Washington, D.C.– With President Obama’s newly established policy concerning embryonic stem cell research, scientists will now have the chance to explore the use of stem cells derived from excess fertility clinic embryos, with the aid of federal funding, according to a document issued by the president on March 9, 2009. In the document titled “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells”, the policy established by President Bush, placed great limitations on the progress of such research, due to the lack of federal funds.
A reported 13 new stem cell lines are the first additions to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Stem Cell Registry and 96 more lines allegedly have been sent in by researchers. The new developments in medical advancement seem to be on their way, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
With this executive order opening so many doors in the science and medical fields, individuals affected by physical disorders or illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may have a greater likelihood of receiving beneficial treatment through the use of embryonic stem cells. For instance, when mesenchymal stem cells (found in bone marrow) were transplanted into the brain of a car crash victim who suffered a traumatic brain injury, the outcome was shocking. This surgery took place in Bangladore, India, the second place in the world to use mesenchymal stem cells in correlation with TBI’s. The motor vehicle collision (MVC) victim that underwent this procedure was in a coma for three months, and lacked any ability to move her limbs prior to the stem cell therapy. Approximately a month later, the patient was fully conscious and could reportedly move her limbs and carry out conversations.
Federal funding in stem cell research, acquired scientific research and experimentation in this field has a great potential to create medical advancements that could help millions of individuals throughout the nation.