stem cells

Hyping Embryonic Stem Cells Like It’s 2004

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I thought we were finally finished with all the hype over embryonic stem cell research. During the first decade of the 21st century, that was pretty much all we got in the media, mostly wild hype about pending CURES! CURES! CURES! Adult stem cell successes—already forging ahead at breakneck speed—were mostly ignored, even though the […]

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Stem Cells from Skin Cells Wins Nobel Prize

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This is so deserved! When Shinya Yamanaka visited an embryonic stem cell researcher and looked at embryos under a microscope, he thought of his daughters. That insight changed science history. Yamanaka decided to see if he could create pluripotent stem cells — which can be differentiated into any type of body cell — without destroying […]

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Could Stem Cell Research Allow A Man to Become a Mother?

Scientists have been working in mouse models to transform body cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, and from there into sperm and eggs. Researchers in Kyoto, Japan have been able to use these cells in fertilization, resulting in some healthy and fertile offspring being born. From the Wall Street Journal story: Japanese scientists have made […]

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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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Ethics? What Ethics? Results!

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC’s New Media Manager Think Progress carries an interesting article on stem cell research and the 2012 election. In the end, “Why Stem Cells Are 2012′s Sleeper Issue” asserts that “the science [of stem cells] is far too unsettled to make clear determinations about which research [embryonic or non-embryonic] is most likely […]

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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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Stem Cell Treatments Are Drugs

I think this is the right decision. A federal judge has ruled that stem cell treatments that manipulate the cells into another form are drugs for purposes of FDA oversight. From the New Scientist story: It’s official: stem cells are drugs. At least, that’s the opinion of the US district court in Washington DC, which […]

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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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UMass Stem Cell Bank Closes

Ah, the heady days of trying to overcome the evil BUSH!’s minor embryonic stem cell funding restrictions. You know, the ones that resulted in hundreds of millions spent in human embryonic stem cell research. Back in those days when hype and lies ruled the biotech discourse, states were tripping over each other in an Oklahoma […]

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No Patent Pending for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The ruling from the European Court of Justice that prevents patenting embryonic stem cell-derived products is biting. The UK’s patenting authority has stated it will not approve patents of products that result from the destruction of human embryos. From the Out-law.com story: The Intellectual Property […]

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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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The California Institute for Regenerative Mendacity

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Here’s how the pro embryonic stem cell/human cloning advocacy game is played. First, the public faces of patients and their loved ones promise CURES! CURES! CURES! Then, when you call the campaign on the mendacity, they claim, “The scientists have never said that in the […]

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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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Pluripotent Stem Cells? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pluripotent Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Yes,the headline is hyperbole, but scientists may be closing in on a method of “direct reprogramming” that could change one type of cell into another without first going through the “stem cell” stage. Specifically, scientists made nerve cells out of skin cells. From the Phys.Org.com […]

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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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Eggs Made From Stem Cells Will Lead to Mass Human Cloning

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Scientists have announced that they have made mature eggs from ovarian stem cells. They want to fertilize said eggs and experiment on the embryos before destroying them after 14 days. From the Independent story: The first human egg cells that have been grown entirely in […]

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