Adult Stem Cell Awareness

February 3, 2009

Autologous cells hold the therapeutic advantage in treatment of neural defects

mouse-and-babies1In this case we have scientists first turning to embryonic neural cells (derived from mice) to find and fix defects in the brains of baby mice born to “crack” moms (not really crack, but the mice were exposed to tetragens and heroin). The neural cells worked their magic with a near 100% success rate, but because they were derived from embryos they posed immunological rejection problems. Next step, use cells from the “patient’s” own body. Of course!  And so, our tax dollars which could be used to move this research along will be funnelled off to labs using human embryos, even though – at the end of the day – it is the ethically obtained cells that really work best.


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