Scientific Breakthrough! No Embryonic Stem Cells Needed

This pretty much removes any sideline reason for justifying abortion. One more nail in the coffin of abortion.

The abortion-rights arguments that cite embryonic stem cells as the potential solution for a vast array of human diseases has taken another significant hit with an announcement from a San Francisco research and development company that it has defined and isolated an adult cell that has been shown to develop into tissues matching those in the heart, lung, liver, pancreas, blood vessels, brain, muscle, bone and fat.

The announcement this week from Medistem Inc. says its newest tests reveal the cell can regenerate failed blood vessels, allowing a restoration of health in limbs once given no alternative but amputation.

Advocates for medical research long have cited their desire for embryonic stem cells to study as a possible solution to myriad human diseases, although few results actually have been documented. Celebrities also have chimed in, such as actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. During the last election he lobbied for a Missouri plan that enshrined in the state constitution the right to clone human embryos for “research.”

Now officials with Medistem Laboratories have confirmed their Endometrial Regenerative Cell has treated an advanced form of peripheral artery disease known as critical limb ischemia successfully.

In a peer reviewed publication, the team supported by Medistem said the administration of ERC “preserved leg function and viability in animals induced to mimic the human condition of critical limb ischemia.”

“As a physician to sufferers of critical limb ischemia, I am extremely proud to be involved in developing therapeutic applications using the ERC cell. If approved by the FDA, we may one day provide this patient population with an option to amputation,” said Dr. Michael Murphy, a vascular surgeon who served as lead author.

Thomas Ichim, CEO for the publicly held company based in California, told WND that while the focus in the company’s current work is on blood vessels and specific circulation problems, the cell has been shown to regenerate into at least nine different types of tissues.

He said there are possibilities now to develop preventative or other treatments for liver disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, pulmonary disease, heart disease and others.

He said the cell, a naturally produced result of the menstrual cycle, also avoids some of the complications found with embryonic stem cells, such as a specific type of cancer.

The company has been collaborating with Murphy on its work for some time, and has filed patents covering the cells and various uses, as a sort of “universal donor” cell.

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2 Responses to “Scientific Breakthrough! No Embryonic Stem Cells Needed”

  1. Tania Doyle says:

    If anyone is interested in reading the scientific paper that is being discussed, here is a free link to it

    congratulations Medistem !!

  2. Carly Fiori says:

    This article is interesting because the company Medistem is already publishing about patients being treated with these cells and having responses. Particularly in the area of ischemic diseases.

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