to forward their campaign against research that could help millions of people who suffer from conditions that may be cured or positively affected through stem cell biology.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative think tank says, "With limited tax dollars available, we should not use those funds for research that is at best morally questionable."

I ask Mr. Perkins, “Is flushing or trashing unused ‘embryos’ (as you call them) a better moral choice than using them for research that may save lives?” And, I’d also like to know why telling the truth is not a moral obligation to the right wing party.

Conservatists have reported that adult stem cells have cured or treated 72 diseases, and that embryonic stem cells have cured none.

Well, here is the truth:

Only nine conditions treated with adult stem cells have demonstrated both safety and efficacy in all three phases of clinical trials and are considered as “standard therapy” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treatments. These are: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplasia, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome-X1, and Thalassemia Major.

Due to the pluripotency properties of blastocyst stem cell (that older adult stem cells do not have) has demonstrated that stem cells created from leftover lab-created blastocysts have allowed a paralyzed rat (having spinal cord injury) to walk again. The blastocysts used have not been introduced into a woman’s body and therefore a pregnancy has not occurred and no life is being taken with this research. These blastocysts would have been thrown away had science not rescued them.

Seems like right-wingers would rather continue discarding usable scientific material and spend tax payer money to try and get adult stem cells to behave the same as the “embryonic” cells being tossed.

Research should be done on all types of stem cells, and the truth should be told. Read Right to Recover Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America to learn more.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mom of Paralyzed Teen Applauds Obama's Stem Cell Ruling

FRUIT COVE, FL -- A mother searching for a cure for her son's paralysis says she has new hope, after President Obama lifted restrictions on stem cell research.

Faye Armitage has spent the past eleven years lobbying for stem cell research support across the state, country and planet.

Her 18-year-old son, Jason Armitage, is paralyzed from the nose down.

During a soccer match, then seven-year-old Jason collided with another player on the field. Faye says her son brushed off his injuries at first, and continued playing the game.

The next day, however, brought extreme pain, and nausea.

Faye says doctors at first diagnosed the problem as a concussion.

Read more here.. http://tr.im/hn9o

Friday, March 20, 2009

Blastocystic Cells and Terminology

The controversy over stem cell research could be alleviated with better education. I've tried to explain some of the points about blastocystic cells and terminology that may be confusing to some.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Forward on stem-cell research

PRESIDENT Obama's executive order on embryonic stem-cell research yesterday put the world's most effective supporter of medical innovation - the National Institutes of Health - onto the frontline of a new and promising approach to devastating diseases. The order removes an unjustified hindrance on the ability of American science to seek new treatments.

Obama's action has the support not just of a large majority of the public but of bipartisan majorities in Congress, which twice passed bills for expanded stem cell research vetoed by former President Bush. Obama was quick to note that researchers are far from turning the capacity of embryonic stem cells to develop into all cell types into cures. But he has greatly expanded resources for them.

Read more here.. http://tr.im/hcUM

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Obama Aims to Shield Science From Politics

When President Obama lifts restrictions on funding for human embryonic stem cell research today, he will also issue a presidential memorandum aimed at insulating scientific decisions across the federal government from political influence, officials said yesterday.

"The president believes that it's particularly important to sign this memorandum so that we can put science and technology back at the heart of pursuing a broad range of national goals," Melody C. Barnes, director of Obama's Domestic Policy Council, told reporters during a telephone briefing yesterday.

Read more here http://tinyurl.com/d5v7m4.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Georgia colleges embrace Obama’s stem cell decision

For eight years, scientists have taken extreme measures to continue researching how embryonic stem cells could treat illness and injury.

With limits on federal money for their studies, some set up freestanding labs, with dedicated equipment, to avoid commingling private donations with government grants.

They couldn’t use the same microscope for federally approved research and for analyzing newly derived stem cell lines. They weren’t even sure they could use their university e-mail accounts to discuss their research.

Georgia scientists couldn’t even go that far. Little or no private funding flowed into the state for embryonic stem cell research, forcing scientists at Georgia universities to study only the older lines of stem cells created before President George W. Bush imposed the federal funding limits in 2001.

Read more here http://tinyurl.com/ctl5no.

Monday, March 16, 2009

President Obama's Decision to Remove the Create Date Limit

Here’s a video showing why you can feel good about President Obama’s decision to remove the create date limit on blastocysts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CgmrsbPa1k&feature=channel_page

Nine Conditions Helped by Adult Stem Cell Treatments

Nine conditions have demonstrated both safety and efficacy in all three phases of clinical trials using adult stem cells and are considered as standard therapy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treatments. These are: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplasia, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome-X1, and Thalassemia Major.

Why does the Prentice List tout more than 72 treatments using adult stem cells?

Hematopoietic stem cell replacement of marrow being used in the course of treating many diseases. These stem cells are not treating these illnesses, they allow doctors to use chemo, or irradiation. The marrow cells are then used to replenish the patient's blood supply. The cells are not treating the disease at all. Therefore, it is dishonest to use every instance in which bone marrow is transplanted as part of disease treatment to say that adult stem cells treat 72 diseases. Chemo is treating 72 diseases. Bone marrow transplant is treating one disease in all twelve instances--that being post-chemotherapy bone marrow suppression.

Adult stem cells are only able to do one thing: create more of the same type of cells in their destined progeny. They are not transdifferentiating into many different cell types as blastocystic cells do. Cord blood and placental stem cells being much younger than bone marrow cells, have shown promise in being able to differentiate into different types of cells and treat more illnesses. However, the US has not allowed research to be done on these cells either. And, these cells have no controversy attached to them.

Learn more about all types of stem cells in Yvonne Perry’s groundbreaking book, Right to Recover.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

What Exactly is an Embryo?

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines the term embryo as “an animal in the early stages of growth and differentiation that are characterized by cleavage, the laying down of fundamental tissues, and the formation of primitive organs and organ systems; especially the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week after conception.”

Note: an embryo has tissues and organs; 4- to 5-day-old blastocysts in a lab do not. Implantation and conception are considered separate processes and are not synonymous with fertilization. Conception and fertilization are two distinct and individual events. While fertilization can occur either in a lab or inside a woman’s body, conception can only take place in the womb. Conception occurs when a blastocyst becomes implanted or attached to the lining of the uterus where it begins to receive nourishment for continued development.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Local scientists praise stem cell reversal

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- President Obama has cleared the way for more federal dollars to go to stem cell research, saying he wants scientific decisions based on facts not ideology. The executive order is expected to have a major impact on the Bay Area.

Read more here.. http://tinyurl.com/aafdke

Friday, March 13, 2009

LIers suffering from disease cheer stem cell plan

Louis DeCaro, 57, of Wading River, suffers from Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological condition that affects movement. He is the former president of the Long Island chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association and a former teacher.

"I feel very, very strongly about stem cell research. I feel that it is a ray of hope and it has promise to help the lives of the 1.2 million Americans that are afflicted with the disease. . . . I've had Parkinson's disease for seven years. Has that eight-year void affected me? Absolutely. Eight years is eight years. And in a life of a Parkinson's patient, you can never anticipate or never know when you'll turn for the worse. . . . I've gone to China in 2007, India in 2008. . . . I'm just grateful I'm able to take these trips I've always wanted to take. Just imagine what I could have done if something was done eight years ago."

Read More..

For more information about stem cell research, please read Right to Recover, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. Available on Amazon.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Stem Cell Debate Continues in Colorado

The restriction former Pres. Bush put into place did not make using blastocystic stem cells illegal. It stated that taxpayer money could only be used for stem cell lines created before August 9, 2001. Obama’s reversal will remove the date restriction and allow scientists using newer cell lines to apply for government grants to fund their stem cell research. The newer cells are easier to work with, represent more diversity, and have no mouse feeder cells to contend with.

Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D- Colo.) says, "Many of my pro-life colleagues say this is the ultimate pro-life decision. Because you're taking embryos created to give life, which are no longer needed and going to be thrown away. And you're allowing people to donate them for research that could cure disease and save millions of lives."

Read more…

For more information about stem cell research, please read Right to Recover, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. Available on Amazon.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Obama Ends Stem Cell Research Ban!

Researchers say the newer lines created with private money during the period of the Bush ban are healthier and better suited to creating treatment for diseases.

President Obama said Monday he is allowing federal taxpayer dollars to fund significantly broader research on embryonic stem cells because "medical miracles do not happen simply by accident," and promised his administration would make up for the ground lost under his predecessor. Fulfilling a campaign promise, Mr. Obama signed an executive order expected to set in motion increased research that supporters believe could uncover cures for serious ailments from diabetes to paralysis. Mr. Obama's action, before a packed East Room audience, reverses former President George W. Bush's policy on stem cell research by undoing a 2001 directive that banned federal funding for research into stem lines created after that date.

Read more…

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Obama to Lift Ban on Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Did you hear the good news?

President Obama is planning to sign an executive order at 11 a.m. on Monday to reverse restrictions on federal funding of embryonic (blastocystic) stem cell research. This is an incredible step forward for science.

For more information, visit washingtonpost.com

Monday, March 2, 2009

Town origin of breakthough stem cell research

GROUNDBREAKING stem cell technology developed at a Farnham-based company has been used for the first time to successfully cure brain damage in a stroke victim. Walter Bast, 49, is recovering following an operation in Germany, during which genetically engineered cells were injected into his brain using ‘teabag technology’ pioneered by Biocompatibles Ltd.

The company, which operates from Farnham Business Park, has been working on the new technique of inserting a small bag filled with stem cells into the brain in order to encourage brain cell growth.

To read more click here.. http://tinyurl.com/644mya

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For more information about stem cell research, please read Right to Recover, Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. Available on Amazon.com

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