Monday, January 08, 2007

Compromise on Stem Cell Research Debate? Looks Good So Far

GOI: There seems to be a lot of promise with these amniotic stem cells. And the crucial part is that it appears to strike a middle ground on the controversial issue which is important because the debate (as we all know well) has been hampering research that could save innumerable lives. I hope that this finally brings the two sides together on the stem cell research debate. I am very excited and hopeful about this development as finding middle ground on political issues is so rare these days.

By John Lauerman

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Stem cells from amniotic fluid may open a third avenue of research for scientists seeking to regenerate human tissue that is less controversial than embryonic cells and more versatile than adult stem cells.

The amniotic cells don't carry the same ethical and political concerns as stem cells harvested in a way that requires destruction of embryos. They also are easier to work on in the laboratory than adult stem cells, and may be able to grow into a wider variety of cells, the researchers said.

: I still am for embryonic stem cell research (as of now) as they seem to do more. However, further research into amniotic stem cells could show that they are just as diverse. It would be great if we could have all three known stem cell types (embryonic, adult and amniotic) being researched at the same time. However, I'm willing to compromise on amniotic cells if it means greater research funds and getting closer to medical advances. I await more research:

The cells from amniotic fluid "can clearly generate a broad range of important cell types, but they may not do as many tricks as embryonic stem cells," said Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientist at the stem cell company Advanced Cell Technology. "Either way, I think this work represents a giant step forward for stem cell research."

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Anonymous said...

We in California are ready and waiting to do your research. We've funded our labs, and assembled our brain trust. I only hope this proves out. It could help so many people.

james said...


Go Cali!!!!