Three exciting news stories about ethical stem cell treatments this month

Editor’s note. This appears on the blog of the Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization. Three exciting news stories about stem cell therapies – none of which involves the destruction of human embryos – have been announced this month. Stem cells have great promise in providing treatments for degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, diabetes and various …

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Adult Stem Cells Used to Save Man from Terminal Tracheal Cancer

By Dave Andrusko What a story, and what a remarkable testimony of the power of adult stem cells. A 36-year-old Swedish man, diagnosed with terminal tracheal cancer, returned home this week after being given a  new trachea grown entirely from his own stem cells using a synthetic scaffold in an operation that took place June …

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California Stem Cell Agency Helps Executives, Not Patients

By David Prentice Jack Dolan of the Los Angeles Times takes California’s stem cell agency (California Institute of Regenerative Medicine– CIRM) to task for the exorbitant salaries paid to its executives, while other California agencies cut back and the state wrestles with covering an enormous budget deficit. Investment banker Jonathan Thomas was elected the new …

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Human Neurons from Skin Cells

By David Prentice Editor’s note. The following appeared last week at Dr. Prentice’s great blog. The second part–the precursor to the good news at Stanford—is taken from an entry Dr. Prentice wrote last year. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Scientists at Stanford report that they can turn human skin cells directly into functioning nerve cells in the lab dish. …

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COURT OF APPEALS RULING ALLOWS FEDERAL FUNDING OF EMBRYO-KILLING STEM CELL RESEARCH

  WASHINGTON — Overturning an earlier preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ruled 2-1 to allow continued federal funding of embryo-killing stem cell research. Last August Judge Lamberth enjoined using federal money for research that requires the killing of human …

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Misinformation, poor thinking in an age of biotechnology

  Editor’s note. I’ve twice written about Timothy Atchison, the first patient to receive an infusion of a drug made of human embryonic stem cells, who for his own reasons decided to reveal his identity to a Washington Post reporter. The following, from the blog of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, offers an excellent overview of …

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Another Example of Being Mislead by Outrageous Claims for Embryonic Stem Cells

By Dave Andrusko One of the stories we wrote about last week that garnered the most response was about 21-year-old Timothy J. Atchison. For whatever combination of reasons Mr. Atchison talked to the Washington Post’s Rob Stein and revealed his identity as the  first patient to receive an infusion of a drug made of human embryonic …

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Media Bias On Stem Cell/Cloning Debates Still Biased

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appears on Wesley’s fine blog. I have written about the ubiquitous media bias in the stem cell/cloning debates so often that I feel like I am trying to empty the ocean with a cup. But it is worth noting that my Discover Institute colleague, David Klinghoffer, take a …

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Charlie Knuth: Adult Stem Cell Success Story Returns Home to “Hero’s Welcome”

By Dave Andrusko Last week, we posted a couple of entries about the preposterous mischaracterization of legislation to make sure that in Minnesota there is no state funding for human cloning. Opponents falsely insisted the ban was really about banning funding for embryonic stem cell—which is transparently is NOT—for the simple reason there is virtually …

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Opponents of Cloning Ban Need a Course in Stem Cells 101

By Dave Andrusko Thanks to those of you who so generously responded to an analysis of  the opposition to a proposal to prevent the funding of human cloning in Minnesota [www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/04/critics-of-human-cloning-ban-are-guilty-of-the-very-mistakes-attributed-to-proponents]. To make sense of where opponents are coming from, you could do a lot worse than read an op-ed that ran yesterday in the …

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Ethically and Medically Dubious Experiment Using Embryonic Stem Cells

  By Dave Andrusko In this morning’s Washington Post, we read that the identity of the first patient to receive an infusion of a drug made of human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) has been revealed. It is a partially paralyzed 21-year-old Alabama nursing student by the name of Timothy J. Atchison. How this was arranged …

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