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Stem Cell Research Breakthrough


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4555023.stm
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South Korean scientists say they have made stem cells tailored to match the individual for the first time.
Each of the 11 new stem cell lines that they made were created by taking genetic material from the patient and putting it into a donated egg.

The resultant cells were a perfect match for the individual and could mean treatments for diseases like diabetes without problems of rejection.

But the researchers told Science that there were still hurdles to overcome.
this is promising, one thing i hate to see is the stagnation of medical research that could save lives, so if it's not going to take place in the US then let somebody else do it

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I hope that they do well but they are killing little babies (or embryos)!
I think that it is murder to test on an unborn child because that is how they get the stem cells in the first place.

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I think that research to help improve peoples lives is very important and it should not take 20 years to bring something to the market that can help someone today. But on the other hand we need to make sure things are safe before people start using it. It seems even with all the research on drugs in the US we continue to see lawsuits more and more on diet drugs, stress drugs, heart drugs and whatever else that was the hottest thing on the market 2-3 years prior.

I do have a problem with making a baby (and yes I believe a fetus/embryo is a baby/person/human at conception) and then killing it to help heal another person. Why is that babies life less important than the person they are saving? Now this is not a religious standpoint I am just looking at as why is one life more important than another? What if, researches find that people over 70 have a rare chemical in their system that if they area healthly person but we killed them and part of their brain can be removed and turned into a drug to heal cancer in people that are 20 years old, should be do it? I say No!

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I hope that they do well but they are killing little babies (or embryos)!
I think that it is murder to test on an unborn child because that is how they get the stem cells in the first place.
Did you know that:
Multiple fertilised eggs are produced during IVF (test tube babies) and after the mother gave birth to a baby, all the redundant embryo's are just thrown away?

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I think stem cell research is a great idea, but caution must be taken over this development as it seems there is still along way to go before we can start curing diseases.

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I do not doubt or question that at all but I do not agree with that either. I now that is a bi-product of the process and I assume can't be changed?? I am not a doctor (I only play on on TV). I know the arguement would be use these for research but then where is the line to be drawn? Well if these are good enough to kill why not create others to kill and heal people.

Sorry I am not wanting to get on a soapbox, just my opinion. and I have not problem listen and learning from other peoples thoughts.

I do feel for families that have a sick family member that can be helped and I am for research, but to Create a life to kill it to help someone else I think is wrong.


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I hope that they do well but they are killing little babies (or embryos)!
I think that it is murder to test on an unborn child because that is how they get the stem cells in the first place.
Stem Cells can come from the umbilical cord of a baby once born as well.

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Stem Cells can come from the umbilical cord of a baby once born as well.
I have heard that when you are born (or your baby is) that you can have the cord frozen and used later in life?? I am not sure how efficient that is?? Or maybe I just saw that on Star Trek and I am living in my only little world


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Stem cells can also be taken from bone marrow

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Mesenchymal stem cells are found in the bone marrow of adult humans. They have the potential to develop into mature cells that produce fat, cartilage, bone, tendons, and muscle. Work done at various centers has demonstrated that these mesenchymal cells can be isolated from human bone marrow and transferred into cell cultures. There they can be encouraged to grow and reproduce and yet still maintain their stem cell capabilities
http://www.infoaging.org/b-stem-8-r-marr.html

so there really is no need to get it from embryos

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great news to hear... now if only we can get rid of this "moral government" we could maybe cure diabetes or some major diseases.

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I don't see anything wrong with killing a few cells in order to cure diseases which people will be likely suffering with for the rest of their lives. I think its a little going a little far to call a federalized egg a human life, it isn't even close. Its just a few cells with the potential to be a human life. Just having potential doesn’t make something anything. Why make people suffer when they don't have to just because it goes against your personal beliefs.

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That is good to hear.

I think that using a baby for research is wrong because it is a human being like you and me.

I hope that one day they will be able to use the stem cells properly because that will save millions of lives.

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I think that research to help improve peoples lives is very important and it should not take 20 years to bring something to the market that can help someone today. But on the other hand we need to make sure things are safe before people start using it. It seems even with all the research on drugs in the US we continue to see lawsuits more and more on diet drugs, stress drugs, heart drugs and whatever else that was the hottest thing on the market 2-3 years prior.

I do have a problem with making a baby (and yes I believe a fetus/embryo is a baby/person/human at conception) and then killing it to help heal another person. Why is that babies life less important than the person they are saving? Now this is not a religious standpoint I am just looking at as why is one life more important than another? What if, researches find that people over 70 have a rare chemical in their system that if they area healthly person but we killed them and part of their brain can be removed and turned into a drug to heal cancer in people that are 20 years old, should be do it? I say No!

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It's a donated egg, are you saying that it's also murder if that egg just died in the womb and wasn't fertilised? Chances are that egg wouldn't have been fertilised and has therefore been put to a better use in curing someone's disease.

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No an egg that dies in the body is not controlled by human hands (in most cases) that is just how things happen. If a woman gets pregnant and miscarries do you see people dancing? No.. It is a lose of life and it should be treated that no matter what.

Unfertilized eggs die each month until menopause that is natures cycle, we are talking about a live person once the egg is fertilized, it is no longer an egg it is now a human, a very small one but none the less.

Okay lets take this another way, those that think a baby is not a baby until it is out and breathing on its own.. A mother, carrying her baby and someone breaks into her house and shoots her and she and the baby die should he be punished for one or two crimes? Lets take that one more step he shoots the lady in the stomach and she loses the baby does he get charged with murder or stem cell research donations? It is a human life from the very start, the spark of life is at inception.

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Did you know that:
Multiple fertilised eggs are produced during IVF (test tube babies) and after the mother gave birth to a baby, all the redundant embryo's are just thrown away?

I think that we should let the mother decide if she should donate her embryo's for stem cell research. Who are we to decide whether she should do this or that?

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