On Monday, President Obama signed executive orders to allow taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research. Also this week, the Texas Senate is scheduled to hear testimony regarding adult stem cell research expansion within the state. Embryonic stem cells require the cloning and killing of a human embryo for its stem cells. However, embryonic stem cells have shown no results in curing or treating diseases in humans. Adult stem cells, however, do not require the destruction of human life and have treated or cured people with some forms of cancer, juvenile diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease. Darlene Davis, whose son Joseph was cured of sickle-cell anemia by an adult stem cell transplant from his younger brother Isaac, says, “It was a miracle when the adult stem cells in cord blood saved my son’s life.” The Davis family is an FMF partner and will testify with Jonathan Saenz this week.
Eye on ’09: Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells