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Embryonic Stem Cells = Immortality?. Medical benefits are almost unlimited Cell replacement therapies Design better medications and produce organs, limbs Human achievement. Thesis. We should increase funding for and remove restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Experience.

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embryonic stem cells immortality
Embryonic Stem Cells = Immortality?
  • Medical benefits are almost unlimited
  • Cell replacement therapies
  • Design better medications
  • and produce organs, limbs
  • Human achievement
thesis
Thesis
  • We should increase funding for and remove restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.
experience
Experience
  • Learned about stem cells and cell development through courses including
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • and Developmental Biology
  • Pursuing career in medicine/medical research.
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Do you have diabetes or a family history of cancer or heart disease?

Do you have family or friends who are sick?

Do you engage in behavior that has long term negative consequences?

  • This encompasses almost everybody
how would it work
How would it work?
  • Using stem cells one could replace dysfunctional or dead cells.
  • e.g. Heart attack
  • e.g. Diabetes
  • Drug development
  • Regrow organs, limbs
it could cure
It could cure
  • 25 million Americans w/ heart disease
  • 21 million Americans w/ diabetes
  • 10.8 million Americans w/ cancer
  • Countless other people suffering from more than 70 other diseases and injuries.

Seems so obvious…

current funding is insufficient
Current funding is insufficient
  • ONLY $40 million
  • California’s attempt
  • If we had underfunded NASA
restrictions on es research
Restrictions on ES research
  • In 2001 President Bush restricted ES research to 80 lines.
  • Only 20 of the lines are useful.
  • All lines may be contaminated.
  • This current research may fail
consequences of bush s restrictions
Consequences of Bush’s restrictions
  • Dr. Irv Weissman says that these restrictions have severely affected research.
  • Director of NIH Elias A. Zerhouni agreed that research is being hindered
  • According to Martin Rees, US laws have global implications
embryonic stem cells show promise for cures
Embryonic stem cells show promise for cures
  • SHORT TERM
  • Skin grafts
  • Blood producing factories
  • And drug testing
  • LONG TERM
  • Cures for numerous diseases
  • New organs
  • And new limbs
what will it take
What will it take?
  • National priority
  • In 1961 Kennedy issued a challenge
  • We have the money…
  • 275 million a day in Iraq
  • Where do you think the money should go?
  • The more we invest, the faster the benefits could be realized
conclusion
Conclusion
  • People are dying every day
  • If you had a terminal illness
  • Lobby your government representatives.
  • I challenge you to make a difference
  • Help make the promise of embryonic stem cell research a reality.
bibliography
Bibliography
  • Nicholas Wade, New York Times Staff Writer, May 9, 2003.

“Clinics hold more embryos than had been thought,” (Viewed Feb. 20, 2008)

http://eebweb.arizona.edu/courses/ecol223/Clinics%20Hold%20More%20Embryos%20Than%20Had%20Been%20Thought%20-%20New%20York%20Times.pdf

  • Bill Frist, Senator, July 13, 2006. “Time to lift federal restrictions on stem cell research,” (Viewed Feb. 20, 2008)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/07/13/EDGOBIPUT61.DTL

  • Ed Bradley, CBS News Reporter. Feb. 26, 2006. “Scientist hopes for stem cell success,” (Viewed Feb 20, 2008)

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/23/60minutes/main1341635.shtml#

  • CDC, Oct. 26, 2005 “Number of Americans with diabetes continues to increase,” (Viewed Feb 20, 2008)

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/fs051026.htm

  • CDC, December 31, 2007. “Heart Disease,” (Viewed Feb 20, 2008)

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/heart.htm

  • American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2008, (Viewed Feb. 20, 2008) http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/2008CAFFfinalsecured.pdf
  • Cosmos Magazine, July 20, 2006. “Scientists denounce Bush veto of stem-cell research bill,” (Viewed Feb. 20, 2008)

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/433

  • American Association for Cancer Research, March 20, 2007. “NIH director breaks with Bush policy, wants limits eased on stem cell research,” (Viewed Feb. 20, 2008)

http://www.aacr.org/home/public--media/public-policy--legislative-affairs/legislative-news.aspx?d=724

  • NIH, Feb 5, 2008. “Estimates of funding for various research areas,” (Viewed Feb. 20, 2008)

http://www.nih.gov/news/fundingresearchareas.htm