Stem Cell - Archive

March 2005: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

Adult Stem Cells Have “Nose” for Success

VA Woman Overcoming Cancer with Adult Stem Cells

Researchers in Australia have found adult nasal stem cells that can be extracted and grown easily and that can produce a wide range of specialized tissues…

They obtained the adult nasal stem cells from humans aged 20-78 years old (including Parkinson’s patients) and were able to turn them into nerve, heart, muscle, and liver cells. In experiments in animals, the adult nasal stem cells produced almost every tissue.

In the debate on stem cell research, we continue to hear that embryo-destructive stem cells have the “potential” to become any tissue and, so the story goes, we must kill embryos and even create new embryos by cloning to research the possible use of embryonic stem cells for disease treatment. However, not even one successful treatment on a human patient with embryo-destructive stem cells has yet occurred.

Yet adult stem cells continue to show that they are the ones that can produce real results, in the laboratory and already in helping thousands of patients.  [Family Research Council, 28 March 2005]

Advancements in Adult Stem Cell Research 2003/2004
Real-World Successes of Adult Stem Cell Treatments
http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS04I01&f=WU05C21&t=e

 

VA WOMAN BEATING CANCER WITH ADULT STEM CELLS – Moira Hall, 22, has been cancer-free for a year after having been diagnosed 2 years ago with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She received her sister’s stem cells, and then a second transplant from her brother.

Her siblings went through 5 days of shots to stimulate the cells to leave the bond marrow; then they donated blood. Moira’s immune system had to be suppressed to destroy her old bone marrow, which was replaced with the marrow stem cells from her siblings. In a few days, the stem cells began regenerating new cells. [OV, 11Feb05; CNS, Angela Pometto, Gainesville, VA]