The case for continuing embryonic stem cell research continues to get laughably smaller. Scientists have now developed an even better process for using adult stem cells.
For years now, non-destructive adult stem cell research has resulted in dozens of successful treatments for illnesses and injuries including brain injury, stroke, retina regeneration, heart tissue regeneration, angina, diabetes, bone cancer, cheek bone tissue, nerve regeneration, sickle-cell anemia, cerebral palsy, cartilage regeneration, Parkinson’s, kidney damage, liver cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and more.
Meanwhile, embryonic stem cell research, which destroys human embryos, has not produced a single successful treatment. It also has problems with tissue rejection (just like an organ transplant) and often generates tumors in the recipient, as a poor Israeli boy found out.
Scientists have come up with numerous sources of stem cells for research and treatment which do not require the destruction of innocent human life as embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) does. Stem cells can be obtained from dental tissue, nasal tissue, fat cells, testicular tissue, blood, and more. Scientists have learned how to reprogram various cells in our bodies to behave like other cells, and can even generate neurons.
Though the “culture of death” segment of our society remains hell-bent on not only pursuing ESCR despite these non-destructive advances, they insist taxpayer dollars be used to do it. About a year ago, expert Dr. David Prentice gave an extensive presentation in Rapid City demonstrating how unnecessary this is, and even some “mainstream” media sources are starting to openly admit ESCR is unnecessary. Sadly, the overblown hopes and promises from a “scientific” community that stands to gain grant money continues anyway.
But there is now one more nail in the coffin of the destructive line of research.
The Washington Post reported today that scientists have made a major advance in the use of adult stem cells.
The researchers published a series of experiments showing they can use laboratory-made versions of naturally occurring biological signals to quickly convert ordinary skin cells into cells that appear virtually identical to embryonic stem cells. Moreover, the same strategy can then coax those cells to morph into specific tissues that would be a perfect match for transplantation into patients.
The work, by a team led by Derrick J. Rossi of the Children’s Hospital Boston, was praised by other researchers as a breakthrough.
The previously developed process of using retroviruses carried a risk of causing cancer and was slower than we would have liked. But the new process uses messenger RNA, avoids those risks, and works much faster.
The new approach involves molecules known as “messenger RNA,” or mRNA, which the DNA inside cells use to create proteins they need carry out various vital functions. The researchers created mRNA molecules carrying the instructions for the cell’s machinery to produce the four key proteins needed to reprogram themselves into iPS cells.
After tinkering with the mRNA molecules in the laboratory to make signals that the cells would not destroy as dangerous invaders, the researchers found that a daily cocktail of their creations were surprisingly fast and efficient at reprogramming the cells. The approach converted the cells in about half the time of previous methods – only about 17 days – with surprising economy – up to 100 times more efficient than the standard approach.
The article says the results are virtually identical to the much-lauded embryonic stem cells.
Our scientific and medical community needs to start putting truth and human life ahead of hopes of glory and financial gain. We can develop therapies to help people without destroying human life in the process.
Isn’t it time we all admitted the ESCR emperor isn’t wearing any clothes? Isn’t it time to stop the deception, choosing instead the line of research that is (a) ethical and (b) has produced fantastically more results than the destructive ESCR?