Ethical Stem Cell Research Helps Scientists Study Genetic Disorders

CitizenLink is reporting that stem cells created ethically from adult cells are allowing researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to watch the development of 10 genetic disorders in a lab dish.

My Take?

Scientists produced the stem cells by reprogramming skin cells and bone marrow from individuals with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Down syndrome. The technique could speed efforts to find treatments.

“What you might not hear in the media is that this new development actually uses ethical sources,” said Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action. “Ironically, some of the main proponents of life-destroying research are turning their attention to ethical alternatives.”

I think it’s past time to discontinue the unwise placement of limited research funds into the ethically suspect and biblically immoral practice of killing unborn children to steal their embryonic stem cells.

Embryonic stem cell research has not helped a single human with a single disease.

Yet, ethically permissible experimentation with adult stem cells, umbilical cord stem cells, and placental stem cells are used to treat many people with dozens and dozens of diseases each day.