71 Reasons to Support Stem Cell Research
Discussions about stem cell research are often very scientific, but it's important to keep our eye on the prize. Ultimately, this isn't about blastocysts, or somatic nuclear transfer, e=mc2, dilithium crystals, etc., etc., etc., -- it's about cures. The "pro stem cell" movement is first and foremost a "pro cures" movement.
Here are 71 diseases and injuries that may be treated or cured by stem cell research. First, a caveat -- this research is still in its early stages, and we're not saying that cures are here today, or will be here next week. But we are saying this -- with stem cell research, we will almost certainly get these cures and treatments sooner -- a lot sooner. It's not a promise of a cure, but it is a promise of one key thing -- more hope. A lot more hope.
Okay, so here's the list.
Autoimmune Diseases/ Musculoskeletal/ Connective Tissue Disorders
Bladder/Kidney, Brain/Central Nervous System, Breast, Colon/Lower Bowel, Endometrium/Cervix/Ovary, Esophagus, Leukemia, Liver, Lungs/Respiratory System, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Pancreas, Prostate, Skin, Stomach
Acute Ischemic Heart Disease (angina), Myocardial Infarction (heart attack), Chronic Ischemic Heart Disease (athersclerotic heart disease), Cardiomyopathy Cerebrovascular Disease (stroke)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis
Severe Burns, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Spinal Cord Injury
Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa
Adrenoleukodystrophy, Aspartylglycosaminuria, Canavan's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Fabry Disease, Fucosidosis, Gaucher Disease, Leukodystrophy, Mucopolysaccharidoses, Niemann-Pick Disease, Pompe Disease, Porphyria, Sickle Cell Disease, Tay-Sachs Disease, Type 2 Diabetes
Becker, Duchenne, Emery Dreifuss, Facioscapulohumeral, Fukuyama, Limb Girdle, Myasthenia Gravis, Myotonic Dystrophy
Neurological Diseases of Adulthood
Neurological Diseases of Childhood
Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Rett Syndrome
Source: Yes on 71 - Californians for Stem Cell Research & Cures, 2004.
(NOTE: This is NOT an exhaustive scientific accounting of all potential target diseases but, rather, intended as a guide for the lay-public to use in their advocacy efforts)
John Hlinko @ 01:00 PM