Friday, January 30, 2009

Adult Stem-Cell Update! And Thanks, President Bush!

From Reuters:

Stem cell transplants show promise for MS: study

"By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. researchers have reversed multiple sclerosis symptoms in early stage patients by using bone marrow stem cell transplants to reset the immune system, they said on Thursday.

Some 81 percent of patients in the early phase study showed signs of improvement with the treatment, which used chemotherapy to destroy the immune system, and injections of the patient's bone marrow cells taken beforehand to rebuild it."

As readers of "A Shepherd's Voice" know this is just the latest in the cascade of treatments for diseases and conditions using adult stem-cells.

Why do we thank President Bush? Becuase his moral objection to government funded embryonic stem-cell research played a large part in encouraging businesses and research institutes to switch over to researching adult-stem cells, which turned out be where the treasure was buried.

The Calgary Herald covered this aspect of the issue today: "Results, not Bush, slowed embryonic stem cell research"

As always, Mr. Don Margolis has the latest stem-cell news, including the miraculous (of course, it's not really miraculous, it's just good science) multiple sclerosis story.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney


Anonymous said...

This is great news. Embryonic stem cells are a waste of time, money and life.

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