Monday, October 08, 2007

Life Links 10/8/07

Here's an abstract of a recent study using adult stem cells to help patients with multiple sclerosis.

Why would anyone pay Jack Kevorkian $50,000 to give a speech? You know the people at the University of Florida who pay $50,000 are going to hear this same kind of blathering.

Some reporters just don't get it. This English reporter believes groups in the U.S. condemn all stem cell treatment because embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of a human embryo. After discussing how a young man is possibly going to be treated with stem cells from his younger brother's umbilical cord blood, Marc Baker writes,
He has been forced to seek stem cell treatment in Belize because it has yet to be approved in the UK as doctors are split on its effectiveness at repairing sufferers' damaged cells and tissues.

It has also been condemned by pro-life campaigners and church groups as it often involves harvesting cells from human embryos. But it's proving successful in North America where it is being used to treat motor neurone disease patients.

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