Is stem cell legalized?

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Is stem cell legalized?

by vwxyz on Sun Nov 25, 2012 02:54 AM

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A friend of a friend told us the government will not let any breakthroughs in stem cell research/trials/treatments for cancer happen. Wondering how true this statement is.  J.

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by siblingof on Sun Nov 25, 2012 02:52 PM

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It's awfully vague and not true at all.

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by siblingof on Sun Nov 25, 2012 03:05 PM

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To be more specific: Your friend is probably thinking about embryonic stem cell research. It has never been banned by the US government, although federal funding of it was prohibited under the Bush administration and remains prohibited in some cases under Obama. This is due to the lobbying of certain religious groups who view an embryonic stem cell as a person. It not true that "the government will not let any breakthroughs" in this research occur. There are other kinds of stem cells. For us, the cancer's own stem cells are probably the most important area of research, and recent breakthroughs in this area have occurred in Singapore.

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by vwxyz on Sun Nov 25, 2012 07:01 PM

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Thank you for responding. What were the breakthroughs in Singapore? Also, I am not completely sure, but, don't they take stem cells from the patient for stem cell transplants? I haven't had enough time to research the difference between stem cell and bone marrow transplants yet. If the stem cell transplant is different, what are the benefits of the procedure? Things have changed in the last 34 years. My son had his twin brother sucessfully donate his bone marrow back then when it was vetoed by 99&9/10ths% of people for their children. J.L.

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by siblingof on Mon Nov 26, 2012 05:53 PM

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AFAIK there isn't any stem cell transplant available for brain cancer at this time. It isn't known yet what benefit, if any, a procedure of that kind might have for brain cancer. The breakthrough in Singapore was that several researchers there discovered a marker for a glioblastoma stem cell (NOT an embryonic stem cell, but one of the cells which, theoretically, stay behind after surgery or other treatment and regenerate into a new glioblastoma). They also discovered a drug that kills the stem cell. Using the drug, they were able to keep numerous mice with glioblastoma live for nine months, and none of the mice recurred. This may be a very important discovery but it also is years away from any application in humans.

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by vwxyz on Mon Nov 26, 2012 07:46 PM

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It IS an important descovery.

Wouldn't killing the culprit stem cell destroy part of the brain?  I am wondering what repercussions would happen when it is administered, like the question above or a domino effect. 

 Most current  treatments stop/destroy the cancer and area around the treated spot is also affected. 

Time will tell.   J.

 

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