Reports of successful treatment using adult stem cells are coming in so fast that they are almost “ho-hum.”  Adult stem cells come not only from tweaking adult cells but are also found in other places such as umbilical cord blood.   They do not require the destruction of any human being.  Here is a report of recent impressive results in treating blindness:

Adult Stem Cells: More than Meets the Eye?

Liberals seem blind to the success of adult stem cells. Maybe if they saw the evidence from a recent Italian study, their eyes would be opened to the potential of ethical research. After cataracts, corneal disease is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. In September, Dr. Jean Peduzzi Nelson testified to the U.S. Senate about the success that Italian doctors have achieved at restoring sight to patients with corneal blindness, using adult stem cells. The details of the successful adult stem cell treatment were given in a June 2010 paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Italian doctors treated 112 patients who had corneal blindness from chemical burns. The clinical team isolated adult stem cells from a portion of the patient’s eye, grew the cells in the lab to create many new corneal cells, and transplanted the new cells onto the damaged eyes. Over 77% of patients recovered normal vision, and 13% of patients had partial vision restored. One of the successful transplants was a man who had severe damage in both eyes as a result of a chemical burn in 1948. The doctors grafted stem cells from a small section of his left eye to both eyes. His vision is now close to normal. Seeing is believing! Adult stem cells are helping patients now!

By executive order, President Obama in 2009 had overturned Bush’s ruling against the use of tax dollars to experiment with  embryonic  stem cells.   This past August a US court again halted the federal funding of embryonic stem cells.  In September an appeals court ruled that federal funding of embryonic stem cells could continue for now.

In the meantime – the Washington Post reports on the FIRST STUDY in which a patient is treated with embryonic stem cells, primarily as a safety test. 

Washington Post , October 11, 2010
First patient treated in stem cell study

A patient has been treated with human embryonic stem cells in the first study authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to test the controversial therapy.

The patient, who was partially paralyzed by a spinal cord injury, had millions of embryonic stem cells injected into the site of the damage, according to an announcement early Monday by the Geron Corp. of Menlo Park, Calif., which is sponsoring the groundbreaking study.

It seems the administration and the most pro-abortion-president-ever are bound and determined that embryos must be used to obtain stem cells even though there is a demonstrated history of success with adult stem cells and we do not yet know if embryonic stem cells can by safely used.   The Geron Corporation is able to proceed with embryonic stem cell experimentation because they are not federally funded.

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Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not. -Jer. 5:21

There are none so blind as those who will not see.