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Title: Embryonic Stem Cells = Immortality?


1
Embryonic Stem Cells Immortality?
  • Medical benefits are almost unlimited
  • Cell replacement therapies
  • Design better medications
  • and produce organs, limbs
  • Human achievement

2
Thesis
  • We should increase funding for and remove
    restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.

3
Experience
  • Learned about stem cells and cell development
    through courses including
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • and Developmental Biology
  • Pursuing career in medicine/medical research.

4
  • 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

5
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

6
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
7
Current funding is insufficient
  • ONLY 40 million
  • Californias attempt
  • If we had underfunded NASA

8
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

9
Consequences of Bushs 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

10
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

11
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

12
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.

13
Questions?
14
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
    20Hold20More20Embryos20Than20Had20Been20Tho
    ught20-20New20York20Times.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/c
    hronicle/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/2006/02/23/60minut
    es/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-pol
    icy--legislative-affairs/legislative-news.aspx?d7
    24
  • NIH, Feb 5, 2008. Estimates of funding for
    various research areas, (Viewed Feb. 20, 2008)
  • http//www.nih.gov/news/fundingresearchareas.htm
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