adult stem cells

This Week in Bioethics

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1. Hippocratic Telemedicine? Perhaps, like me, you have received emails from your health insurance company or seen ads on your social media letting you know about options that will allow you to “see” a health care provider by phone, email, webcam, or even text. According to the Wall Street Journal, if you haven’t received such […]

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Embryonic Stem Cells Cheered Better Adult Ignored

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This has been a pattern for more than a decade in the media. Success after success in adult stem cell research receives scant press attention. In humans! Then, an animal embryonic stem cell success in the same field happens and the media turn summersaults. Latest example, in heart regenerative medicine. From the Business Insider story […]

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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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Ethical Cells Build Working Kidney

This story demonstrates both the tremendous potential of ethical biotechnology and the continuing need for using animals in scientific research. A rat kidney has been built from “adult” cells and successfully transplanted into an animal. From The Guardian story: Scientists have grown a kidney in a laboratory and shown that it works when implanted into […]

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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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Adult Stem Cells Into Brain Cells

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Once again, so much for embryonic stem cells being the “only hope.” Scientists have turned bone marrow cells into brain cells. From the U.S.News and World Report story: Scientists have discovered an antibody that can turn stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow directly into brain cells, a potential breakthrough in the treatment of neurological […]

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Stem Cell Hypocrisy

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Oh brother. Nature has editorialized against exaggerating adult stem cell potentials for medical cures, which it claims occurred at a Vatican stem cell conference. From “Smoke and Mirrors:” Many scientists around the world were appalled by the events in Rome, and rightly so. It is wrong to exploit the desperation of the disabled and the […]

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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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Adult Stem Cell Clinic Moves to Mexico

I am a huge supporter of adult stem cell research. But it needs to be done in the right way. Moreover, research subjects should never be charged for their own experiments as part of a for profit business — which, unfortunately, Texas permits legally — but that is not binding on the FDA. Now, an […]

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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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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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Skin Cells Become Beating Heart Tissue

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good ethics and good science are an unbeatable combination. For example, I believe that in part due to President Bush’s keeping the focus on the value of human embryonic life, scientists looked for ways to get the hoped for benefits of embryonic stem cells, without […]

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Michael J. Fox Finally Gets Real

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC “Victim celebrities,” Ralph Nader calls them, by which he means, people who have been victimized by an abusive act or policy. They often make the best political activists against it because they bring the principle down to the personal level. But there are also “celebrity […]

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Texas Should Not Let Doctors Charge for Adult Stem Cell Research

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I oppose off-label prescribing. I oppose states legalizing medical marijuana when it should be done by changing the Controlled Substances Act. I oppose novel interventions upon the disabled, such as “Ashley’s Treatment,” without proper regulatory studies and approval. I would certainly oppose a state allowing […]

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Adult Stem Cells Grow New Heart Blood Vessel

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The good adult stem cell successes keep on pouring in. The latest: A little girl with a defective heart is being given a better chance at life. From the Wall Street Journal story: Four-year-old Angela Irizarry was born with a single pumping chamber in her […]

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