Thursday, January 29, 2009

Stem Cell Research Triumph . . . note that I didn't say "embryonic" stem cell research

Amazing news is in the news (though maybe not in the mainstream media) today from the field of stem cell research. reported today on a study published Friday in The Lancet showing that "stem cells transplanted into early-phase multiple sclerosis patients stabilized, and in some cases reversed, the debilitating neurological disorder."  (Link to story here.)

Even more amazing than the breakthrough, and likely the reason that you won't find this story everywhere, is that the stem cells used in this promising treatment came from the patients' own body, not an aborted baby.

Kudos to the scientists at Northwestern University who conducted the clinical trials.

Medical research around the world, and maybe even some "stimulus" money should be spent in pursuit of ethical stem cell research.  Research that by definition would not sacrifice the life of one human being to potentially benefit another.

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