The state of Embryonic stem cell therapy – it’s time to pull the plug on it! is a great article on embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells.

I’m going to copy part of it here:

“The wonderful news from adult stem cells discussed above needs to be seen against a disturbing historical backdrop.  Not so many years ago, not long after 9/11, the scientific institutions were screaming for federal funding for embryonic stem cells, ridiculing anybody who stood in their way (like President George Bush) as ignorant obstructionists who would leave America in the dust of other nations in the quest for a Nobel Prize, all because of a few questionable worries about ethics.  Tear-jerking commercials tugged on the heartstrings of Americans, pleading for access to human embryos so that Christopher Reeve might walk again (he didn’t), or Michael J. Fox might be cured of Parkinson’s Disease.  My, how times have changed.  The Hwang scandal, followed by the discovery of iPSCs, and the rapid growth of adult stem cell therapy, has made stem cell research a new ball game.”

To read the article, click here:

It seems that embryonic stem cell therapy is almost obsolete. All the good news is coming from Adult stem cell therapy and the potential for more treatments seems much higher with Adult stem cell therapy, not to mention the timing. Adult stem cell treatment is far more advanced and new treatments are much closer to being realized than with embryonic stem cell treatment.

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2 Responses to The state of Embryonic stem cell therapy – it’s time to pull the plug on it!

  1. Jeff Johnson says:

    Regardless of whether it is true that adult stem cell research and therapies obsoletes embryonic stem cell research (and I’m not sure this is completely true), the original call to ban embryonic stem cell research was absurd and pointless.

    If embryonic stem cells are not to be used in research labs, they will simply be destroyed in medical waste incinerators. I suppose this must be a victory for those who think magical spirits haunt the tiny embryos: better to burn them than to learn from them.

    • tjguy says:


      Congratulations. You are the first person to even notice my blog! I’m honored! Thanks for stopping by!

      The original call to ban embryonic stem cell research was a moral issue. If you have a different moral standard, then yes it looks pointless and absurd. But you know what happens. Give an inch now and then they push for a yard later. There has to be a line clearly drawn and the respect for life is where it needs to be drawn according to God’s Word. Besides, all the action was with adult stem cells even back then. There was no real reason to push for work with embryonic stem cells.

      Remember, it was never illegal to do ESC therapy with your own money. These people just wanted the government’s money. That is pouring money down the drain. The money should have been given to adult stem cell research because that is where the payback was all coming from. Poor California fell for the lobbying tactics of the ESC fanatics and celebs who became their spokespersons. They tried to make those opposing such research into bullies and monsters who don’t care for people. The opposite is the case. We want to protect everyone from the receding line of respect for life that might eventually come back to haunt us. If we move the line back here, next time it will be a bit further. Anyway, now CA residents are strapped with a 3 billion dollar debt, on top of their already burdensome debt, with not much prospect of any payback. IF they had invested in Adult stem cell therapy though, what a difference that would have made!

      As far as the stem cells in test tubes that will in all likelihood never be used, I would be against throwing them out too. Some babies have been born already using them. But even if they are thrown out, it is the principle of the thing. If we OK that, next they will try and get fresh stem cells approved for experimentation. It is only a matter of time. Like I said, a clear line needs to be drawn and held to in my opinion.

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