Why is it that Hollywood stars, public officials and garrulous advocates for leukemia and Alzheimer’s cures are insistent on life-taking research over life-saving research? Just scratching beneath the surface has shown us that there are a number of medical advancements with life-saving potential that are being overlooked, underemphasized and flat-out ignored as misguided pleas for embryonic stem-cell research take the limelight. Compare our two potential heroes on both sides of the research debate—embryonic stem cells vs. adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cell research has been abandoned by its pioneers after years of total failure (Dolly the Sheep’s creator) whereas adult stem cells have been proven effective in treating over 70 diseases that affect the heart and immune system, to name a few. Embryonic stem cells require cloning and then destroying a living embryo, adult stem cells do not take a life to save a life. So what about supply? Is the typical response from embryonic stem-cell supporters. It’s staring you in the face. Umbilical cord blood, that stuff typically thrown out after the natural events of a baby’s birth, is rich in stem cells that can be used to treat and save the lives of suffering patients that outspoken entertainment stars and politicians claim to care about curing. I don’t know if compassionate hearts and partisan junkies jumped on-board the embryonic stem-cell train because it was moving so quickly, but progress is on the adult stem cell train, and opponents need to wake up and see they are headed the wrong way.
Umbilical Cord Blood: Don’t Miss What Is Staring You in the Face