Saturday, November 27, 2010

Yet Another Ethical Stem Cell Triumph Goes Unheralded

An amazing turnaround for "a four-year-old girl whose chemotherapy treatment had failed and who had a prognosis of only three months to live" — Amazing first: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells. "The new treatment is the latest in a long string of hundreds of successes in the science of stem cell treatments that use mature cells rather than embryonic stem cells." Why don't we hear about these stories?

"People aren’t talking about cord blood because it’s not controversial," said stem cell pioneer Dr. Colin McGuckin. "Consequently, it does not make headlines and therefore researchers who want to use the cells from cord blood do not receive funding."

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