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Many of us know that the center of the debate of the Pros and Cons of
Stem Cell Research revolves around embryonic stem cells and whether
or not using them is morally appropriate. But, are politics and the media
hiding the real potential of it's brother Adult Stem Cell Research?
Ultimately, the real question is whether or not Adult Stem Cells have as
many capabilities as Embryonic Stem Cells. For many years the stem
cell debate was fueled by the embryonic stem cell advocates ...



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Many of us know that the center of the debate of the Pros and Cons of Stem Cell
Research revolves around embryonic stem cells and whether or not using them is
morally appropriate. But, are politics and the media hiding the real potential of it's
brother Adult Stem Cell Research? Ultimately, the real question is whether or not
Adult Stem Cells have as many capabilities as Embryonic Stem Cells. For many years
the stem cell debate was fueled by the embryonic stem cell advocates saying that Adult
Stem Cells weren� t really capable of turning into other types of cells (which is the real
benefit of stem cell research) and were therefore limited in what they could become.
You might be surprised at the new developments in Adult Stem Cell Research.
It should be noted that more money is given to Adult Stem Cell Research (the NIH
gave $190 Million last year compared to the $24.8 million given for Embryonic Stem
Cells). We hear all the time, from advocates such as Michael J. Fox, that Embryonic
Stem Cells are the real future in stem cell research and that the promising research is
done in the field. But, what many of the Adult Stem Cell critics are missing is that
Adult Stem Cells have been used in many treatments 72 adult stem cell treatments
have been performed at last count, while a whopping 0 have been performed from
Embryonic Stem Cells. These same Adult stem cells are used in bone-marrow
transplants and even treat certain cases of leukemia and other blood disorders. There
are also treatments being made for heart attacks, liver, bone and brain diseases and
disorders. Adult Stem Cells can also be derived from many places such as Umbilical
Cord Blood, Hair Follicles, Skin Cells, and several others.
� Osiris, which grew out of research by scientists at Case Western University in
Cleveland, is using stem cells from bone-marrow donors to target, among other
maladies, heart disease, specifically heart attacks. It is in early-stage human testing of a
therapy in which heart-attack patients are intravenously injected with stem cells that
are said to migrate to the heart and replace damaged cells.� - The Washington Post
John Hopkins University Professor, Saul J. Sharkis, who has mad advances in Adult
Stem Cell Research, was very surprised at what has been accomplished in Adult Stem
Cell Research. He says, � It is mind-blowing stuff,� and � I never would have thought
this would be possible � Preposterous. Not Possible. No Way.�
Obviously many in the scientific community are excited and surprised by these
findings. If this really is the answer, it could be the end to the debate over the Pros and
Cons of Stem Cell Research as we know it. It is definitely an exciting possibility that
has already yielded some great successes.

				
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