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Friday, November 28, 2008

Russia is Coming Up in the Stem Cell World

In Russia, stem cell research has been behind the rest of the world. Until now, that is. This new program will have a maximum budget of 120 million Russian rubles (about 5 million US dollars). The research will focus on three aspects of stem cell research: developing stem cell technologies and treatment for traumatic skin injures; diabetes stem cell therapy and the utilization of stem cells in treating cardio-vascular diseases, including heart attacks.

Read more at Inventor's Spot

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Diabetes and Stem Cell Research

Diabetes is sometimes viewed as the most promising area of regenerative medicine. The disease is associated with the death of the beta cells within the pancreas. These are cells that make and secrete insulin. The capability of restoring these cells would provide a long-lived source of insulin to the recipient. Unlike with current treatments, these transplanted cells ought to restore the body’s normally fine-tuned control over insulin secretion and blood sugar.

The potential for stem cell research to lead to ways to replenish lost cells — and restore crucial functions in those with diseases ranging from heart disease and neurological disorders to diabetes — emerged clearly from a panel discussion presented by the UCSF Foundation on Thursday in Palo Alto.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What Does the Latter-day Saints Church Say about ESCR?

Many people are inquiring about the Latter-day Saints' stance on stem cell research. As a result, the LDS Church recently released a statement at http://lds.about.com/library/bl/faq/blstemcell.htm. Do you believe stem cell research is ethical? Take the quiz while you are there and see the results.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Stem Cell Interests Buoyed by Obama Pledge

A sea change in stem cell industry investment is coming, says Richard Garr.

The CEO of Neuralstem happened to be in New York last week, pitching his company to prospective investors, when a member of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team said one of Obama's first priorities as president will be to lift the federal ban on funding embryonic stem cell research imposed by President George W. Bush nearly eight years ago.



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Stem Cell Research Adds to Optimism, Growth of Tech Sector

The state's biotech community is still euphoric in the wake of the passage of Proposal 2, which amended the state constitution to remove most restrictions against embryonic stem cell research.

Easy passage of a federal law is expected early in President-elect Barack Obama's first term to allow federal funds for such research, and the National Institutes of Health is expected to dole out millions of dollars in grants.

Read more here...http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20081116/FREE/311169984/1068


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Is it ethical

Edna says her family members and friends might be helped by stem cell research but she isn't sure it is ethical. Read her ponderings at http://grandmahenke.com/grandma/?p=1123

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Living Human Beings Have a Right to Recover

The entire human body has stem cells but some have already become the only thing they can be. For example, liver cells can only reproduce more liver cells.

Younger stem cell (multipotent and pluripotent) have more capabilities than established stem cells. Therefore, cord blood has more potential for curing illness than "older" or unipotent stem cells. 

The cells that are meeting with controversy are the ones called embryonic stem cells. They have the most potential because they can become any type of cell. Scientists want to program them in the lab to grow new parts and repair bodies. These cells are created in vitro for fertility purposes. When the owners no longer need them, the cells will be thrown away. These stem cells could be used for research but right wing ultra-conservatives have made a big deal about them being "babies" instead of the blastocyst cells they are. 

I'm more concerned about the opportunity we are throwing away. These cells could create a better life and improved health for living humans who are suffering than I am about arguing whether or not live begins in a petri dish or in the uterus.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Where Are the Cures?

It has been years since Hans Keirstead worked his biological magic, injecting stem cells into rats with severed spinal cords and thus making them walk almost normally. But the real miracle—since other experiments, too, have cured paralysis in lab animals—is that Geron Corp. plans to test the technique in people next year. Between Keirstead's experiment and Geron's trial lie these obstacles: Keirstead, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, had to invent instruments to squirt the stem cells into spinal cords ("what do we academics know about developing medical devices?" he asked me), find someone to try the technique in monkeys ("I know two researchers who handle monkeys; you have to get in line"), ramp up production of the stem cells ("it meant going from pipettes to this massive hydraulic setup") and … well, more industrial-strength biology that he wasn't trained in, that the government rarely funds and that brings exactly zero glory to a university scientist. "We hacked through the jungle and paved the road," Keirstead said. "But how many others are willing to do that?"

Read the rest of the story at http://www.newsweek.com/id/166856


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Three Great Victories, and a New Age?

Three great victories have been won: now we must utilize the opportunity they bring.

1. First, the Presidency and the elective offices.

In Barrack Obama, we have a man who has the potential to be as great as Lincoln . He can think, he is not afraid, and he is on our side. Our prayers go with him.

Also, the shifting of Congress and the Senate was overwhelmingly in our favor. The defeat of Senators like Elizabeth Dole and John Sununu meant fewer anti-researchers to have to cope with. On the positive side, strong supporters like Kay Hagan, Jeanne Shaheen and Vickie Englund give us much to smile about.

2. Second, embryonic stem cell research is no longer controversial: that has been forever settled by Michigan ’s Proposal 2, which (in an extraordinarily conservative state) took on the issue: to allow the use of blastocysts left over from In Vitro Fertility procedures.

The opposition knew this was a crucial test of strength. The Religious Right brought in their big guns, and made Michigan a social battleground state. They funded a massive propaganda attack, expensive TV ads in a Falsehood-a-Week ad campaign, with massive financial backing from the Catholic Church and ideological groups.

Michiganians took the heat for everyone. Almost alone, that small state fought. We outsiders should have done a lot more. Some did help: Bob Klein came out to fight for the finances to make the campaign possible. The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research endorsed the effort. Individuals (especially, one great man, A. Albert Taubman, a champion of research, made the campaign possible with his generosity--) but by and large, the campaign was on its own.

After a somewhat muddled and confused beginning, Michiganians came together in a white heat of unity.

When the votes were counted, Proposal 2 had prevailed.

They won, for all of us.

3. The third victory was the overwhelming defeat of the “personhood” effort, Amendment 48 of Colorado, the attempt to give a sperm-and-egg microscopic blastocyst citizenship rights. Fortunately, this was recognized as the nonsense it was—dangerous nonsense—and it was crushed, losing nearly three to one.

The leaders in that victory were the Women’s rights groups: NOW , NARAL, Planned Parenthood : who saw it (quite rightly) as a threat to a woman’s right to choose. For us in the regenerative medicine movement, the “personhood” movement could well have ended embryonic stem cell research.

Three victories: the national implications are huge. Regenerative research is no longer controversial; and we have men and women in the White House, Congress and Senate who support our efforts.

Now is the time to ask for a lot.

When President Bush was in office, the best we could hope for was the very cautious Castle/DeGette bill: the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act: a little permissions bill. Even that was vetoed by President Bush.

That was then, this is now.

Today, our cause has been proven right.

We must no longer plead timidly for permission to do the research. That can be accomplished by the stroke of a Presidential pen. On his first day in office, President Obama can reverse the Bush restrictions, which means we do not need Castle/DeGette.

If Castle/DeGette goes forward at all, it should be substantively rewritten.

We may only have one major “ask”—we must think carefully on what to ask for.

What we need now is money to do research, all across the nation.

We must think in terms of doubling or tripling the budget of the National Institutes for Health (NIH), because we are up against the most gigantic health problems (literally) in the history of the world. An extra billion or two (not even enough to make up for inflation losses after 5 years of flat funding)—that is nothing compared to the need.

Just as we would unify against an invasion of our country—imagine how we would react to a “body count” of one hundred million killed or wounded—even so we must come together to fund regenerative medicine.

We must think of the NIH like the Defense Department: one fights with guns against invaders, the other uses test tubes—but both are fighting to save lives.

We must no longer be splinter groups, weak and divided, but come together instead as what we are: a nation and a world working together against the common threat of chronic disease and disability.

If we can see beyond ourselves, and act on our better convictions, a new Age begins.
Don C. Reed
Sponsor, Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act
Founder and Co-Chair, Californians for Cures

Don Reed is also Vice President of Public Policy for Americans for Cures Foundation; opinions voiced here as an individual may or may not reflect those of the Foundation.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Cord Blood Stem Cell Breakthroughs: Cure For Diabetes?

Cord blood, also called placental blood, is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord following birth, after the umbilical cord is cut. Generally, this blood is disposed of with the placenta and umbilical cord. There is much controversy regarding the use of stem cell research as it pertains to the use of embryos. However, there have been new scientific breakthroughs in the field of stem cell research using cord blood stem cells from living babies.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Stem Cell Technology Enters the Anti-Aging Skin Care Market

Stem cell technology and anti-aging skin care is a new phenomenon sweeping the cosmetics industry. In 2005, rumors began to surface about a stem cell based mystery skin cream that was not only the most controversial, but also the most sought after anti-aging cream in the world. Consumers were seeking Amatokin, a product which is now more readily available as a result of its recent and exclusive launch at Bloomingdales.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Areas To Consider When Expanding Your Stem Cell Research Investment Opportunities

Companies are often looking for opportunities to develop their business further. In the stem cell research area it is important that you have the right staff and the right backing in the region you are moving into. North East England has one of the highest concentrations of stem cells researchers in the UK.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Current Science Article - Stem Cell Research in the Spotlight Once Again

Recent discoveries about the role of stem cells in cancer have altered the landscape of cancer research, says Medical News Today. There is, however, a long-running philosophical rift over stem cell research at both the state and federal levels. Some groups would rather focus on adult stem cell research, avoiding the moral and ethical questions about research involving embryos. While ethical debate on human embryonic stem cells will continue, much more is occurring on the rings surrounding this bull's-eye issue, including research in both drug development and adult stem cells.

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