Success With Adult Stem Cells Keep Piling Up; Embryonic Not So Much

by Duane Lester | July 2, 2008 2:21 am

As one of the supposed anti-science conservatives liberals are always yammering on about, I was glad when President Bush vetoed the increase in federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. I wrote[1] about adult stem cell success stories, and since June of last year, there have been even more exciting treatments:

That is just five examples of many. There are articles showing that adult stem cells may “may force Crohn’s disease into retreat[10]“, they can “improve healing of fractures[11],” and “are already giving some patients a new lease on life.[12]”

But what of the embryonic stem cell? What about the issue that helped catapult Claire McCaskill into Jim Talent’s Senate Seat? You remember Michael J. Fox, don’t you? He helped Missouri liberals amend the state constitution[13] with his commercial for Senator McCaskill.[14]

According to “the head of the UK National Stem Cell Network,” embryonic stem cell research is a flop[15]:

Despite his own reservations that stem cell work may not live up to its hype, Lord Patel said he was hopeful of finding treatments for serious diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease and even disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

“Are there any signs that this could happen? Yes there are, particularly in animal experiments that suggest this might be possible,” Lord Patel said.

“In terms of embryonic stem cell therapy, there is currently no such therapy that is available in a large number of patients.

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association[16] study done by “Richard K. Burt, M.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues” found, according to[17], that adult stem cells are currently working with over 70 diseases.

Things are going so well on the adult stem cell side, that scientists are now able to manipulate stem cells still in the brain[18] and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced recently[19] that they would invest in adult stem cell research to help with “diabetes-induced retinal damage, a leading cause of blindness.”

When you look at the landslide of success found in adult stem cell research and compare it to the lack of success on the embryonic side, you really have to ask who is the anti-science party. The science is on our side.

Cross posted at All American Blogger[20], where you can find other great original articles.

  1. I wrote:
  2. injected into his back:
  3. adult stem cells can help:
  4. Lou Gehrig’s disease:
  5. Headline:
  7. This confirms other studies.:
  8. patients with Parkinson’s disease respond positively:
  9. treated with their own “gene-modified stem cells”:
  10. may force Crohn’s disease into retreat:,0,718524.story
  11. improve healing of fractures:
  12. are already giving some patients a new lease on life.:
  13. amend the state constitution:
  14. his commercial for Senator McCaskill.:
  15. embryonic stem cell research is a flop:
  16. Journal of the American Medical Association:
  18. still in the brain:
  19. Pfizer announced recently:
  20. All American Blogger:

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