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"Stem-cell transplants may control and even reverse multiple sclerosis symptoms if done early enough, a small study has suggested."

BBC NEWS | Health | MS stem-cell treatment 'success'

Too late for me, then…

Or, maybe:

"However, he cautioned that it was important to wait for the results of the larger trial."



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Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
It makes me crazy that something so potentially fantastic and beneficial to so many people is so campaigned against, and is moving along so slowly. But I hope for good things.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry yummydeb, but the only thing anyone's campaigned against is EMBRYONIC stem cell research, which this is not. Regular stem cell research has been going ahead full throttle with many good results such as this and with the promise of more to come. Embryonic stem cell research has proved fruitless and shows no real promise but that doesn't stop those who do it from deliberately confusing the two so they can continue to get their money which would be better spent on regular stem cell research. It's disgusting, really.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
My mistake. I'll shut up about things I don't know much about.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)

Actually, over here in the UK there has been some campaigning about *all* stem cell research because people get it confused with cloning. That and GM foods and pretty much anything they don't understand they don't want. Luckily the government is a bit more educated and better informed and so has not banned SCR - like Bush did at one point, whether it be embryonic or not.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-). I don't feel quite so dumb now! :-)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
the only thing anyone's campaigned against is EMBRYONIC stem cell research

That is not the case in the UK. We (yummydeb and I) both live in the UK. Just sayin'.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
That is not the case in the UK.

Really?! Sorry to hear that.

Luckily the government is a bit more educated and better informed and so has not banned SCR - like Bush did at one point, whether it be embryonic or not.

I shudder to think that politicians are more educated about anything than the people who elect them. Over here the only thing they truly understand is how to get elected.

BTW, the only thing Bush did was deny federal funding for creating new embryos for embryonic SCR.

"ESCs are highly sought after because they have the potential to develop into almost any cell found in the human body. But they're also controversial because they are obtained from human embryos that--here's the catch--are destroyed during the extraction. As a result of hot debate on the issue, Bush finally compromised and said his government would not fund the creation of new cell lines, but it would fund research using the embryonic stem cell lines that were already in existence.

So forget the notion that Bush banned ESC research or withheld federal funding."

"But many private companies have been reluctant to fund embryo research because it involves morally controversial techniques and, so far, has shown few signs of success. Most preliminary research indicates that adult stem cells are the key to new cures and treatments, so they're jumping on that bandwagon. This is the real reason government funding is so essential to ESC research-- few private investors view it as a future success."

Full story here:
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
It's one thing when people don't understand the issue, as is apparently the case over there where they don't know the difference between SCR and cloning. It's quite another matter when the issue is deliberately distorted by those looking to line their pockets by holding out false hope to so many people like you and my friend Charlene. That gets under my skin just a wee bit...
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