Stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy

Brian Harris

Morally speaking, to extract stem cells from embryonic human life which subsequently dies is gravely wrong, regardless of the intended benefits.

In contrast, adult stem cell therapies have had many successes in treating over 60 different conditions, e.g., breast cancer, leukaemia, Krohn's disease and even spinal cord injury.

As distinct from the use of embryonic stem cells, there are no moral problems with adult stem cells, as they can be obtained from the patient's own body. This also avoids the problem of tissue rejection.

Finally, it is important to lobby the Federal Government that any research funding be channelled into adult stem cell research, which has been shown to be successful.

BRIAN HARRIS
Hadfield, Vic

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