Thursday, October 19, 2006

More Problems with Embryonic Stem Cells...

I know everyone wants to think we have the cure all at our fingertips and it's the evil Bush-machine that's keeping this magic from the people...but aside from the truthful fact that there has never been an embryonic stem cell success (while there have been many using adult stem cells), now new research is yielding information that embryonic stem cells create tumors...

"EMBRYONIC stem cells turn into tumors when injected into human tissue and therefore cannot be used to treat diseases, a visiting US expert said today.

Prof Sherley, from Boston's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today said scientists had failed to reveal problems with embryonic stem cells that would prevent them being used in humans.

The unique feature of embryonic stem cells that allowed them to turn into any cell of the body, known as pluripotency, created a problem when researchers injected them into tissue, Prof Sherley said.

“When you put them in an environment where they can grow and develop, they make lots of different kind of tissues,” Prof Sherley said. “This tumor formation property is an inherent feature of the cells. And all you have to do is simply inject them into an animal tissue – this happens at very high efficiency.

“And although some might say we can solve the tumor problem down the road, that's equivalent to saying we can solve the cancer problem and we may, but that's a long time coming.” (source)

I realize it's just human nature to want to place blame...a kid has autism and the parents blame vaccines, a child dies and parents sue the doctor, and now Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and child diabetes sufferers can just Blame Bush...

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