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Obama Will Lift Ban On Stem Cell Research Soon - How do you feel about that?

Stem Cell Breakthrough Play Video ABC News  – Stem Cell Breakthrough


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will soon issue an executive order lifting an eight-year ban embryonic stem cell research imposed by his predecessor, President George W. Bush, a senior adviser said on Sunday.

"We're going to be doing something on that soon, I think. The president is considering that right now," Obama adviser David Axelrod said on "Fox News Sunday."

In 2001, Bush limited federal funding for stem cell research only to human embryonic stem cell lines that already existed. It was a gesture to his conservative Christian supporters who regard embryonic stem cell research as destroying potential life, because the cells must be extracted from human embryos.

Embryonic stem cells are the most basic human cells which can develop into any type of cell in the body.

Scientists believe the research could eventually produce cures for a variety of diseases, including Parkinson's disease, diabetes, heart disease and spinal cord injuries.

Obama vowed to reverse Bush's ban during his presidential campaign and in his inaugural address last month promised to return science to its proper place in the United States.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month cleared the way for the first trial to see if human embryonic stem cells could treat people safely.

The trial will try to use stem cells from already existing lines to regrow nerve tissue in patients with crushed spinal cords.

Stem cells are the body's master cells, giving rise to all the tissues, organs and blood. Embryonic stem cells are considered the most powerful kinds of stem cells, as they have the potential to give rise to any type of tissue.

by on Feb. 17, 2009 at 4:25 AM
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by on Feb. 18, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Quoting limesublime:


Quoting nanadoug:

Totally in support of lifting the ban on stem cell research.



By way of correction . . . there never has been any BAN on embryonic stem cell research.  The issue simply pertains to whether or not the feds fund it.  It would be more accurate to call it a ban on funding.  Some extremely powerful research groups demanded funding and were able to turn it into a political issue when that funding was denied.  

All of these lofty generalizations about how ESCR "holds promise" waver in the face of all of the proven successes of adult stem cells, which have already successfully been used to treat diseases.  Now that adult stem cells can be galvinized into imitating any other cell, it is beyond me why this and other ethically non-controversial methods are getting ignored. 

there has yet to be cells that have been able to imitate brain tissue...except cord blood cells and embryonic....but as I stated in my previous answer, donor cells can be very dangerous, when I was pregnant I wanted to bank my daughters cord blood to give my son a chance to walk with ease someday, or run, or use his right hand....but I was told the procedure could not be done because in order to do so, they have to do chemo, and kill all white blood cells, and if those stem cells reject, there is nothing left to fight infection...the child/adult would die....and that came directly from Duke University, the only medical facility that does cord blood infusions for children with Cerebral Palsy....and even had I wanted to save those cells, I couldn't afford should we only let those who are rich enough to afford it be able to be saved? insurance doesn't pay for the collection and initial set up...and it's in the upwards of $5,000....if using those embryos that would be thrown away, can help MY CHILD someday, or the next generation of children like my son...I want the research

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