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    Senior Member Max's Avatar
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    Stem cells can be 21st century penicillin

    Stem cells can be 21st century penicillin


    Positioning Washington as an important player in the national debate over embryonic stem cell research, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Rep. Shay Schual-Berke introduced legislation recently that would authorize this pioneering science.

    The timing for this potential legislation could not be better. Stem cells hold the promise of leading to treatments and cures for catastrophic diseases that plague more than 100 million Americans, including diabetes, Parkinson's, cancer, Alzheimer's, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. Moreover, the state is primed for such cutting edge science because it is home to several large research institutions and a burgeoning biomedical industry.

    Unfortunately, for too long, this groundbreaking research has been tremendously hampered. Indeed, pro-embryonic stem cell bills have been introduced twice before -- to no end.

    Opponents, including conservative lawmakers and religious leaders, cited sanctity-of-life issues and characterized the process, called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, as reproductive human cloning.

    They could not be more wrong; SCNT is about saving lives and the betterment of humanity, plain and simple. We are doing a great injustice to humanity and the future if we allow ourselves to be frightened by the unknown and political and religious agendas.

    Imagine what our world would be like if Alexander Fleming, John Sheehan and Andrew Moyer had not invented penicillin from mold. Today, illnesses from pneumonia and strep throat to meningitis and rheumatic fever are easily treated, but in the days before this miracle drug was developed, thousands of people died each week, month and year from those diseases.

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    Max, thanks!

    I just love the title of this article:
    Stem cells can be 21st century penicillin

    ~ People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about. - Franklin D. Roosevelt ~

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    Could not agree with this more, good article. Lets all support this legislation big time. "Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Rep. Shay Schual-Berke introduced legislation recently". I am going to e mail and try calling the Senator and the Rep Tomorrow.

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