posted on Mar, 30 2005 @ 03:45 AM
Or perhaps, having a girlfriend that works for NIH, who has been constantly frustrated by the lack of availavility of stem cell research in order to
find new treatments and possibly cures for existing diseases is the reason that this is important to me. My girlfriend has long been a medical
researcher, and has been published in several medical journals with her findings in cancer, arthritis, and West Nile research, among others. She has
been working as a researcher and trainer for NIH and NIAID since early August, 2004. On more than a few occasions have I heard her lament about the
lack of availability of stem cell research. For her, as a researcher on the "inside", I trust her feelings on the subject. She believes that stem
cell research can yield very fruitful results.
She has also calmed my concerns about expensive therapies for diseases, by stating that the expense comes from the massive amounts of money spent in
reseach of these cures. Has it ever occured to you that the elapsed time from initial breakthrough to FDA apporval and marketing is often 10 or more
years? This time between the breakthrough and release to the public of drugs and treatments is because of extensive testing, to ensure that the
drug/treatment is SAFE for you (or anyone else), who are the intended user of this drug/treatment. In that time, research goes through initial phases
of development, to animal testing (which often starts with smaller animals such as mice and rats, and progresses over time to larger animals such as
pigs and primates), then through initial human trials, and finally to public availability. Treatments discovered through stem cell research must also
follow this procedure, to make sure that the treatment isn't more harmful than the ailment.
The only aspect of stem cell research that my girlfriend is currently against is the cloning research, and her reasons are very valid. Until we can
understand the workings of the human body and thereby cure all disease, cloning is a pointless pursuit, as it will only add to overpopulation and
The fields of stem cell research being funded in this bill ONLY relate to curing or treating disease, and not for cloning research.
Stem cells provide a relatively clean genetic code for researchers, and will aid greatly in curing genetic diseases, as well as finding the reasons
that disease occurs in otherwise healthy people. Not only does it provide a means for the potential cures for the diseases that plague us, such as
cancer, HIV/AIDS, and others, it also provides a means to perhaps find out WHY we're suceptible to these diseases, and develops means of prevention
and immunization against these diseases.
Think about that the next time you feel the urge to protest stem cell research.