Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Investing in Adult Stem Cell Research

As the evidence of the last ten years clearly shows, embryonic stem cell research is a dead end. Despite the constant hype of the MSM and others, ESCR has produced no cures, no helpful treatments, and no promising hopes of real breakthroughs. But the development of medical treatments using adult stem cells? That's where the results have come through -- over and over.

But even if the media refuses to tell the truth about the remarkable successes being developed using cord blood cells, skin cells etc., there are others who are becoming keenly aware that the smart money is on adult stem cell research. Here is another case of a company who is following that smart money in a literal way.

And in a related story, here's a newspaper in Australia describing a major new government investment in adult stem cell research.

Members of Shoalhaven Shakers Parkinson's Support Group are surprised about the amount of funding in the Federal budget allocated to establish a National Adult Stem Cell Research Centre.
Federal Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash said she was delighted to hear the government would direct $22 million over four years into establishing the centre.

Shakers coordinator Barry Mitchell believes the medical funding is to prevent the brain drain from Australia.
He said Professor Alan Mackay-Sim at Griffith University is in the forefront of stem cell research. "I think the money is to get stem cell research under way not just for neurological diseases but other applications such as spinal cord injuries as well," he said.

"Professor Alan Mackay-Sim is a leader in research in this field but he does not use embryonic stem cells, he uses adult nasal, or olfactory, stem cells," Mr Mitchell said.
Olfactory cells are versatile with capabilities to make nerve, liver, heart and muscle cells. A major potential advantage of olfactory stem cells is they could be taken from the same person into whom they are later transplanted for therapy.

"But as far as helping those with neurological problems, I think it'll take a lot longer than they think," Mr Mitchell said.
"We were all surprised the Government is putting so much money into it.

"But I think there's a much bigger agenda we don't know about."