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Friday, April 6, 2007

Georgia Getting Wise on Stem Cell Research

The Gwinnett Daily News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution has been a decorative item on my family's living coffee table since I was a child. My dad, the avid read of black and white print, shared current events with anyone who would listen. Many times only the cat and my dad knew what was going on in the world outside our neighborhood.

I found this article in the Gwinnett Daily News today and felt rather proud that my home state had their eyes on a bill aimed at encouraging stem cell research in Georgia. Senator David Shafer, a Republican from Duluth, near my hometown of Doraville (such a country in the city), is Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee who removed a controversial part of the bill regarding human therapeutic cloning in order to pass the remainder of the measure.

Shafer's bill (read more here....) would have created a commission to develop a procedure for volunteers to donate umbilical cord blood, placental tissue and amniotic fluid to a “bank’’ that would be operated by one or more of the state’s universities. But Shafer does not support embryonic stem cell research. Instead, he agrees with the erroneous Prentice List and says that more than 70 treatments and cures have been developed through research using adult stem cells. The Prentice List is not accurate and neither is Shafer.

My book, Right to Recover Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America exposes the Prentice lies and shows that despite a multi-decade head start over blastocyst (embryonic) stem cell research, adult stem cells been shown to improve only about nine conditions on the Prentice list. That’s right, only nine conditions on the Prentice list 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. Those nine are:

1. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
2. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
3. Aplastic Anemia
4. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
5. Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia
6. Multiple Myeloma
7. Myelodysplasia
8. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome-X1
9. Thalassemia Major

You have to remember that my family and I live in the southern states near the buckle of the Bible Belt. Getting any good ol' boy to change his mind or conflict with what the preacher doles out from the pulpit on Sunday is next to impossible. Southern Baptists like my family would rather believe a lie than challenge the "authority" of a religious figure. I've always been an activist and a rebel at heart. It has taken me years to get over being raised in a society of massive co-dependency.

Before my fellow Southerns get their hopes up or down, I have to report that Shafer's bill fell flat when discussion was sidetracked to stall for time to keep from voting on the issue. Southerners can talk the ears off a bull and not say anything important. We're just friendly that way.

However, GA Governor, Sonny Perdue, took notable action when he signed an executive order creating a state commission to develop a network to collect and store donations of umbilical cord blood and other byproducts of childbirth rich in stem cells. Read more about that here...

Sen. David Adelman, D-Decatur, introduced a bill early in this year’s session to encourage research using both embryonic and adult stem cells. Adelman says Perdue is ignoring the potential of embryonic stem cell research. Well, the issue is not going away. It's time to face the facts: we need to pursue and federally fund all types of stem cell research and keep on until we find a cure or treatment for every possible illness or injury.

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