Epic Fail: Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Epic Fail: For some things, there's just no excuse

Investors Business Daily reports the institute created by California Proposition 71 to research medical applications of Embryonic Stem Cells has quietly begun shifting it’s research focus to Adult Stem Cells.

Quick rehash: Embryonic Stem Cells are the result of abortions, the designer baby process, in vitro fertilization, and other procedures of a morally ambiguous to morally evil nature. Adult Stem Cells are derived from adult human adipose (fat) and other sources all given voluntarily, usually by the very person who will be benefiting directly from the treatment.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research (ESCR) = Morally murky, usually objectionable.

Adult Stem Cell Research (ASCR) = Morally good.

Now back to the story.

Five years later, ESCR has failed to deliver and backers of Prop 71 are admitting failure. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state agency created to, as some have put it, restore science to its rightful place, is diverting funds from ESCR to research that has produced actual therapies and treatments: adult stem cell research. It not only has treated real people with real results; it also does not come with the moral baggage ESCR does.

To us, this is a classic bait-and-switch, an attempt to snatch success from the jaws of failure and take credit for discoveries and advances achieved by research Prop. 71 supporters once cavalierly dismissed. We have noted how over the years that when funding was needed, the phrase “embryonic stem cells” was used. When actual progress was discussed, the word “embryonic” was dropped because ESCR never got out of the lab.

Alan Trounson, stem cell pioneer in Australia and director of the California institute says “If we went 10 years and had no clinical treatments, it would be a failure.”

In other words, as I’ve mentioned here before, Embryonic Stem Cell Research fails. Epicly. Again.

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  2. I won't comment on Embryonic, but Adult Stem Cell Therapy does work. My mom was diagnosed with MS about 8 years ago while some of her basic motor skills, most notably being able to walk, steadily deteriorated. 2 years ago she went to San Jose, Costa Rica for stem cell therapy where they took some of her own fat cells, healthy ones, grew millions more of them, and then re-injected them back into her body over the course of a month. I am happy to say that a lot of her symptoms (extreme burning sensations, incontenance, she can now walk more than a block without the need to rest or the use of her walker) have subsided. What bothers me is the fact that therapy of this kind is nowhere near as far along in America as it is in a 3rd world developing country like Costa Rica. Costa Rica is predominantly a Catholic country, so the bible-beaters who have slowed our progress are clearly not in line on this one. Let's get with the program!

  3. I know of no "bible beaters" who have slowed the advance of Adult Stem Cell Research (ACSR).

    Like you I agree completely and wholeheartedly that ASCR has been enormously successful. Perhaps some of the reason it has not advanced quite so much as it should have or could have is for all the media pressure brought to bear in support of ESCR (Embryonic Stem Cell Research). Private companies have been the main investors in ACSR, while the government has been pressured (and politicized) into funding ESCR (one of President Obama's early actions). Perhaps if the government got out of the business of supporting any form of this altogether, the attention would end up where it ought to and we'd get to hear all the amazing stories of lives saved and improved through the application of adipose (fat) or marrow derived ASCR.
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