Presuming that Michael J. Fox, Nancy and Patty Reagan and other celebrities genuinely want to see cures for Parkinsons, Alzheimers, and spinal cord injuries, they should be vigorously supporting adult stem cell research.
Adult stem cell research shows considerable promise for successful treatments for these and a broad range of other diseases, including diabetes and sickle cell anemia. Bone marrow transplants with their active ingredient being adult stem cells have long shown positive results with leukemia. The list of diseases successfully treated is growing.
Instead, apparently misled by the hype generated by those who want to turn public funding into a cash cow for certain researchers and in turn contributing to the false hopes, these celebrities promote diverting funding away from promising research to the boondoggle of embryonic stem cell research. Jumping on the bandwagon, our politicians are following suit.
In research throughout the world, not just in the United States, embryonic stem cell experimentation has led only to the development of cancer-like tumors in laboratory animals. These cells have so far proved wild and uncontrollable and have not matched the hype with positive results.
The recently passed Missouri constitutional amendment funding embryonic stem cell research actually calls for the cloning of embryos while stating with distorted language that it forbids it. Human cloning is one expected outcome of embryonic stem cell research.
One example of a congresswoman unwilling to follow the pied piper and jump on bandwagons without considering where they are headed, our own Marcy Kaptur deserves our thanks for doing her homework, discovering the facts and voting against the recently passed embryonic stem cell funding bill.
Mary Ann Chimera