I have no problem with stem cell research as long as it's not from an embryo. There are several other types being researched right now. They also seem to be getting better results. It's actual results vs potential results.
Coaxing More From Adult Stem CellsSo given a choice I'll take the kind that don't leave a door open to unethical practises.they showed that these adult stem cells -- which ordinarily would have become blood cells -- can instead become solid organ cells, or even nerve cells.
By growing cells in a soft, stiff, or rigid environment, Discher's team was able to get adult bone marrow cells to become more like soft nerve cells, rigid bone cells, or stiff muscle cells.
It doesn't hurt to remember that questions like this (ballot wise) are usually about whether the government should fund it, not the legality. I find it very significant non-embrionic research is having no difficulty getting funding from private companies but embrionic researchers are. With significant exceptions that is:Perhaps it is because now we know it is not necessary to use them. Why fund research on a resource that requires the continued harvesting of embrio's from donars? What happens if there is a change in how artificial implanting is done? When there is no longer a excess supply unless you create it?The "great promise" of embryonic cells is often stated by scientists that either hold key patents or are strongly supported by biotech companies pursuing embryonic cells commercially.
It's a slippery slope. Why start on it when we don't need to.
Adult cells are behind much of stem cell success so far <-(comprehensive explaination of research and results)The advantages of stem cells derived from adult stem cells are virtually unknown to the American public. The most profitable, not the best, treatment for people is not surprisingly getting the most publicity.
The greatest advantage of adult stem cells is that it's usually possible to use a person's own stem cells, which is the safest stem cell option for people. This avoids the problems of rejection, disease transmission, chromosomal abnormalities and uncontrolled growth.