August 26, 2005
Re "State Fights Federal Bill on Cloning," Aug. 25 I applaud The Times for publishing an article that admits embryonic stem-cell research involves cloning human embryos. The article explained that advocates of stem cell research purposely avoid the label of cloning and use the technical term "somatic cell nuclear transfer." California voters were intentionally misled by advocates for Proposition 71 on this fact. The state must now face the possibility of a federal ban on all forms of human cloning -- including embryonic stem cell research.
April 14, 2007
Re "Facing certain veto by Bush, Senate renews debate on stem cell research," April 11 Listening to the Senate debate embryonic stem cell research, you would think that there has been no success in adult stem cell research. Actually, there have been more than 70 different successes in treating humans with adult stem cells, and none with embryonic stem cells. When pollsters ask people if they approve of stem cell research, of course the majority will agree because the pollsters don't specify which type.
August 20, 2008 |
Scientists said Tuesday that they had devised a way to grow large quantities of blood in the lab using human embryonic stem cells, potentially making blood drives a thing of the past. But experts cautioned that although it represented a significant technical advance, the new approach required several key improvements before it could be considered a realistic alternative to donor blood. The research team outlined a four-step process for turning embryonic stem cells into red blood cells capable of carrying as much oxygen as normal blood.
April 25, 2009 |
Researchers have developed a way to make embryonic-like stem cells by soaking skin cells in genetically engineered proteins, a new step toward using ordinary cells to treat disease. An international team led by Scripps Research Institute in California said Thursday that this was the safest method yet found to transform ordinary skin cells into what are called induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells. They reported their findings -- from research using mouse cells -- in the journal Cell Stem Cell.
March 12, 2009
Re "Obama to reverse stem cell policy," March 7 For all who oppose President Obama's action to lift the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, I propose the following: If you are against this policy, make it known in your medical records. That way, if you are afflicted with a condition that would otherwise be able to be cured because of embryonic stem cell research, you will be denied treatment. Put your health, life and well-being where your mouth is. I'll bet you'll have a change of heart if your life, or the life of a loved one, is spared because of this research.
April 15, 2007
Re "Researchers use stem cells to rein in Type 1 diabetes," April 11 The article highlights the potential of stem cells to treat Type 1 diabetes, but neglects to highlight the fact that this hope is found in adult stem cells, not embryonic ones. The stem cells used in this treatment were harvested from the patients' own bodies -- not ripped from tiny embryos. This experiment confirms again the promise of treatments and cures lies in adult stem cell research. To date, adult stem cells have been used to treat more than 70 diseases and conditions.