There is some wonderful news coming out of stem cell research, as reported in the UK based Times Online.
Diabetics using stem-cell therapy have been able to stop taking insulin injections for the first time, after their bodies started to produce the hormone naturally again.
In a breakthrough trial, 15 young patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes were given drugs to suppress their immune systems followed by transfusions of stem cells drawn from their own blood.
The results show that insulin-dependent diabetics can be freed from reliance on needles by an injection of their own stem cells. The therapy could signal a revolution in the treatment of the condition, which affects more than 300,000 Britons. [emphasis mine - ed]
While this is great news for people who are suffering type 1 diabetes, it is yet another successful use of adult stem cells. And what is not surprising is the complete absence of the phrase “adult stem cells” from the report, but the reporter does mention stem cells from embryos and uses that mention to bash President Bush. A liberal twofer!
But research using the most versatile kind of stem cells — those acquired from human embryos — is currently opposed by powerful critics, including President Bush.
Adult stem cell research has been successful in this instance and in many others, but human embryo stem cell (hESC) research has turned up no, repeat NO, successful therapies yet. I add the “yet” because people are still researching hESC for beneficial therapies. But including President Bush as opposing hESC research is a flat-out error. President Bush announced back in 2001 that the federal government would provide funds for existing hESC lines, but there would be no public funding for creating new hESC lines, which would mean the destruction of new embryos. That is not the same as saying President Bush opposes hESC research. He does not, and the reporter is wrong.
But that’s the sort of thing you get when the media reports their political views as news rather than just giving the facts.