By Dave Andrusko “Groundbreaking” is often overused in describing advances in medical treatments, but the surgical creation of a windpipe for a little girl born without one certain merits the superlative. Hannah Warren, now 2 ½, was born without a trachea, a condition that is over time virtually 100 percent fatal. The New York Times …Continue reading "Medical first as toddler receives lifesaving windpipe transplant made from stem cells from her own bone marrow"
By Wesley J. Smith Never has so much hype been shoveled than the CURES! CURES! CURES! propaganda that sold embryonic stem cell research to the American public. That hasn’t worked out so well in actual practice, but the white elephant that is the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine [CIRM]–with a renewal election coming up next …Continue reading "Teaching Stem Cell Scientists How to Hype"
By Dave Andrusko The improvement was called “a small but hopeful step,” but had the improvement in monkeys with Parkinson’s been the result of the infusion of embryonic stem cells rather than adult stem cells, it would been trumpeted all over the front pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times. But, be …Continue reading "Adult stem cell transplant improves motor functions in monkeys suffering from Parkinson’s Disease"
By Wesley J. Smith 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 …Continue reading "Paralyzed Dogs Walk Again"
By Wesley J. Smith At the height of the great Embryonic Stem Cell Hype, Hwang Woo-suk fraudulently claimed to have created human cloned embryos and derived stem cells there from. He paid a price in reputation but not his freedom, despite obtaining research grants under false pretenses. Now, another Korean stem cell scientist stands accused …Continue reading "Another Korean Stem Cell Study Scandal"
By Dave Andrusko Perhaps after you watched Tim Tebow and the Broncos defeat the Steelers last night, you stuck around to watch “60 Minutes” investigative report of “Stem Cell Fraud” It was well done, and in conjunction with a brief follow up today on “CBS This Morning,” it presents viewers with very useful information about …Continue reading "“60 Minutes” Investigation of Sham Stem Cell Therapies"
By Dave Andrusko It’s already Thursday, meaning there is only one day left in the week to talk about stories that are important to pro-lifers. Let me quickly summarize three stories, lest they get lost in the shuffle. The Michigan Blood Cord Blood Bank in Northeast Grand Rapids “recently marked the delivery of its 100th …Continue reading "A Three-Part Smorgasbord to end the day"
By Dave Andrusko National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias ends the week with a reminder that “we’re never done educating on pro-life topics.” NRLC has written literally a hundred plus articles on “stem cell research,” but an honest inquiry on NRLC’s Facebook page reminded Mrs. Tobias that the subject area …Continue reading "What’s Airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Questions About Stem Cells”"
By Wesley J. Smith Remember Ron Reagan’s nonsense speech about embryonic stem cell research (actually human cloning research) at the 2004 Democratic Convention? Media swooned at the garbage and the hype (e.g., Parkinson’s cures around 2014, “self repair kits” stored in hospitals). Come to think of it, the media still reports the issue as if …Continue reading "Only The Stem Cell News Biased Media Sees Fit to Print"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. We’ve written twice about a very important ruling by the European Union’s highest court that scientists can’t patent stem cells if they are obtained by destroying human embryos. As is often the case, Wesley Smith adds additional important insights, some of which we share here from a column that …Continue reading "A European Victory for Ethical Stem Cell Research"
By Dr. Peter Saunders The New Scientist editorial this week, ‘In praise of stem-cell simplicity’, gives a fantastic overview of exciting new avenues in ethical stem cell research which are opening up. It should be required reading for all UK science journalists who sadly use press releases from the biotechnology industry or briefings from the …Continue reading "‘In praise of stem cell simplicity’ – brilliant New Scientist Editorial"
By Dave Andrusko In another post today, we’ve combined three posts from Dr. David Prentice which tell us two important things. First, there continues to be tremendous forward movement in therapies that uses adult stem cells to treat flesh-and-blood patients. Second, that proponents of the morally unacceptable embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) are still in …Continue reading "When it Comes to Stem Cells, Media often reports not the actual story, but the story they want to report"