Stem Cell – Archive

Chicago Woman Is First Adult Cured Of Sickle Cell Disease With Chemo-Free Technique

Ieshea Thomas, a Chicago woman, is the first adult to be cured of sickle cell disease with the chemotherapy-free procedure at UI Hospital. Iesha Thomas has been in and out of hospitals battling sickle cell disease since she was only 8 months old. This summer, 33-year-old Thomas became the first adult to be cured of sickle cell disease with a chemotherapy-free procedure at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), the University reported. Thomas is one of 12 adult patients cured of sickle cell disease as part of a clinical trial at UI Health that used a unique procedure for stem cell transplantation from healthy tissue matched from a sibling donor. Findings from phase I/II of the clinical trial are published online in the journal Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation. A Less Harsh Treatment Stem cell transplants have been used for years as a means of possibly curing sickle cell disease. However, before the stem cell transplant could be completed patients would have to endure a taxing course of drugs to kill the cancer cells, otherwise known as chemotherapy. The more traditional form of stem cell transplant uses chemotherapy to destroy the patient’s own bone marrow, which shuts down their immune system and makes them vulnerable to infections. The new technique – first developed and performed at the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland – eliminates the need for chemotherapy to prepare the patient to receive the transplanted cells and offers the prospect of cure for tens of thousands of adults suffering from sickle cell disease – many of them Black Americans. According to...

Boston Children’s Hospital Has Been Using Brains of Aborted Children in Research for Years

Research Using Aborted Baby Organs & Tissues Will Phase Out — Not As Successful as Advanced Stem Cell Technology, and Not Needed to Produce New Cell Lines for Vaccines In 2008, scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital started using brains of aborted babies for research. The Boston Globe reports that Harvard neuroscientist, Emi Takahashi, examines fetal brain tissue in hopes to better understand neurological disorders such as epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia. Although Takahashi is aware of the current controversy regarding fetal “tissue” research and Planned Parenthood, she says the issue is not about morality or abortion; instead, it’s about science. She explained, “It’s purely a scientific issue, not a moral one.”  [ed. and her words make it so…] In July, Takahashi received a call from an officer at the National Institutes of Health inquiring about her study of fetal brain development because she received a grant to study 30 fetal brains. Takahashi explained, “She was wondering how I would get that many samples. Congress was asking her what was going on with my research, and she wanted to make sure I wasn’t obtaining them illegally.” The officer was concerned because eight undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress indicate that Planned Parenthood affiliates profit from aborted babies’ body parts, alter procedures to obtain salable organs and deliver babies “fully-intact” to procure “high-quality specimen.” All of these activities are illegal, and the videos raise serious questions about the organization’s intentions. Currently, Takahashi scans fetal brains, examines computerized 3-D images of them and uses a computer program to reconstruct fiber pathways in the brain. The researcher claims she obtains the...

December – October 2011: Stem Cell Research

   FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…    Dolly Cloning Scientist Says Abandon Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ethical Stem Cell Research Shows Most Promise for Patients Geron Company Halts First Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial (Commentary) / All the News that’s Fit to Forget: Why You’re Not Hearing Much About Embryonic Stem Cells These Days / How Big a Blow was Geron’s Bombshell That it is Bailing on Embryonic Stem Cell Research?   BIG. Commentary: Ethical Stem Cells May Help Patients With Osteogenesis Imperfecta Peyton Manning Has Adult Stem Cell Procedure to Treat Neck / Why Do Peyton Manning & Others Leave the USA to Procure Adult Stem Cell Treatments? Adult Stem Cells Tested to Treat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Obama Admin OKs More Human Embryo-Destroying Stem Cell Lines & Funding, Ignores Adult Stem Cells IPS Cells May Hold Treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia More Misleading Headlines on Supposed Embryonic Advance NIH Revitalization Act & Human Embryo Use Scientists Appeal to Stop Obama's Embryo-Destroying Stem Cell Funding Direct Conversion Challenges Embryo-Destroying Stem Cell Research Adult Stem Cell Treatment May Help Unborn Avoid Premature Birth / ALTERNATE VIEW: If Amniotic Sac is Infected, Stem Cell Patch May be a Bad Idea Missouri House Defeats Pro-Life Limits on Embryo-Destructive Stem Cell Research… Scientist Who Cloned Dolly Says Abandon Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ian Wilmut, the scientist who achieved international notoriety for cloning the sheep Dolly, is now urging his fellow scientists and researchers to abandon embryonic stem cell research. His comments at a conference follow on the major news that Geron, a cloning company the Obama administration...

September – August 2011: Stem Cell Research / Human Cloning

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…    Exercise Helps Adult Stem Cells Build Bone, Not Fat Commentary — Now in 2011:  Why Embryonic Stem Cells Should Not be Transplanted into a Human Being Adult Stem Cells Work Against Stress and Depression Antibody Cocktail May Lead to 'Safer' Embryo-Destroying Stem Cell Trials…? Stem Cell Breakthrough Gives Hope to Parkinson's Patients Scientists Find Another Adult Stem Cell Source: The Ear Study Shows that Collecting Bone Marrow Stem Cells by Apheresis is Safe for the Donor NIH Revitalization Act & Human Embryo Use The Demand for Death: Medical Research & Fetal Tissue Japanese Researchers Grow Mice Teeth from Adult Stem Cells New Lab-Grown Sperm from Embryo-Destroyed Stem Cells Is Not a Moral Solution to Male Infertility Perry Uses Own Adult Stem Cells for Back Surgery Treating Advanced Breast Cancer With Adult Stem Cells Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: The Ethical Embryonic Alternative Minnesota Now Paying Scientists to Engage in Human Cloning Federal Judge Disagrees but Tosses Suit Against Tax-Funded Embryo Research / Court Rules in Favor of Taxpayer Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research ‘Frankenstein’: UK Scientists Warn About Secret Human-Animal Hybrid Research… Exercise Helps Adult Stem Cells Build Bone, Not Fat Canadian scientists have published data that indicate exercise stimulates adult stem cells to form bone instead of fat. The scientists used a mouse model to study exercise effects on adult bone marrow stem cell and blood production. Using treadmill-conditioned mice, they found that aerobic exercise triggers adult stem cells to become bone more often than fat. The bone environment provides better conditions, called a “niche”,...

July – April 2011: Stem Cell Research

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…   NEW! Adult Stem Cells Helping Patients With Scleroderma Skin Disease NEW! Adult Stem Cell Trial in Texas Will Treat Stroke Patients Adult Stem Cell Success: Cells Relieve Heart Pain in Patients Adult Stem Cells Help Create New Windpipe, Save Cancer Patient Scientists Grow Human Heart in Lab Using Adult Stem Cells Early Trial Shows Adult Stem Cells Healing Hearts SKIN: National Geographic Program Shows Skin Gun Sprays Healing Adult Stem Cells Girl Cured of Brain Cancer Using Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Success: Human Neurons From Adult Skin Cells Good News and Bad News for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Immediate Success: Adult Stem Cells are Treating Thousands of Patients Now Ethical Stem Cell Research… Adult Stem Cells Helping Patients With Scleroderma Skin Disease Dr. Richard Burt and colleagues at Northwestern University have just published a new study in The Lancet that provides more evidence for the success of adult stem cell transplant in treating system sclerosis (scleroderma). The autoimmune disease causes rigidity in the skin and organs, including lungs, of its victims; it exerts its fatal influence by essentially turning them to stone. Ten patients were treated with their own adult stem cells, and all improved at or before 12 months after treatment, compared with zero of the nine patients that received cyclophosphamide, a chemotherapeutic agent considered the “standard of care” for this disease. None of the adult stem cell-treated patients had their disease worsen, while 8 of the 9 chemo-treated patients showed worsening, and eventually 7 of the chemo patients switched to the adult stem cell...

March – January 2011: Stem Cell Research

A New Stem Cell Enters: Induced Conditional Self-Renewing Progenitor Cells (ICSP) Second Chance at Life for Adult Stem Cell Transplant Patient Genetic Abnormalities Discovered Associated With The Creation Of 'iPS' Stem Cells / More Genetic Problems with Artificial Stem Cells Other Stem Cell Research Studies Incredible ‘Skin Gun’ Heals Severe Burns in Days — National Geographic “Explorer” / Amazing "Skin Gun" Heals Burn Wounds Using Victims' Adult Stem Cells / Building a Beating Heart / Extra Cellular Matrix How Nasal Stem Cells Might Prevent Childhood Deafness Babies Can Be Treated With Adult Stem Cells, Even in the Womb — "Now We Can Really Think Big!" Artificially Produced Stem Cells May ‘Hold On’ to Genetic Past – Problematic Mitochondrial DNA Integrity Is Essential For Mitochondrial Maturation During Differentiation of Neural Stem Cells Adult Stem Cells Helping Women With Breast Reconstruction Obama Admin OKs Another Human Embryonic Stem Cell Trial Time To End the CA Stem Cell Institute Adult Fat Cell-Derived Stem Cells Useful in Tissue Reconstruction Adipose-derived stem cells maintain their "stemness" and could be useful for cell-based therapies. A team of researchers from several institutions in Italy isolated and characterized adult fat cell-derived stem cells from patients undergoing lipoaspiration (surgical removal of fat deposits) in order to investigate the ability of the fat cells to maintain their stem cell characteristics in in vitro cultures to the point where once transplanted they could aid in tissue regeneration… A New Stem Cell Enters the Mix: Induced Conditional Self-Renewing Progenitor Cells   In the past few months, a slew of papers have indicated that the therapeutic potential of a promising type of...

December – October 2010: Stem Cell Research & Funding Battles

FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…   Doctors Say Adult Stem Cell Research Cures HIV-Positive Man Scientists Create Cloned Mice With Two Genetic Fathers California's Stem Cell Research Agency Faces Strong Criticism Leukemia Patient Completely Cured with Cord Blood Stem Cells Parents: Cord Blood Stem Cells Significantly Improved Cerebral Palsy Symptoms Direct Conversion May Make Embryonic Stem Cell Research Obsolete U.S. House Re-approves Funding for Ethical Cord Blood Stem Cells Major Scientific Advance: Blood From Skin Without Stem Cells Cult of Celebrity Drives Research, Leaves Ethical Researchers in the Cold: Stem Cell Pioneer Media Misreporting: Embryonic Stem Cells Not Involved in Geron's New Testing California Funds Less Embryonic, More Adult Stem Cell Research Adult Stem Cell Research Far Ahead of Embryonic Adult Stem Cells Hammer the Sickle Commentary: Best Kept Secret of Adult Stem Cells — They Are Treating Multiple Sclerosis Adult Stem Cells: More than Meets the Eye? Geron Company Claims First Patient Treated With Embryonic Stem Cells, Not The Case If Only Liberals Had a Heart for Adult Stem Cells Commentary: Stem Cell Research is the Best-Kept Secret in the Galaxy Scientists Ask Appeals Court Not to Allow Federal Funding of Research Involving the Destruction of Living Human Embryos Pending the Government's Appeal of the District Court's Funding Ban Scientific Studies Using Adult & Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells NIH Expedites Grants for Human Embryo Destroying Research  Stem Cell Financing Ban Ends, for Now Good News in the Midst of Bad Legal Battles Over Funding: 5-Year Reauthorization of the National Cord Blood Inventory Program Passes in the US House New iPS Technique for...

January 2010: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

Pioneering Adult Stem Cell Treatment Helps Man Recover Sight After 15 Years Australia Man With MS Walks Again After Adult Stem Cell Treatment  Newly Added Articles: Reprogramming a Patient's Eye Cells May Herald New Degenerative Disease Treatments Spraying on Skin Cells to Heal Burns: A new technique in burn treatment provides an alternative to skin grafts in the operating room Treating Heart Disease With a Person's Own Stem Cells… Reprogramming a Patient's Eye Cells May Herald New Degenerative Disease Treatments Scientists have overcome a key barrier to the clinical use of stem cells with a technique which transforms regular body cells into artificial stem cells without the need for introducing foreign genetic materials, which could be potentially harmful. The research, published in Stem Cells, suggests that cells taken from a patient's eye can be "reprogrammed" to replace or restore cells lost to degenerative diseases. The research, led by Professor Iqbal Ahmad and co-authors from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is the first proof in principle that somatic, or body cells, can be reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) simply through the influence of the microenvironment in which the sampled cells are cultured. Until now genetic materials were introduced into somatic cells to re-programme them to become pluripotent, enabling them to generate cells of all three embryonic lineages. "Our findings provide evidence for an emerging view that somatic cells may be reprogrammed safely and simply by defined chemicals and other factors, which may facilitate their clinical use," said Ahmad. "The next step is to know how robust the reprogramming is and what existed within the microenvironment to cause...

December – September 2009: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

13 Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Approved for Research by NIH Adult Stem Cell Resources – http://www.stemcellresearchfacts.org/ Cord Blood Stem Cells Treat Cerebral Palsy University of Nebraska Regents Defeat Effort to Limit Embryonic Stem Cell Research Human Trial of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Stopped Due to Animal Problems / FDA Delays Geron's Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trials, Seeks Data Suit Filed Against NIH to Stop Federal Funding of Destructive Embryo Research South Korea Seeks Prison Term for Stem Cell Research Fraud Hwang Woo-suk… Thirteen Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Approved for Research by NIH Thirteen embryonic stem cell lines were approved Wednesday for federally-funded research with assurance from the director of the National Institutes for Health that research on them is ethical and does not violate principles on human dignity and sanctity of life. “Let me be clear, these are embryos that would have been otherwise discarded as part of in-vitro fertilization clinic activities,” Dr. Francis Collins noted during an appearance Wednesday on CNN. [Ed. apparently, that makes it OK to do research on these human embryos — kill them for the sake of research rather than just killing them… Sounds rather like the rationalization used during the Nazi Regime — use them for medical research since they will be killed anyway…] The NIH director also noted that his federal agency had conducted a “very careful” review of the lines based on the conditions that were set forth in guidelines issued earlier this year and further pointed out that it was former President Bush who first approved the use of stem cell lines for federal researchers to work with....

July – April 2009: Embryo-Destructive and Adult Stem Cell Research

Breast Milk Contains Stem Cells Adult Stem Cells Found to Cure Blindness – Three Patients Apparently Cured Destruction of Human Embryos for Stem Cell Research with Tax Dollars Poised to Begin: Comment Period / Comments Requested on Obama's New Human Embryo-Destructive Stem Cell Policy   Scientists in Japan Claim Breakthroughs in Growing Human Organs in Animals Adult Stem Cells from Fat Tissue Offer Hope for MS Treatment Limb-Saving Adult Stem Cell Trial Shows Promise Multiple Route Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injections Help Spinal Cord Patients For Patients Seeking Cures, Adult Stem Cell Research Industry is Blossoming Patients in Wheelchairs Able to Walk Again Because Adult Stem Cells Can Heal Broken Bones Stem Cell Transplantation Helps Patients With Type 1 Diabetes Achieve Long-Term Insulin Independence Adult Stem Cells Used Successfully to Cure Diabetics, Heal Broken Jaw Bone /  Update Spinal Cord Injury Treatments: Adult Stem Cells v. Embyronic Stem Cells / Related Journal Articles Scientists Use Adult Stem Cell Research to Repair Damaged Corneas, Helping Blind to See Stem Cell Research Bytes…  Breast Milk Contains Stem Cells The Perth scientist who made the world-first discovery that human breast milk contains stem cells is confident that within five years scientists will be harvesting them to research treatment for conditions as far-reaching as spinal injuries, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. But what Dr Mark Cregan is excited about right now is the promise that his discovery could be the start of many more exciting revelations about the potency of breast milk. He believes that it not only meets all the nutritional needs of a growing infant but contains key markers that guide his...

March – January 2009: Stem Cell Research

NEW! Former Head of NIH: Unethical Embryonic Stem Cell Research Prospects Are Diminished Now Because of Already Successful, Ethical Adult Stem Cell & iPSC Treatments and Trials New Administration Rescinds Bush-Era Executive Order That Encouraged Successful Ethical Stem Cell & iPS Cell Research U.S. Administration Unleashes Taxpayer Funds for Unsuccessful Embryo-Destructive Research Report Details How Fetal Stem Cells Triggered Brain Tumors in Ill Boy NEW!  IPS Cells, An Embryonic Stem Cell Research Alternative, Make Major Advance Scientists Bring Back Extinct Animal for the First Time Using Cloning Technology New Research Study Challenges Effectiveness of Human-Animal Hybrid Cloning ADULT STEM CELL SUCCESS STORIES – 2008 UPDATE: JULY-DECEMBER NEW! SPINAL CORD INJURY TREATMENTS: Adult Stem Cells vs. Embryonic Stem Cells — Facts and Implications about FDA Approval of Geron Safety Trial NEW! Adult Stem Cells Successfully Reset Immune System for Multiple Sclerosis Patients NEW! Scientists Say First Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial Has Problems Adult Stem Cells in Nose May Hold Key to Repairing Spinal Cord Injuries / UPDATE: Adult Stem Cells Already Help Spinal Cord Patients, FDA Human Embryonic-Destructive Trials Not Needed Single Adult Stem Cell Can Self Renew, Repair Tissue Damage in Live Mammal Ethical Adult Stem Cells May Cure Blindness Ethical Adult Stem Cell Therapy may Treat AIDS NEW! Canadians Make New Adult Stem Cell Breakthrough NEW! Embryonic Stem Cell Alternative Has Another Advance: IPS Cells Yield Nerve Cells Miracle Cells. The Real Success Stories… Former Head of NIH: Unethical Embryonic Stem Cell Research Prospects Are Diminished Now Because of Already Successful, Ethical Adult Stem Cell & iPSC Treatments and Trials. Obama may win applause from some...

December & November 2008: Ethical Stem Cell Research & Selling Eggs for Cloning

NEW! In Dangerous Trend, More Women Sell Their Eggs Doctors Say Marrow Transplant (Adult Stem Cells) May Have Cured AIDS Adult Stem Cell Research Helps 8-Year-Old Missouri Girl With Eye Condition Adult Stem Cell Research Helps Cerebral Palsy Child New Method For Creating Inducible Stem Cells Is Remarkably Efficient Adult Stem Cell Breakthrough: Mass-Production Of 'Embryonic' Stem Cells From A Human Hair Adult Stem Cell Research & Therapy is Bringing Human Healing NOW Researchers Make Breakthrough Discovery About Adult Stem Cell Behavior NEW! Researchers See Adult Stem Cell Progress: They Self-Renew, Repair Tissue Such as Esophagus Reflux Damage… In Dangerous Trend, More Women Sell Their Eggs Some fertility clinics are reporting a surge in the number of women applying to donate eggs or serve as surrogates, The Wall Street Journal reported. The rate for a surrogate is about $25,000. Egg donors receive $3,000 to $8,000.  "Whenever the employment rate is down, we get more calls," Robin von Halle, president of Alternative Reproductive Resources in Chicago, told the newspaper. "We're even getting men offering up their wives. It's pretty scary." Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst at Focus on the Family Action, said women should not be enticed to put their health and their lives at risk for financial benefit.  "That goes against every tenet of medical ethics," she said. "Serious complications can come into play, including blood clots, liver and kidney damage, future infertility and even death. "And even if the risks are minimal, this type of idea enters into creating life outside of the marital union, and that’s something Focus on the Family does not support.”  [http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000008844.cfm, Citizen...

September 2008: Ethical Stem Cell Research

Scientists Produce Stem Cell Lines for 10 Diseases The Harvard Shortcut: Making One Adult Cell From Another Japanese Locate Stem Cells from Wisdom Teeth… SCIENTISTS PRODUCE ETHICAL 'iPS' STEM CELL LINES FOR 10 DISEASES. Harvard scientists say they have created stems cells for 10 genetic disorders, which will allow researchers to watch the diseases develop in a lab dish. This early step, using a new technique, could help speed up efforts to find treatments for some of the most confounding ailments, the scientists said. The new work was reported online Thursday in the journal Cell, and the researchers said they plan to make the cell lines readily available to other scientists. Dr. George Daley and his colleagues at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute used ordinary skin cells and bone marrow from people with a variety of diseases, including Parkinson's, Huntington's and Down syndrome to produce the stem cells. The new cells will allow researchers to "watch the disease progress in a dish, that is, to watch what goes right or wrong," Doug Melton, co-director of the institute, said during a teleconference. "I think we'll see in years ahead that this opens the door to a new way to treating degenerative diseases," he said. The new technique reprograms cells, giving them the chameleon-like qualities of embryonic stem cells, which can morph into all kinds of tissue, such as heart, nerve and brain. As with embryonic stem cells, the hope is to speed medical research. Research teams in Wisconsin and Japan were the first to report last November that they had reprogrammed skin cells, and that the cells had behaved like...

August 2008: Stem Cell Research

Her Own Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Help Toddler with Cerebral Palsy New Technique Produces Genetically Identical Stem Cells NEW! Stem Cell Researchers Make ALS (Lou Gehrig's) Advances Without Destroying Human Embryos / iPS Cells from ALS Patient an Advance, But It's Not the First Patient-Specific Stem Cell Pining for Clones, Whining for Eggs… CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS HELP TODDLER WITH CEREBRAL PALSY. Umbilical-cord blood has been used to treat 2-year-old Chloe Levine, who was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that prevented her from using the right side of her body. Two months after the AZ toddler was infused with stem cells from her own umbilical-cord blood, Levine has made a 50 percent recovery and is walking, running and able to use her right hand.  Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said: “Chloe's recovery demonstrates that is it possible to treat children suffering from life-altering diseases without destroying young lives through destructive embryonic stem-cell research.”   More Info: http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000004778.cfm [28July08, http://www.citizenlink.org/CLNews/A000007897.cfm]     NEW TECHNIQUE PRODUCES GENETICALLY IDENTICAL STEM CELLS. Adult cells of mice that were made from iPS (induced Pluripotent Stem) genetically reprogrammed cells can be triggered via drug to enter an embryonic-stem-cell-like state, without the need for further genetic alteration. The discovery is reported in Nature Biotechnology. "This technical advancement will allow thousands of identical reprogrammed cells to be used in experiments," says Marius Wernig, one of the paper's two lead authors and a postdoctoral researcher in Whitehead Member Rudolf Jaenisch's lab. "Using these cells could help define the milestones of how cells are reprogrammed and screen for drug-like molecules that...

July – June 2008: Stem Cell Research

NEW! Auto-Immune Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update NEW! Bone-Healing Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update NEW! Sickle Cell Disease Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update Breakthrough: Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, but Study Shows Adult Stem Cells Can Heal Them Researchers to Test Use of Stem Cells to Treat Crohn's Disease Child's Own Stem Cells Restore His Sight Adult Stem Cell Research Shows Gains in Treating Lou Gehrig's Disease FDA Delays Company's Bid for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trials World's First Cloned Horse Gives Birth to Supposedly Healthy Foal NEW! Ethical Creation of Embryonic-Like Stem Cells Sees Another Breakthrough Britain May OK Scientists' Human Cloning Using Patients' Cells But Without Their Consent New Jersey Pulls Back on Embryonic Stem Cell Funding NEW! Thousands of "Tourists" Desperate for Unproven "Cures" From Stem Cells of Destroyed Human Embryos Capitol Hill Briefing by Patients and the Doctor who Treated Them on the Therapeutic Benefits Already Being Realized with Adult Stem Cell Treatments NEW! Adult Stem Cell Findings Offer New Hope For Parkinson's Cure NEW! The Aging Brain Helped By Injection Of Human Umbilical Cord Blood More Than One Kind Of Adult Stem Cell In Guts Blood Stem Cells Originate in the Placenta NEW! Scientists Say Animal Parts and Organs To Be Used in Humans… AUTO-IMMUNE ADULT STEM CELL SUCCESS STORIES 2008 UPDATE: JANUARY-JUNE by William L. Saunders, Jr., David Prentice, Simona Beskova, and Martin Kolesar[1] For the entire article, visit… http://www.frc.org/insight/adult-stem-cell-sucess-stories-2008-jan-june We are pleased to present FRC's June update on advances in human treatments and research with adult stem cells.  This is the third report.  The...

May 2008: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

Scientists Turn Ethical iPSC "Embryonic-Like" Stem Cells Into Heart & Blood Cells 'Dolly the Sheep' Cloner Eyeing Joint Study with iPS Cell Inventor World's First Cloned Dog Will Participate in First Breeding NEW! Genetically Altered Embryo Points to Human Cloning Concerns… SCIENTISTS TURN ETHICAL iPSCs INTO HEART & BLOOD CELLS. Stem cell researchers continue to make progress with induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells, which are embryonic-like stem cells that don't require the destruction of human life to obtain. After their discovery last year, pro-life groups hailed the cells as an ethical alternative to embryonic stem cell research. The UCLA researchers that have advanced the use of the iPS cells before were able progress further and grow functioning heart and blood cells. They said the success is the first time iPS cells have been differentiated into the three types of cardiovascular cells needed to repair heart and blood vessels. Dr. Robb MacLellan, the senior author of the study, published in the May 2008 edition of the medical journal Stem Cells, says the discovery could one day lead to clinical trials of new treatments for people who suffer heart attacks, have atherosclerosis or are in heart failure. He also said the ethical cells don't present the same problems as the use of embryonic stem cells — that have issues with growing tumors and immune systems rejecting them. “I believe iPS cells address many of the shortcomings of human embryonic stem cells and are the future of regenerative medicine,” he said. “I’m hoping that these scientific findings are the first step towards one day developing new therapies that I can...

April – March 2008: Stem Cell Research

NEW! Adult Stem Cells Used in Treating Wounded Soldiers From Iraq, Afghanistan  Embryo-Destructive Stem Cell Research Patent Battle JAMA Video: Adult Stem Cell Research Trumps Embryonic in Helping Patients Alabama Man Takes a Chance on Heart-Healing Treatment NEW! Researchers Report Success with Cord Blood Stem Cells & Alzheimer's NEW! iPS Reprogrammed Stem Cells Reduce Parkinson's Disease in Rats… ADULT STEM CELLS USED TO TREAT WOUNDED SOLDIERS FROM IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN. Pro-life advocates have long supported the use of adult stem cells over embryonic stem cell research because no human life is destroyed in obtaining the cells. Now, new reports show wounded soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan are helped by the ethical stem cells. Showing how far adult stem cells have come in a very short time, our wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan are being treated with their own stem cells to help treat wounds involving bones. According to ABC News, the Bush administration has spent $85 million to fund the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Thomas Einhorn, the chairman of orthopaedic surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, has used adult stem cells to repair a patient's hip after conventional surgeries failed. Noted bioethics watchdog Wesley Smith says he's not surprised by the news. "Illustrating how the hype overcame reality, the story's author felt the need to say that the stem cells did not come from embryos," he said. But, as pro-life advocates know, "no human applications have yet come from human embryonic stem cells." Smith added: "It will not take much time for this procedure to become available...

February 2008: Stem Cell Research

British House of Lords Allows Human-Animal Cloning, Passes Embryo Bill Scientists Use Female Adult Stem Cells to Make "Female Sperm" Insurance companies are beginning to include limited coverage for umbilical cord storage costs New Embryonic-Like Stem Cell Method Ethical, But Tissue from Aborted Human Fetuses Used Indirectly NEW! Frozen Stem Cells Save British Toddler's Life U.S. Cardiovascular Disease Research Using Adult Stem Cells is Progressing NEW! Finnish Patient Gets New Custom Jaw from Own Stem Cells NEW! Breast Milk Contains Stem Cells NEW! Artery Procedure Raises New Hopes to Avoid Amputation… BRITISH HOUSE OF LORDS ALLOWS HUMAN-ANIMAL CLONING, PASSES EMBRYO BILL. The British House of Lords has approved a controversial bill that could pave the way for scientific research that greatly concerns the pro-life community and could open the door for expanding abortions. The chamber also turned back an amendment to stop the human-animal cloning.   The House of Lords supported the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill and defeated 268-96 an amendment to it to stop scientists from cloning human embryos with a little bit of animal DNA.   Scientists want to create the clones to conduct experiments on diseases and how to alleviate them but pro-life groups say they should not be creating human life for the purpose of destroying it.   The bill allows them to make the cloned embryos and experiment on them for 14 days before killing them.   Lord Alton, a leading pro-life advocate, proposed the amendment and, with its failure, said he hoped to at least make it more difficult for scientists to get the licenses to clone the embryos.   "I have...

January 2008: Stem Cell Research

Biotech Firm Claims to Have Used Human Cloning to Make Human Child   Researchers Replicate Recent Studies Producing Ethical iPS Embryonic-Like Stem Cells   Embryonic Stem Cell Alternative Researcher Doesn't Like Destroying Life   Genetically-Related Cord Blood Stem Cells Do Better in Patient Transplants   Adult Stem Cells Appear to be Working as Treatment for Heart Disease   Making Brand New Hearts: Adult Stem Cells May Hold Key to Ethical Heart Transplants… BIOTECH FIRM CLAIMS TO HAVE USED HUMAN CLONING TO MAKE HUMAN CHILD. UPDATE: …Stem cells weren't produced by the new embryos either, and because of that, experts reacted coolly to the research. "I found it difficult to determine what was substantially new," said Doug Melton of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. He said the "next big advance will be to create a human embryonic stem cell line" from cloned embryos. "This has yet to be achieved." Dr. George Daley of the Harvard institute and Children's Hospital Boston called the new report interesting but agreed that "the real splash" will be when somebody creates stem cell lines from cloned human embryos. [17Jan08, http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/01/17/cloned.embryos.ap/index.html] Scientists at a private research firm say they are the first to have successfully cloned a human being, publishing a report in the medical journal Stem Cells to that effect. Researchers at the California-based Stemagen claim to have taken the skin cells from two adult males and implanted the nuclei of those cells in human egg cells. If the company's claims are true, they are the first to engage in human cloning, even if only making human embryos in a petri dish. Samuel Wood of...