adult stem cell research

Adult Stem Cells Used to Create Human Heart

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Earlier this week scientists announced that they had successfully grown a human heart using stem cells. That in itself is a major development. But to the surprise of many these stem cells did not come from embryos, but rather skin cells, making this not only a major development, but an ethical one too. The ability […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Adult Stem Cell Treatment Effective Against MS Science Alert reported earlier this week that blood stem cells are proving effective in treating multiple sclerosis patients. This is a very promising development as it once more proves that adult stem cells can be successfully used for healing and treatment—eliminating the need for embryonic stem cells. […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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California Legislators Attempt Sly Maneuver to Reintroduce Physician Assisted Suicide On the heels of a California judge refusing to allow for physician assisted suicide in the state, lawmakers have once more reintroduced legislation on the matter—this time in a special session hoping to bypass legislators that oppose the practice. In a sly move, these legislators […]

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My Predictions in Bioethics Right Again!

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Can you believe a year has come and gone since I last told you what would happen, before it happened, in bioethics? Maybe it’s my increasing age, but time is passing too fast! So, how did I do? Not as well as in years past, but still an A-. Let’s take a look: The Affordable […]

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We Can’t Let CIRM History be Rewritten

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Proposition 71, which brought the misbegotten California Institute for Regenerative Medicine into being, was sold to voters in a blatantly mendacious campaign based on embryonic stem cell hype of CURES! CURES! CURES! and outright lies about the then state of regenerative medical science. Its administration has been marked by arrogance, conflict of interest, cronyism. And […]

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Follow $ to Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Research!

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Ten years ago, we were in the midst of a heated national debate over embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). Proponents castigated opponents (like me) as “anti-science,” and theocratic for opposing ESCR federal funding based on ethical concerns. When we claimed that alternatives to embryonic stem cells showed great promise, we were derided as Luddites. Embryonic […]

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Umbilical Stem Cells Wake Up PVS Child

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Wow. A child with cerebral palsy who suffered a cardiac arrest and became — they thought — permanently unconscious, appears to have been successfully treated with his own stored umbilical cord blood stem cells. From the ScienceDaily story: Bochum’s medics have succeeded in treating cerebral palsy with autologous cord blood. Following a cardiac arrest with […]

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Another Day, Another Adult Stem Cell Success

This is still experimental, but the little girl who had a new windpipe built from her bone marrow cells won’t care. From the AP story: A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment. […]

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Kansas: Midwest Center for Stem Cell Therapy — No Embryonic Allowed

A bill authored by my pal Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook that would establish a stem cell center in Kansas — no embryonic research allowed — has passed the Kansas Senate. From the legislative summary: The bill would state that all funds and facilities of the Center must be dedicated to treatments and research with adult, […]

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Human Hearts Built From Adult Stem Cells

Opponents of unethical stem cell research have always believed that scientists would be able to develop a robust regenerative medical sector without needing to create and/or destroy nascent human lives. And indeed, we have seen the invention of induced pluripotent stem cells — made from normal human tissues — that are already being used in […]

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Paralyzed Dogs Walk Again

This technique has been already shown great hope in humans, but not nearly so dramatically as what has now happened with dogs in the UK. Adult stem cells taken from dogs’ own noses have restored mobility in animals with long term spinal cord injury. From the Telegraph story: Paralysed dogs have been helped to walk […]

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Cadaver Brain Tissues Used to Make Stem Cells

I reported the other day on Shinya Yamanaka’s well deserved Nobel Prize for inventing induced pluripotent stem cells. Now, scientists have used the process — using cadaver brain cells — that may be of great use in studying neurological and mental illnesses. From the Fox News story: Cells from corpses might play a key role […]

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Objections to Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Vetted

Recently, I was tagged on twitter about a blog post entitled “Pro-Life Objections to Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.” On a number of occasions, especially when I screen our documentary film Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, I am asked the questions this post raises. That’s when I turn to the various experts CBC […]

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NYT Front Page Adult Stem Cell Story

I couldn’t believe my eyes: But there it was, right on the front page of the New York Times: “A First: Organs Tailor-Made With Body’s Own Cells.” The story goes into great detail describing an Iceland research success in which a dying man’s trachea was fabricated using plastic and the patient’s own cells, still functional […]

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Nerve Cell Transplant Clinical Trial for Spinal Cord Injury Approved

Human trials are ongoing for chronic spinal cord injury using adult stem cells. Now, the FDA is approving a human safety trial using patients’ own spinal cells for acute spinal cord injury — the kind of injury sought to be improved by the now defunct Geron embryonic stem cell human trial. From the press release: […]

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First CA Instit for Regenerative Med FDA Approved Trial Adult Stem Cells!

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) was sold to a gullible public on the promise of developing embryonic stem cell and therapeutic cloning CURES! CURES! CURES! that the eeeevilll Bush was thwarting. But, when that didn’t work out — and desperate to show some progress for all the money CIRM has sucked up on […]

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Fat Stem Cells Into Bone Casts Light On Advocates’ Lies

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The great embryonic stem cell debate has really faded, hasn’t it? I mean, when was the last time you heard the, “ESCs are the ONLY HOPE for CURES! CURES! CURES!” nonsense? I think there are several causes for the carnival folding up its tents and […]

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Reprogrammed Skin Cells Treat Huntington’s in Rats

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good science and good ethics go together like bread and butter. Now, scientists have used cell reprogramming to treat Huntington’s disease — which killed Woodie Guthrie and remains incurable — in rats. From the Michigan Live story: A stem cell treatment investigated for Huntington’s disease […]

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