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Old 6th October 2011, 12:34 AM
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Default Stem Cells: good and bad news

The good news:

In one study, 8 out of 12 patients who received a kidney transplant were freed from a lifelong regimen of drugs (usually needed to prevent rejection). Adult stem cells were part of the treatment:

"About 10 days after the transplant, Strober injects the patient with millions of white blood cells extracted from the kidney donor. These include CD34+ stem cells, which can multiply and become part of the recipient's own immune system."
http://www.newscientist.com/article/...ong-drugs.html

The bad news:

"Scientists for the first time have derived thriving colonies of embryonic stem cells from human embryos created using cloning technology."
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/447885...human-embryos/

These scientists successfully cloned a human being, and then used the developing human being to create a line of embryonic stem cells. They used a procedure in which "an adult cell is fused with an egg and activated to make an embryo". Then they too embryonic cells from that embryo, destroying it in the process.

Human cloning is a grave sin because it is artificial procreation. Destroying a human embryo is essentially the grave sin of abortion, even though the destruction takes place in labratory glassware, rather than in a womb.

The success of this procedure means that many more scientists will make the same attempt, multiplying this sin.
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Old 12th October 2011, 07:49 PM
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Another success for non-embryonic stem cells:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/1...g-liver-cells/

The researchers used skin cells from a patient with a genetic disease, made the cells pluripotent using the iPS technique (no embryonic cells, no cloning), and then fixed the genetic disease. Their study proved that these fixed cells were healthy functioning liver cells.
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Old 12th October 2011, 09:22 PM
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What God is telling us with this is that embrionic stem cell is not necessary (not even an option for us believers) by just seeing at what He is allowing science can do with adult stem cells.
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Old 19th October 2011, 02:07 AM
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More good news:

The European courts have ruled that all embryonic stem cell patents are illegal.
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/sh...ed-illega.html

"Issued today by the European Court of Justice, the region's highest court, the ruling essentially declares illegal patents on stem cells extracted from any entity capable of developing into a human being, whether it's a natural embryo or one made by some other means.

"The court's rationale for the decision is a passage within the European Patent Convention of 1973 banning patents "contrary to public order and morality"."

"It concluded today that any process resulting in the destruction of a human embryo violates this principle, and is therefore unpatentable. It says that the ban should apply even if embryos are not cited in patents, or if teams applying for patents didn't destroy the embryo themselves."
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Old 14th November 2011, 07:13 PM
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More good news about stem cells:

"Embryonic-like stem cells have been isolated from breast milk in large numbers. The discovery raises the possibility of sourcing stem cells for regenerative medicine, without the need to destroy embryos."

http://www.newscientist.com/article/...-dilemmas.html
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Old 18th November 2011, 03:48 PM
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One of the top companies involved in human embryonic stem cells (unethical) has dropped all of their stem cell projects.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/...ter-geron.html

There are other companies pursuing unethical stem cells, but the field is narrowing.
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