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originally posted by: dawnstar
this article was dated more recently, like....yesterday...
there seems to a few advantages to using fetal stem cells..
and it's not like outlawing fetal stem cell research is gonna reduce the numbers of abortions!!
it's more like banning it would remove a resource that has a pretty large potential from not only medical research but also many current acceptable medical practices that are in use today, and have been for many years.
like vaccine production. which I ain't sure that adult stem cells would be an adequate substitution since they don't multiply as well in a laboratory environment.
and, I am sure that if you are ever bit by a rapid dog, you would prefer that they have a supply of the vaccine ready to treat you with!!
Vaccines Developed Using Human Cell Strains
The first licensed vaccine made with the use of a human cell strain was the rubella vaccine developed by Stanley Plotkin, MD, at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia.
In 1941, Australian ophthalmologist Norman Gregg first realized that congenital cataracts in babies were the result of their mothers being infected with rubella during pregnancy. Along with cataracts, it was eventually determined that congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) could also cause deafness, heart disease, encephalitis, mental retardation, and pneumonia, among many other conditions. At the height of a rubella epidemic that began in Europe and spread to the United States in the mid-1960s, Plotkin calculated that 1% of all births at Philadelphia General Hospital were affected by congenital rubella syndrome. In some cases, women who were infected with rubella while pregnant terminated their pregnancies due to the serious risks from CRS.
Following one such abortion, the fetus was sent to Plotkin at the laboratory he had devoted to rubella research. Testing the kidney of the fetus, Plotkin found and isolated the rubella virus. Separately, Leonard Hayflick (also working at the Wistar Institute at that time) developed a cell strain using lung cells from an aborted fetus. Many viruses, including rubella, grew well in the resulting cell strain, and it proved to be free of contaminants and safe to use for human vaccines. The strain was called WI-38.
Plotkin grew the rubella virus he had isolated in WI-38 cells kept at 86°F (30°C), so that it eventually grew very poorly at normal body temperature. (He chose the low temperature approach following previous experiences with attenuating poliovirus.) After the virus had been grown through the cells 25 times at the lower temperature, it was no longer able to replicate enough to cause illness in a living person, but was still able to provoke a protective immune response. The rubella vaccine developed with WI-38 is still used in the United States today as part of the combined MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: namelesss
ya, now we don't even get to hear the highly edited version of the recording, we just have to take their word for it....
can't help but wonder, did they bring up this dead horse because legislation is in the senate that calls for taking planned parenthood out of the options available for medicaid patients (what they term as defunding) , or is the trial against daleiden and friend about to begin...