No embryos were harmed in the development of this stem cell therapy

2-year-old Dunedin boy Caleb Turner is heading overseas for stem cell therapy. He has cerebral palsy.

Some defenders of the destruction of embryos for stem cell research and therapy use examples like this to bash opponents of the use of embryonic stem cells. Wrong. Yet again in a productive use of stem cells, no embryos were harmed – or needed. Once more, the therapy that offers this hope is an “umbilical cord stem cell transplant.” The cells came from blood from umbilical cords.

Roll on the progress, but don’t bring embryos into it.

Glenn Peoples

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