posted on Oct, 16 2005 @ 07:35 PM
I heard about the tests regarding skin cell derrived stem cells a few months ago. Very interesting and promising stuff.
Even with both of these new advancements, here's the problem:
The term "stem cell" has become associated with "aborted fetus" by the media coming out of the pro-life organizations. Chances are, these
alternatives won't be covered by these same oraganizations. As many people as there are within the American public that will accept anything the
media tells them, chances are, they will still never approve the use of stem cells in research, even with these alternative methods, because they'll
have never heard of the alternatives.
The only way I can see stem cell research flying with full support from the federal government and most pro-life groups, is in convicing the leaders
of such groups that these alternative methods can be useful, and won't harm a fetus. Honestly, I see it being (at least) another ten years of media
influence on the general public before these alternatives become known and accepted.
Personally, I think that we should have had massive funding for this research years ago - there is an ample amount of aborted fetuses to draw from,
pro-life groups notwithstanding. It's been known for a long time the potential benefits of this research, and as such, should have been pursued in
large scale, even before these advancements came about, and even moreso now.