Stem Cell Research & Cloning

U.S. House: Passed Ban on Production of 3-Parent Human Embryos & Reauthorized Programs Using Ethical Adult Stem Cells

US: Legislation Passes to Ban Production of 3 Parent Embryos The US House of Representatives passed legislation banning the creation of 3 parent embryos. This past year, Chinese, British and American scientists have been praising the potential of genetically modified human embryos, a practice the UK parliament approved earlier this year. In the US, while federal funding for research that creates or destroys a human embryo is prohibited, there is no prohibition on the practice in a clinical setting. The new legislation, sponsored by pro-life advocate Rep Robert Aderholt, remedies that by prohibiting “research in which a human embryo is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification”. The Aderholt language was included in the Omnibus spending bill. [47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22, 2015] US: Bill Authorizing Adult Stem Cell Treatments The US Congress has passed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act (HR 2820), reauthorizing programs that utilize adult stem cells and cord blood stem cells to treat a range of diseases in adults and children. Passage ensures the adult stem cell programs will be funded through 2020, and the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and National Cord Blood Inventory will be funded for another five years. “It remains one of the best kept secrets in America that umbilical cord blood stem cells and adult stem cells in general are curing people of a myriad of terrible conditions and diseases in adults as well as children. “Cord blood, which was once seen as medical waste, is now making miracles,” said bill sponsor Rep. Smith. HR 2820 was championed...

Scientists Say Aborted Babies are ‘Essential for Research’, Yet No One Has Ever Been Cured

[Comment: Although the mainstream media continues to downplay or ignore the issue, the defense of using aborted babies’ body parts is unraveling. N. Valko RN, 16 Aug 2015] Scientists Say Aborted Babies are “Essential for Research,” Yet No One Has Ever Been Cured With the exposure of Planned Parenthood’s activities in procuring aborted babies for scientists, the media is buying into the lie that this is “life-saving” research. In a recent article picked up by the AP and published in US News, the hysterics were evidenced by the headlines “Amid uproar over anti-abortion videos scientists say fetal tissue essential for research”. The article starts out sounding like talking points for Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards by quoting from Stanford University spokesperson Lisa Lapin: “If researchers are unable to work with fetal tissue, there is a huge list of diseases for which researchers would move much more slowly, rather than quickly, to find their cause and how they can be cured.” Not only has there never been a cure for any disease whatsoever using aborted fetal material, the very next sentence demonstrates what’s really behind their motives. “From 2011 through 2014 alone, 97 research institutions – mostly universities and hospitals – received a total of $280 million in federal grants for fetal tissue research from the National Institutes of Health.” Cha-ching! Looks like government defunding of Planned Parenthood is only the tip of the iceberg, isn’t it? Next the article notes that vaccines for hepatitis A, German measles, chickenpox and rabies were developed using cell lines grown from tissue from elective abortions. “What they fail to admit is that with the...

April – February 2014: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

    NEW! Amazing New Spinal Cord Implant Revives Legs of 4 Paralyzed Men Save a Baby’s Life, Save Two Lives with Umbilical Cord Blood Error Eventually Promotes Truth …  [Ed. While this is actually not a stem cell success, it is a regenerative success, nonetheless!] Amazing New Spinal Cord Implant Revives Legs of 4 Paralyzed Men Improvement is generally thought of in a positive light. Medical technology has improved to help people’s lives in all sorts of ways… Four men who were completely paralyzed below the waist are now able to move their legs, toes and lift up to 100 kilograms with their legs. These men are part of a group who have received electrical implants which have “reawakened” their spinal cords. New Scientist explains how the breakthrough technology works: The device – an array of electrodes – is implanted not at the point of injury, but in the still intact lumbosacral region of the spinal cord, which is the main information hub linking the brain to the lower limbs. Despite being crushed, Angeli says, the spinal cord and its associated nerve connections retain huge capacity to continue sending messages.   …     Angeli says the implant restores what in healthy people would be the resting potential of the spinal cord – the baseline electrical activity that keeps the cord alert, but which wanes through lack of use in people who are paralysed.     Once this background electrical impetus is restored artificially, the cord reawakens and can register the brain’s “intent” to move and convert this into fine movement at the motor neuron level. And by modulating the voltage...

November – January 2013: Cloning & Stem Cell Research

     FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…    NEW! Once-Paralyzed Man Given New Lease on Life Thanks to Adult Stem Cells NEW! Adult Stem Cell Research Has Defeated Embryonic Stem Cells for Funding Priorities Down Syndrome Reversed in Newborn Mice with Single Injection Human Trials With Ethical Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Start Soon What is HeLa? Possible HIV “Cure” is a Victory for Adult Stem Cell Research — http://www.lifenews.com/2013/07/05/possible-hiv-cure-is-a-victory-for-adult-stem-cell-research/ Adult Stem Cells Could Help Amputees With Limb Regrowth Commentary: Two-Year-Old Emerges From “Vegetative State” After Adult Stem Cell Treatment: Another Reason to End the Deliberate Inhumane Killing of the Brain Injured Toddler Gets Windpipe Grown From Her Own Stem Cells Scientists Clone and Kill Human Embryos for Dubious Research / Scientists Claim They Have Cloned Human Embryos for Stem Cells New Human Cloning Research Exploits Women, Destroys Human Life Unethical Scientists are Making Human-Animal Hybrids, Again Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer IS Human Cloning Not With a Bang, But a Whimper: the Quiet Demise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Confused About Stem Cell Research? Another Pro-Life Primer Soccer Stars Saving Ethical Umbilical Cord Stem Cells for Future Needs Scientists Make Brain Cells From Sloughed-off Kidney Cells Found in Human Urine… Once-Paralyzed Man Given New Lease on Life Thanks to Adult Stem Cells Here is the latest in the many stories we’ve carried about the remarkable improvements in patients who have been treated not with embryonic stem cells (there have been no such improvements) but with ethically unobjectionable adult stem cells which are obtained from bone marrow, blood, fat tissue, umbilical cord blood, and other...

December – January 2012: Stem Cell Research

FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…   www.stemcellresearchfacts.org   Adult Stem Cell Research Pioneers Deserve More Attention Nose Cells Help Dogs Walk Again After Spinal Cord Injury California Panel Awarded Stem Cells Grants to Its Directors Adult Stem Cells from Blood to Cure Wrinkles Scientists Continue Trend Towards Adult Stem Cell Research Stem Cell Bank Closes as Embryonic Research 'Dies Off' Report: Stem Cell Research Debate Over, Embryonic Side Lost Skin Cells From Heart Failure Patients Made Into Healthy New Heart Muscle Cells Adult Stem Cell Treatments Move Ahead, Embryonic Stem Cells Fall Farther Behind Commentary: Embryonic Stem Cell Researcher Resigns, Fabricated Experiment Adult Stem Cells Make New Blood Vessels for Heart Really Bad News: FDA Permits Use of Fetal Brain Tissue in Lab Experiments The Heart of Life Komen: Embryonic Research Has “Not Shown Promise” for Breast Cancer, Yet Funding Continues Embryonic-Like Stem Cells Have Yet To Cure Any Patients Adult Stem Cell Studies in Mice Combat Aging Effects Adult Stem Cells Use Special Pathways To Repair Damaged Muscle   COURT CASE Legal Battle Over Obama’s Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding Moves Ahead… Adult Stem Cell Research Pioneers Deserve More Attention It was very heartening to see Dr. Shinya Yamanaka recognized with the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine [1], for his work in development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), an ethical route to create pluripotent stem cells [2]. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/11/21/adult-stem-cell-research-pioneers-deserve-more-attention/ Nose Cells Help Dogs Walk Again After Spinal Cord Injury Dogs are well known for their keen sense of smell. It turns out their noses are good for more than just...

Adult Stem Cell Research Showed Tremendous Success in 2007 Studies, Trials

Adult stem cell research had an impressive track record as of 2006 — over 1100 FDA approved clinical trials in the USA for 72 different illnesses and disabilities. 2007 saw further advances in adult stem cell research and therapy. Currently, peer-reviewed studies have documented over 1400 FDA approved trials for 73 different conditions in humans where patient health has been improved through adult stem cell therapy… As the reader will see from our prior publication, "Adult Stem Cell Success Stories – 2006," [1] adult stem cell research had an impressive track record as of 2006 — over 1100 FDA approved clinical trials in the United States for 72 different illnesses and disabilities. 2007 saw further advances in adult stem cell research and therapy. Currently, peer-reviewed studies have documented over 1400 FDA approved trials [2] for 73 different conditions in humans where patient health has been improved through adult stem cell therapy [3]. Adult stem cells are found throughout the human body from birth onward, in placentas, and in umbilical cord blood. Unlike embryonic stem cell research, no embryos are destroyed in retrieving them. Unlike embryonic stem cells and the recently discovered (and ethical) "induced pluripotent stem cells" ("iPS cells")[4], adult stem cells do not create tumors [5].  Treatments with adult stem cells continue to be so impressive and continually increasing that we have decided to publish a yearly update each fall/winter. (Note: There have been no successful treatment trials in human beings using embryonic stem cells.) Below we summarize some of the developments in adult stem cell research and treatments since our 2006 paper. Heart Tissue Regeneration Doug Rice...

NIH FAQs About Adult Stem Cell Transplants

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Bone Marrow Transplantation and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation: Questions and Answers about these Adult/NONembryonic Stem Cells Key Points Hematopoietic or blood-forming stem cells are immature cells that can mature into blood cells. These stem cells are found in the bone marrow, bloodstream, or umbilical cord blood (see Question 1). Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) are procedures that restore stem cells that were destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy (see Questions 2 and 3). In general, patients are less likely to develop a complication known as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) if the stem cells of the donor and patient are closely matched (see Question 5). After being treated with high-dose anticancer drugs and/or radiation, the patient receives the harvested stem cells, which travel to the bone marrow and begin to produce new blood cells (see Questions 11 to 13). A “mini-transplant” uses lower, less toxic doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation to prepare the patient for transplant (see Question 15). A “tandem transplant” involves two sequential courses of high-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant (see Question 16). The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) maintains an international registry of volunteer stem cell donors (see Question 19). What are bone marrow and hematopoietic stem cells? Bone marrow is the soft, sponge-like material found inside bones. It contains immature cells known as hematopoietic or blood-forming stem cells. (Hematopoietic stem cells are different from embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells can develop into every type of cell in the body.) Hematopoietic stem cells divide to form more...

Myths/Facts About Embryo-Destructive Stem Cells (updated)

In July  2006, 3 bills related to stem cells were brought before the US Senate: H.R. 810, which would have required federal funding of research using stem cells obtained by killing human embryos, was vetoed.  S. 3504 – the Fetus Farming Prohibition Act – will make it a federal crime for a researcher to use tissue from a human baby who has been gestated in a woman's womb – or an animal womb – for experimentation and S. 2754 – the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act – would have encouraged scientists to seek ethical stem-cell alternatives. Media outlets reported that the administration was "out of step" with the American people on this issue, but that could be because the media fails to emphasize four important facts: (1) Privately funded embryonic stem cell research has been going on for quite some time, in America and abroad, and will continue. As of this date, zero remedies produced by this destructive research have proved fruitless in human treatment. (2) Other types of ethical stem cell research, including adult, placental, and umbilical cord stem cells, have produced dozens of therapies and cures and are currently improving the lives of humans the world over. (3) Embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of human embryos that are fully capable of maturing into children, such as those with whom President Bush surrounded himself when he vetoed the bill. (4) The idea of "left over" embryos is a fallacy. If the parents of unwanted embryos desire to donate their embryonic children to scientific research facilities, they are free to do so. The destruction of their children...

Egg Donor Business (for Embryonic Stem Cell Research & Fertility Clinics) Booms on Campuses

Students offered up to $35,000 to sell eggs Five years after a trade group tried reining them in, fertility clinics and brokers are bidding up prices for eggs sold by cash-strapped college women with top test scores and picture-perfect looks… New technologies tied to the Internet have turned the business into a global bazaar of egg merchants, with little regulatory oversight… The pressure on college students — the most coveted donors — is likely to grow.   Advertisements in campus newspapers and on websites plead daily. “Egg Donors Needed. $10,000,” says one in The Daily Californian, the student newspaper at the University of California, Berkeley. The ad, from a San Diego broker called A Perfect Match, seeks women who are “attractive, under the age of 29” and have SAT scores above 1,300. Eggs have been traded almost since the fertility industry started 30 years ago. But now, new technologies tied to the Internet have turned the business into a global bazaar of egg merchants, with little regulatory oversight. Classified-ad website Craigslist publishes 150 ads on a typical day. A Web search for “egg donor” at Google produces dozens of links to advertisers. As other nations curtail the practice — Canada did so in 2004 — the USA is becoming the industry’s last bastion. “We are selling children,” Harvard Business School professor Debora Spar says in a new book, The Baby Business. Spar wants a national debate on bringing order and safety to an industry in which spending on everything from fertility drugs to eggs has mushroomed to an estimated $3 billion a year. Donors typically are 18 to early-30s,...

Dramatic Treatments Using Adult & Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells – Bibliography

www.ClinicalTrials.gov – Amazing list of over 250 grants through NIH; at least half deal with non-embryonic stem cell research. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=%22stem+cells%22&submit=Search With patient’s own cells, heart vessels and tissue show mending http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3277225 Check the Score  http://stemcellresearch.org/ Diseases Treated Now with Cord Blood Stem Cells http://www.viacord.com/what_diseases_treated.htm Why Cord Blood is the Premier Source of Stem Cellshttp://www.viacord.com/what_why_premier_source.htm   Adult & Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Research Breakthroughs, Treatments and Cures as of 4/05 Spinal Cord Injuries – olfactory glial cells from the lining of the patient’s nose (1,2) or from umbilical cord stem cells (3) Skull Bone Repair – girl’s own bone and adult stem cells to repair 19 sq in. of her skull (4) Liver Repair – adult stem cells (5) Heart Muscle Regeneration – adult stem cells (6, 7, 8, 9) Blindness/Sight Regained – adult stem cell transplants (10) Crohn’s Disease – adult stem cells from patients’ own blood (11) Systemic Lupus – 90% of 19 patients with autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, are in remissionor have improved after treatment with their own blood stem cells (12) Multiple Sclerosis – one patient improved after treatment with his own adult blood stem cells (13) Parkinson’s – average improvement of 61% increase of coordination and fewer symptoms after transplants of the patient’s own neuronal stem cells (14) Leukemia – 14 of 18 patients freed of the disease; stem cells from umbilical cord blood (15) Sickle Cell Anemia – “Hematopoietic adult stem cells successfully treated over 200 patients. The success rate has been 80-85%.” (16) Rheumatoid Arthritis – patient free of the disease one year after treatment with her sister’s adult stem cells....