Friday, January 30, 2009

Multiple Sclerosis Advancements with Non-Embryonic Stem Cells

Once again, we have news of medical advancements as the result of the use of NON-embryonic stem cells, and this time it's news that hits a personal note for me. Scientists have been able to stabilize or reverse Multiple Sclerosis using haemopoeitic stem cells harvested from the patient's own bone marrow. It essentially allows them to reset the immune system by removing the white blood cells that are attacking the myelin coating around the nerves and using the stem cells to create new white blood cells. While it's not the first time this has been done, it's the first time they've done it in patients with Relapsing-Remitting MS that have only had the disease for a relatively short period of time (about five years or so).

I'm excited about this news because so much progress is being made right now in treating this disease, and doubly so because this is yet another example of medical advancements being achieved using non-embryonic stem cells. The fact remains as well that in over ten years of research now, there is not a single approved treatment or human trial using embryonic stem cells. There are literally dozens upon dozens of therapies and and cures that have been developed using non-embryonic stem cells, including things like bone marrow transplants for leukemia patients. Despite what the media would have you believe, there IS embryonic stem cell research being done...it's simply not federally funded. All the research that has been done thusfar has not produced a single cure or therapy, yet some insist we must ignore ethical concerns about an embryo being a human life and use tax money taken from taxpayers who DO have those ethical concerns to fund further research in a field that has thusfar produced absolutely nothing.

It's ironic that these people have no qualms about destroying life in the name of preserving it.

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10 Comments:

Blogger 明芳綠美 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

11:14 PM  
Blogger 凱許倫 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。............................................................

2:52 PM  
Blogger 凱許倫 said...

Man proposes, God disposes..................................................................

4:34 AM  
Blogger 偉曹琬 said...

這不過是滑一跤,並不是死掉而爬不起來了。..................................................

4:34 AM  
Blogger 1615 said...

變天了~~注意身體,別感冒囉!............................................................

6:50 PM  
Blogger 孫邦柔 said...

No pains, no gains.......................................................................

1:21 AM  
Blogger 翊翊翊翊張瑜翊翊翊 said...

及時行樂-快樂不需要理由............................................................

1:51 AM  
Blogger 佳張張張張燕張張張張張 said...

如果你批評他人。你就沒有時間付出愛......................................................................

12:55 PM  
Blogger 凱許倫 said...

我來湊熱鬧的~~^^ 要平安快樂哦..................................................

10:29 PM  
Blogger 孫邦柔 said...

令人心動的好文章~~............................................................

4:16 AM  

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