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Stem-Cell Research: Embryonic vs. Adult

Dear Editor:

John Kerry and Ron Reagan have garnered cheers and headlines recently for criticizing the Bush administration for its limits on federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. Those cheers and headlines, though, have been built on misinformation.

The scientific community is well aware of this sham, well aware that no human clinical trials are being conducted using embryonic stem cells because of their unpredictability and the lack of treatment success when used in animal testing.

But there is a kind of stem-cell research that could prove revolutionary—a kind John Kerry and Ron Reagan and the media haven't even bothered to tell us about. It involves so-called "adult" stem cells, those harvested from such sources as umbilical cord blood and bone marrow. They have shown great promise in the treatment of more than 70 diseases and conditions.

Being unwilling to use taxpayers' money to kill human embryos in the name of questionable science does not make conservatives anti-stem-cell research. It makes us committed to the type of stem-cell research most likely to yield the results millions hope for.

Nancy Lattimer


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