Wednesday, 23 December 2009
More Inconvenient Truth...
No, not climate change. Stem cells. Adult stem cells.
And it's very good news, which is probably why we haven't noticed a huge celebration in the mainstream media.
A chap called Russell Turnbull was practically blinded in one eye when ammonia was squirted into it. He was treated using stem cells from his other eye.
So, let's get this clear. This is yet another example where adult stem cells have actually succeeded in a clinical treatment programme. No ethical dilemmas involved. Not some hypothetical, jam-tomorrow, treatment-maybe-in-the-future which involves the wanton destruction of human life, with the possible added complications of tissue rejection or cancerous growths.
But, for some strange reason, the funding nearly all seems to focus on embryonic stem cells.
What happened to evidence-based scientific research?
Twitch of the mantilla to John Smeaton.