Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Stem cells restore sight, no embryos used

Adult stem cells have restored full vision in a man's eye damaged 12 years ago in a violent attack. Russell Turnbull (pictured), now 38, had ammonia thrown in his right eye, which resulted in almost no sight. He had tried various treatments but a stem cell transplant from his left eye has restored his vision to normal.

Sometimes media reports of stem cell treatments and cures fail to mention - perhaps deliberately - that the stem cells are adult stem cells, not ones taken from embryos. Not one single cure or treatment has come from destructive embryo research, yet there are scores of conditions in which adult stem cells have benefitted patients. There are no instances of any major medical advance achieved by abandoning basic ethical principles such as safeguarding the right to life.

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