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Stem Cell Research


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Stem cells are immature cells that have the potential to be transformed into many different types of cells. There are two different types of stem cells, embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells come only from embryos and the embryo (child) has to be destroyed in order to get them. All other stem cells are adult stem cells. Adult stem cells can be obtained from the umbilical cords of newborn babies, the placenta & the amniotic fluid (yes, even though they come from things related to a baby, they are called adult stem cells). Adult stem cells are also found in the various tissues and organs in our bodies, especially the bone marrow. They are used by our body to repair damaged cells.

All of the successes in stem cell research so far have been from adult stem cells. We are now using adult stem cells with success in treating cancer, heart disease, spinal cord injuries, stroke and many other diseases. Embryonic stem cell research has been fraught with problems, especially tumor formation and rejection by the recipients body. There have been no successful medical treatments with embryonic stem cells so far. So one has to ask why do we continue to spend our limited resources on embryonic stem cell research when it is not only morally objectionable, but also unsuccessful. One of the main reasons is lack of understanding about the different types of stem cell research. Celebrities have endorsed stem cell research while appearing with sick or injured individuals, without distinguishing between the different types of stem cell research. A person would seem cruel and uncaring if they were against this. And a lot of money has been invested in embryonic stem cell research companies without any profits as of yet. These companies lobby for support of embryonic stem cell research.

As we become more informed about the issues involved with stem cell research, we are called to speak out, both to our elected officials, and to our family and neighbors, and inform them about the issues, and insist that we do not fund embryonic stem cell research.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you. (Jeremiah 1:5)

CLONING (also known as somatic cell nuclear transfer) In cloning, human eggs are removed from a woman's ovaries by surgery, after stimulating the womans body with high doses of hormones (this process is dangerous for the woman). The eggs are then taken to the laboratory, and the nucleus (the control center of each human cell that contains the genetic information or DNA) is taken out of the egg. Then they take the nucleus from an adult cell of the body (this nucleus contains the DNA from that adult) and place it inside of that egg. Then the new egg is given a chemical or electrical charge to stimulate cell division and a new life is created. Dolly the sheep was created in a similar matter. Dolly aged at a faster rate than normal and developed multiple tumors. Scientists today are working on refining the process, and trying to create human beings by this method. They are also taking cells from early stages of development in this process, destroying the embryo (child) in the process, and using those cells in stem cell research.

For more information see the following links:
These are links about very successful stem cell research being done in Chicago by Dr. Richard Burt.
This is an article on stem cell research on the American website:

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