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Texas Legislators Seek to Limit Funds for Human Embryo Destruction

Senator Steve Ogden is a Texas Hero! Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, though, said critics exaggerate what his 24-word “budget rider” would do. He said it simply assures that the budget’s $700 million for research doesn’t underwrite destruction of embryos. “There is a significant moral concern amongst many Texans that a human embryo really meets every … Continue reading

>Clues to how blood stem cells become activated (adult stem cells)

>The National Institute of Health has a news release about research done with NIH funding. The researchers explored how hematopoietic or blood cell producing adult stem cells are activated. The NIH article is very detailed, but easy to read and understand. An adaptation of the press release is at Science Daily. The research article was … Continue reading

>Obama will fund more losing embryonic stem cell research (New Yellow Brick Award to the President)

>Just days after we hear about functioning induced Pluripotent stem cells from adult skin cells, cells that can produce dopamine, the proteins missing in Parkinson’s disease, we read that President Obama is going to overturn the limits on funding for embryonic stem cell research. Despite the fact that these cells match the patient because they … Continue reading

>Non-embryonic stem cells to cure Parkinson’s?

>The journal, Cell, has published an article (free abstract, full article and supplements for purchase) on patient-derived induced Pleuripotent Stem Cells (iPSC’s) that appear to be brain neurons that produce dopamine, which is lacking in Parkinson’s patients. Besides being derived from the patient’s own skin cells (they won’t be rejected and are cheaper and more … Continue reading

>AMA: "People aren’t going to waste time on Embryonic Stem Cells, anymore"

> A member of the “lobby group Comment on Reproductive Ethics” maintains that there are “some scientists who like to hold on to what they’ve got, but” she doesn’t “think people are going to waste time on embryonic stem cells any more.” (Josephine Quintanelle, quoted in the Guardian, 3/1/09) The American Medical Association sends its … Continue reading

Human-animal embryos don’t work for stem cell production

The New Scientist has a good review article that explains a new research report from Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology, that attempts with “thousands” of embryos created by placing human DNA into the oocytes or eggs of animals have failed to produce stem cells. NatureNews, the news arm of the journal, Nature discusses the … Continue reading

Adult stem cells in MS for reversal

In Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the immune system of a patient turns on his or her nervous system, destroying the myelin sheaths that serve as insulation around nerves, disrupting the transmission of nerve signals. The myelin damage often occurs in a patchy manner, at first. See the Medline Plus page from the National Institutes for Health … Continue reading

Fox builds hen house

In the same set of news alerts that notified me of the Vatican’s condemnation of cloning and embryonic stem cell research, I read that Insoo Hyun is the lead author of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells. The Guidelines are also published on line at … Continue reading

“Tea-bag” Adult Stem Cell Treatment for Stroke

British researchers report an amazing recovery for a 49 year old man who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on October 15, 2008. The researchers at the company, “Biocompatibles,” used adult stem cells from a healthy donor. The cells had been engineered to cause them to produce a protein that helps prevent “programmed” cell death (even after … Continue reading

>Trash from Reuters on Stem Cells

>Just read the first two sentences of this article. By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stem cells from tiny embryos can be used to restore lost hearing and vision in animals, researchers said Tuesday in what they believe is a first step toward helping people. One team repaired hearing in guinea … Continue reading

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