Posted by Bruce
on November 05, 2000 at 14:16:44:
In Reply to: Stem Cell Research posted by Chris Clift on November 05, 2000 at 12:01:57:
: Having read about Professor David Brooks' work on the above subject I'd be intrested to find out if there is anywhere else doing similar work and whether this is the "answer" to PD. So far the only reference I've found is on the Hammersmith Hospital (London) web site.
Chris, this is an area that is contrversial in this country, because of the abortion issue and the cells come from aborted fetusea. The University of Colorado health center has done a lot of research on this subjest.
They have found that a few patients who have been injected with fetal cells are still doing very well amd, so far. are free of symptoms.
They next used fetal cells from pigs and didn't come up with any significant results.
However, they have successfully grown fetal stem cellsin tissue culture and was able to convert the cells into dopamine producing neurons. Also, they say they were able to eliminate all Parkinson's symptoms in laboratory rats, after being injected with the neurons taken from cell cultures.
The researcher at U. of Colorado complained that stem cell research is grossly under funded by the NIH and progress will be delayed for that reason. He did say their should be human trials in a few years.
I do think their is a lot of misinformation about how the stem cells are obtained for the research. The cells are taken from in vitro fertilized eggs that have been frozen in case they are needed to implant into women who have had problems getting pregnant and it has been said the fertilized eggs would have been discarded whether the cells would have been used for research or not.
I am not giving my opinion that we should use fetal cells, but just providing information. Bruce