Adult & Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Research (Ethical)

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 in the Senate by Senators Orrin Hatch, Jack Reed, Richard Burr and Al Franken, and was signed into law by President Obama.
[47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22, 2015]