October 18, 2007

I told you so

I knew that if Bush continued his ban on embryonic stem cell research that we'd have to wait for breakthroughs from other, more enlightened countries like England. Excerpt:

In a study published in October's Experimental Neurology, Dr Paul Kingham and his team at the UK Centre for Tissue Regeneration (UKCTR) isolated the stem cells from the fat tissue of adult animals and differentiated them into nerve cells to be used for repair and regeneration of injured nerves.

Oh wait. What was I saying about embryonic stem cell research? Nothing to see here, just move along. And now I wait for an honest assessment about this research in the news. Do you think that maybe CNN, PMSNBC, CBS, ABC, or NBC will mention this correctly as a treatment derived from adult stem cells? Me neither. Instead, we'll be treated to editorials on how we're falling behind other countries in stem cell research, without bothering to mention that it's not the morally suspect embryonic kind.

Ehh, I blame Bush. Or question the timing. Or whatever brainfucked piece of idiocy gets John Cole and the Kos Kidz through the day.

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Posted by: Physics Geek at 08:26 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 Growing nerve cells is nothing new, but getting them to attatch to existing nerve structures and getting them to function is a matter outside of the stem cell debate. For spinal injuries, imagine tearing a cable, with 50(the number for nerves is actually larger) wires and then trying to solder them back together. Still 10 plus years away. Stem cells for organ replacement/repair first, then nerve repair a distant second.

Posted by: paul at October 18, 2007 11:14 AM (YQWyY)

2 Good point, but a couple people I know are paralyzed from the waist down. They might disagree with what's important right now. In any event, I look forward to the day when people can have full, healthy uses of their bodies for a long time.

Posted by: physics geek at October 18, 2007 12:29 PM (MT22W)

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