Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research Within Reach

President Barack Obama will be signing an executive order Monday to lift the Bush administration’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Many scientists say that it’s about time that the ban be lifted, since the opportunities and breakthroughs in medical science and health have been hampered by such an inhibiting proposal.

The federal change underscores the transition of political ideologies and practices between the Bush and Obama administrations.  “Even Bush’s own director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Elias Zerhouni, split with the former president on the issue, charging that the ban hampered efforts to find new medical breakthroughs. 

The Obama administration seems to know a good thing when they see it, and part of Obama’s proposed legislation includes blocking future presidents from imposing any restrictions on federal funding for these types of scientific advances and opportunities again.  

When one looks at the big picture, it makes sense to use these frozen embryos for scientific research, since these embryos are set to be discarded by in vitro fertility clinics.  This type of research has the potential to apply pluripotent cells within certain environments with certain gradients of molecules and other biological substances to create new, desired proteins and biological molecules.  The biochemistry is immensely complex, but the potential is there to alleviate the symptoms of debilitating CNS (central nervous system) diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis, with the hopeful promise of curing people with these diseases.  CNS includes the brain and spinal cord, and usually any dysfunctions associated with these areas are both debilitating and fatal as time progresses.  Any type of treatment or therapy that can ultimately alleviate or cure these diseases is a miracle and should not be, for any reason within ethical and moral boundaries, disregarded. 

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~ by jrn320afigueroa on March 7, 2009.

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