Open Letter from the Foundation Director

Should the U.S. government support the creation of new lines of embryonic stem cells?

The answer to that question is not simple. The rancorous US debate about embryonic stem cells bespeaks a healthy society with genuine concern about each and every member, the tiniest and the sickest. Everyone, on both sides of the debate, wants to do what’s right.

But what is “right?”

Should frozen embryos “left-over” in fertility clinics be “sacrificed” to create stem cells to treat heart failure, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and birth defects?

The answer is not necessarily.

Embryonic stem cells from “left-over” frozen embryos are just one example of pluripotent stem cells (pluripotent: the potential to develop into all body tissues). Embryonic stem cells have been important model systems for research, but they will have the same tissue compatibility problems as other transplanted organs.

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Dads Against Diabetes TV Telethon 2005

Dads Against Diabetes T.V. Telethon 2005 Dads Against Diabetes is in the planning stage the first annual “telethon” for Children with Type I Juvenile Diabetes to be held in Houston, Texas, exclusively for Stem Cell Research. We are planning to bring together local T.V. hosts, top entertainers, corporate sponsors and volunteers to make this a successful event. Researchers will be filmed discussing the latest information on their research. We plan to do the event in 2005. We need to raise approximately $2.5mm for recruitment of researchers. We will be mailing the telethon information and our “Tips and Tops Program” to our database of adults and children with Type I juvenile diabetes, asking them to keep sending in their “Tips and Tops” to Houston on a monthly basis for recycling that we turn into cash. We also plan on filming children with Type I juvenile diabetics pouring their Tips and Tops into large barrels during the telethon for recycling. Individual and corporate will be solicited. We would like to know if any might be interested in somehow helping with the telethon?

THE RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE – Stem Cell Research Gains Political Life

LA Times, By Peter Wallsten and James Rainey, Times Staff Writers

WASHINGTON — The sleeper issue of stem cell research leapt into the center of the presidential race Monday as Sen. John F. Kerry’s campaign attacked President Bush with renewed vigor for limiting the scope of the work and the White House launched a multifront drive to show that the president supported using the science to find cures for debilitating diseases.

The Bush administration, stung by evidence that many voters favored less restrictive policies, said the president’s fundamental position had not changed. But it sought to recast Bush’s image on the highly charged issue by portraying him as a champion of stem cell research, as well as of moral limits on scientific inquiry.

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Highlights from the Dateline NBC broadcast

Dateline NBC & Dr. Kiessling

Dateline reporter Josh Mankiewicz interviewed Foundation director, Dr. Ann Kiessling, about why human embryonic stem cell research is so controversial. Dr. Kiessling’s responses were based on the following information:

Overview

The rancorous US debate about embryonic stem cells bespeaks a healthy society, with genuine, deeply-held concern about each and every being it engenders, the tiniest and the sickest. Everyone, on both sides of the debate, wants to do what’s right.

But what is “right?”

Should frozen embryos “left-over” in fertility clinics be “sacrificed” to create the stem cells to treat heart failure, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and birth defects? (Science pdf)

The answer is not necessarily.

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Human Embryonic Stem Cells Book

by Ann A. Kiessling, PhD, Scott. C. Anderson

Human Embryonic Stem Cells
An Introduction to the Science and Therapeutic Potential 

by Ann A. Kiessling, PhD, Scott. C. Anderson

Written by Dr. Ann Kiessling, founder of the Bedford esearch Foundation. Founded in 1996, BRF has been working on this critical research since 2001.

The first book to thoroughly document the current state of human embryonic stem cell research. Essential reading for anyone interested in the controversial science that could heal more than 60% of the American population.

• Provides an inside look from one of the primary researchers in stem-cell science (Kiessling), making this an authoritative text.• Never-before-seen pictures of human eggs.

• An easy-to-understand overview at the beginning of each chapter.

• Second half of each chapter delivers detailed molecular biology of human embryonic stem cells.

• Section on ethics brings more science to the debate, raising important questions for the reader.

• The text provides the results of the latest research with therapeutic embryonic stem cells, as well as a chapter on ethics that could be useful in a bioethics program.

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