Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Oprah Winfrey Show – A Platform to Advocate the Use of Adult Stem Cells?

Nice to see the show being used for something good for a change...

From STR:
...Wouldn't it be great to use Oprah Winfrey's TV show to explain how adult stem cells are superior to embryonic stem cells for potentially treating Parkinson’s disease?
Ask and you shall receive.

Check out how Dr. Oz explains to Oprah, her audience, and Michael J. Fox (an ardent embryonic stem cell supporter) that "the stem cell debate is dead." The reason? He says embryonic stem cells aren't as desirable because they can become cancerous. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, can be induced to become as flexible as embryonic stem cells without the cancerous side effects. I think Dr. Oz even hints (although he doesn’t spell it out) that cloning won’t be necessary since adult stem cells have the same genes as the patient. (more)


kkollwitz said...

I think a lot of the embryo-killers just don't want the public going soft on the general idea that the pre-born can be used for any 'utilitarian' purpose. So it won't matter to them whether adult cells are better thus far or not.

eutychus said...

Thanks for your comment kollwitz. You may be right. It's not whether adult stem cells are better but simply the whole false notion of that because we can do something means we should