Posted by: cherrylaurel | April 19, 2008

Embryonic Stem Cell: Cure and Homicide?

To cure one’s disease is by killing another. The Irony of life.

The first time embryonic stem cell was explained to me, I was ambivalent to support it. But then again, i felt that Science has better reasons why they call it “the cure”. According to Scientist and Doctors, stem cells is considered the ultimate cure for Cancer, Parkinsons, Diabetes and disorders like Alzheimers, etc. But there is a catch, the cells needed, in the form of an ovum and spermatozoon, comes from an embryo. And yes, when we say embryo, it could mean a developing human inside a woman’s womb.

Extracting the stem cells from an embryo means killing it. Some thinks that an embryo is not yet a person because it has no brain and sensory organs but some says it is already human only on its development stage. There is also what they call Adult stem cells but cells from adults are  said to be limited and not as healthy as the ones from an embryo have been identified in many organs and tissues. One important point to understand about adult stem cells is that there are a very small number of stem cells in each tissue. Stem cells are thought to reside in a specific area of each tissue where they may remain quiescent (non-dividing) for many years until they are activated by disease or tissue injury. The adult tissues reported to contain stem cells include brain, bone marrow, peripheral blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscle, skin and liver (source: http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/basics4.asp). In Biology class back in high school, stem cell is defined as the building block of the human body, and can reproduce themselves thousand times or more. These cells will later on develop maybe as an ear, lungs, tissues, muscles, heart or liver.

You might be wondering how do stem cells work in our body? I am going to explain it in a way that we will all understand it. Lets say, you have Leukemia, stem cells, which are healthy cells, will be injected to your body. These stem cells will kill all you cancer cells and then when they are killed, the stem cells (that for sure has reproduced themselves so fast) will stay in your body for good and reproduce themselves thus, giving your body a healthy system again. It can also repair tissues, so a person with injuries like burnt skin will heal faster once stem cells are in the bloodstream.

You might be wondering why I am interested in this topic. My family has a Cancer history. My father, uncles and grandmother, all in my father’s side all died of Cancer and two years ago I went under the knife because I discovered a big hard lump on my left breast. It was scary, but thank God it wasn’t breast Cancer. Still my Ob-Gynecologist asked me to observe the remaining three lumps on my right breast because we will never know when it will develop into something that we all dont want to have. If all that has been said about Stem Cells is really true, and they said the treatment has been proven effective, then I truly believe that we have “The Cure”, but we still have to define first an Embryo, because if it is considered human and living then, killing it, is a crime.

Corrections and Additions:

Embryonic stem cells are a primitive type of cell that can be coaxed into developing into all of the 220 types of cells found in the human body (e.g. blood cells, heart cells, brain cells, nerve cells, etc). They are derived from human embryos in a process that causes the death of the embryos.

Adult stem cells bear some similarities to embryonic stem cells. Research using adult cells has a two decade head start on embryonic stem cells. Thus, potential treatments have already advanced to human trial stage. Unfortunately, adult cells are limited in flexibility.

(source: http://www.religioustolerance.org/res_stem.htm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        


Responses

  1. Just one comment on your good article.

    “There is also what they call an Adult stem cell but cells from adults are said to be limited and not as healthy as the ones from an embryo.”

    You, of course, have no way of knowing that this is an outrageous lie, without which the embryonic hoax would already be dead.

    Two facts to prove this point:
    1–Adult stem cells have already been used to successfully treat patients with OVER ONE HUNDRED diseases. There are now 80 published scientific papers describing how they work on 80 diseases. There are HUNDREDS of human clinical trials NOW going on around the world where sick people have their own stem cells reimplanted into their bodies to help with countless diseases, not to mention umbilical cord stem cells (just another kind of ADULT stem cell).

    2–There are ZERO diseases being tested in HUMAN clinical trials on the entire planet using embryonics. There are ZERO published scientific papers papers describing how embryonic stem cells are helping ONE HUMAN BEING fight the symptoms of ONE DISEASE. There are thousands of dead lab animals who have died because embryonic stem cells were implanted into various parts of their bodies.

    But in America, the “truth” is made up nonsense such as you have had shoved down your throat without knowing it: “cells from adults are said to be limited and not as healthy as the ones from an embryo.” S

    Sick people with incurable diseases have two choices–find adult stem cells therapies and take them, or die waiting for an embryonic therapy which will not come in their lifetime.

    Don Margolis
    Founder & Chairman
    The International Center for
    Aduilt Stem Cell Education

    The Center is alway open for inquiries:
    1-215-764-6312

  2. Firstly, just because something is human and living, that does not mean its death is a crime. Human sperm, for instance, is both human (i.e. not that of any other animal) and alive. But most people do no think ‘every sperm is sacred’.

    Secondly, to the above comment by Don, perhaps if embryonic stem cell research hadn’t been banned, or hadn’t been left without government funding, there would actually be some clinical trials. Embryonic stem cell research is running an uphill battle with little support, so you don’t know whether their failure to produce human treatments is due to that lack of support or due to them being inferior to adult stem cells.

  3. Don Margolis,

    Please take note od the terms “said to be” in describing Adult Stem Cells … i did not say that I know for a fact that they are not as effective. I did not solely concentrated on the treatment itself and please read the title.

    Just so you know, I do support Stem Cell Research that is why I made this article.

    I appreciate that you have shared information about the testings and adult stem cells. I stand corrected. Thank you and God bless!

  4. Hmmm…

    I’m no longer asking if embryonic stem cell is homicide or not. I like the insights shared by Don.

    Hmmm…

    I wonder how they harvest adult stem cells. Can people sell cells, stem cells that is?

    Hmmm….

  5. Embryonic stem cells, as their name suggests, are derived from embryos. Specifically, embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitro—in an in vitro fertilization clinic—and then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors. They are not derived from eggs fertilized in a woman’s body. The embryos from which human embryonic stem cells are derived are typically four or five days old and are a hollow microscopic ball of cells called the blastocyst. Growing cells in the laboratory is known as cell culture. Human embryonic stem cells are isolated by transferring the inner cell mass into a plastic laboratory culture dish that contains a nutrient broth known as culture medium.

  6. source: http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/basics3.asp

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