ADULT STEM CELL SUCCESS STORIES – 2008 UPDATE: JULY-DECEMBER

Family Research Council (US)

Research using adult stem cells continues to yield successful treatments for many human diseases and injuries.  In this update we highlight some of those treatment successes from the last six months.  This update follows on our previous releases of adult stem cell success stories from the first half of 2008, as well as from 2007 and 2006,[1] and our pamphlet with stories and pictures of patients successfully treated with adult stem cells.[2] http://www.frc.org/insight/adult-stem-cell-success-stories-2008-update-july-december
Background
Advances in science, medicine, and technology may hold promises of improved health and well-being, but may also devalue human life and human dignity. Stem cells, cloning, genetic engineering, and other new technologies need to be evaluated carefully within both a scientific and an ethical framework. Family Research Council opposes research that destroys, harms, or manipulates an embryonic human being. However, we vigorously support research and therapies using “adult” stem cells (such as from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood), which is not ethically problematic and has already resulted in useful therapies in human patients. FRC opposes all forms of human cloning, whether “reproductive” to bring an infant to term, or “therapeutic,” to destroy the cloned embryo for experiments. FRC believes that good science is also ethical science, and supports biotechnologies that advance scientific knowledge and medical treatments, while valuing all human life and maintaining human dignity. http://www.frc.org/life–bioethics#stem_cells