"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett
I think the main issue here is that when we bring up "stem cells" in a discussion many automatically think "embryonic". The news outlets have been fairly quite on "adult" stem cells which come from cord blood or bone marrow out of fully grown adults. In one case there was a woman from China who was temporarily healed of paralysis through adult stem cells being used in a spinal procedure. To date, adult stem cell research has made some huge leaps in possible cures for major diseases while not being a partisan issue.
In the future it might be best to be more specific on the type of cells used when discussing this issue. "Embryonic" stem cells are a very partisan issue.
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Maybe you mean that he meant that people are wising up to the benefits of such research? That's what I thought. But what does that really mean? Who is he talking about?
I suspect that he's talking about those who oppose ESCR that relies on destroying embryoes. This instance of stem cell treatment doesn't address the argument about such ESCR.
So who is he referring to?
I think it was American that was criticized for bringing left/right politics into this thread, but I would contend, unless AA responds, that AA was the first.
2) Adult stem cell research has been the only stem cell research to yield any treatments to date. I think the first embryonic stem cell treatment just entered trials and, interestingly enough, that treatment was not derived from ESCR relying on the destruction of embryoes.
3) Adult stem cell research doesn't have the partisan disagreement that embryonic stem cells do because the adult stem cells don't have the associated moral and ethical implications that embryo-destroying ESCR does.
Just sayin...not criticizing you.
Last edited by JMak; 02-13-09 at 03:11 PM.
I'm extremely excited about stem cell research and I don't give a rats ass whether it's embryonic or otherwise. I'll let the special interest/pro-life/pro-choice whoevers argue their religion and morality to their hearts content. It doesn't effect me one way or the other except when it blocks potentially life saving/quality of life improving medical science.
I have a degenerative retinopathy that has no cure or even a treatment to slow the progression of the disease. I'll probably be blind within the next ten to fifteen years. Right now stem cell research has shown great promise in potentially curing so many diseases, mine included.
This is extremely good to hear.