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Poll: Do you support UCC's recent decision to allow embryonic stem cell research?


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   ·   03/11/2008 16:26

Yes, definetely.

   ·   04/11/2008 22:02

Who could possibly vote no to research which may hold the key to treatments for some of the most intractable problems in human health? The researchers who put the proposal to the governing body of UCC are to be congratulated.


   ·   05/11/2008 14:08

John, there is another discussion on this very same thing and on it you'll see the "reasons" people are voting no, thanks to the so called pro-life scaremongering Laughingly people are actually comparing it to murdering children. If they had a kilo less hysteria and a gram more logic - if only

   ·   05/11/2008 21:20

Yes definitely I support this reserch. But maybe we shouldn't let the Government know about this as anything they get involved in they make a mess of it.

   ·   05/11/2008 21:31

Yes but will it be allowed to go ahead? I have a nephew with a rare condition and had been on to stem cell research in the usa,there are stem cell reserch centres in switzerland england and other countries. Ireland doesnt and when i enquired it appeared to be a money related issue as to the reason. We are hoping something will develop here and give us an answer to our prayers for the nephews condition of Friederichs ataxia,muscle wasting the prognosis that has been given to his parents is anything but all i can say is good luck with the research and dont let anything prevent your research from reching its completion.congratulations on the whole effort.


   ·   06/11/2008 20:04

if people held up research on health matters we would have a lot more dead and buried.

   ·   06/11/2008 20:04

The reality is that adult stem cell therapies are (somewhat) effective here and now. As recent studies have shown, they represent a more realistic line for further research than the pie-in-the-sky of embryo stem cell therapies, which always seem to be mentioned in the one breath with the emotional manipulation of "potential" cures. Look at the hysteria in the comments above--more politics than science. There are no major ethical concerns with adult stem cells, whereas embryo stem cells are indisputably linked with the deliberate death of a human being.


   ·   06/11/2008 20:05

I am totally for stem sell research who will be funding it, if it is the government I don't want to know because we have exhausted that subject to death. I am delighted to read a bit of good news for a change and I would love to be a fly on the wall when all the little children are helped by this discovery.


   ·   06/11/2008 21:12

I'm not so sure.........where do the embryos come from?


   ·   07/11/2008 11:16

Only a fool would vote 'no'.

   ·   07/11/2008 12:00

Well said Jack, a for "embryo stem cells are indisputably linked with the deliberate death of a human being" If anything is hysteria, pie-in-the-sky and emotional manipulation - that is.
John J(ZGD74678)

   ·   07/11/2008 20:21

Yes as the father of a boy with Chronic Granulomatous Disease, I am fully in favour of Stem cell research. Imagine the countless people this will help in the future. Congrats & best of luck to UCC.

   ·   07/11/2008 22:18

I haven't seen a clear explanation of what is involved. Are we talking about experimenting on embryos? Now I don't believe an embryo has the full rights of a human being who has been born. But there is undoubtedly something human about an embryo.

   ·   08/11/2008 08:31

Yes definetely. Research is vital.


   ·   08/11/2008 15:19

I was unsure as to how they the scientists came upon the stem sells, this is the info. I found hope it is of some help in the debate This information came from The National Institutes of Health Resources for Stem Cell Research. (On the Internet) What are embryonic stem cells? A. What stages of early embryonic development are important for generating embryonic stem cells? Embryonic stem cells, as their name suggests, are derived from embryos. Specifically, embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitroin an in vitro fertilization clinicand then donated for research purposes with informed consent of the donors. They are not derived from eggs fertilized in a woman's body. The embryos from which human embryonic stem cells are derived are typically four or five days old and are a hollow microscopic ball of cells called the blastocyst. The blastocyst includes three structures: the trophoblast, which is the layer of cells that surrounds the blastocyst; the blastocoel, which is the hollow cavity inside the blastocyst; and the inner cell mass, which is a group of approximately 30 cells at one end of the blastocoel. B. How are embryonic stem cells grown in the laboratory? Growing cells in the laboratory is known as cell culture. Human embryonic stem cells are isolated by transferring the inner cell mass into a plastic laboratory culture dish that contains a nutrient broth known as culture medium. The cells divide and spread over the surface of the dish. The inner surface of the culture dish is typically coated with mouse embryonic skin cells that have been treated so they will not divide. This coating layer of cells is called a feeder layer. The reason for having the mouse cells in the bottom of the culture dish is to give the inner cell mass cells a sticky surface to which they can attach. Also, the feeder cells release nutrients into the culture medium. Recently, scientists have begun to devise ways of growing embryonic stem cells without the mouse feeder cells. This is a significant scientific advancement because of the risk that viruses or other macromolecules in the mouse cells may be transmitted to the human cells. Over the course of several days, the cells of the inner cell mass proliferate and begin to crowd the culture dish. When this occurs, they are removed gently and plated into several fresh culture dishes. The process of replating the cells is repeated many times and for many months, and is called subculturing. Each cycle of subculturing the cells is referred to as a passage. After six months or more, the original 30 cells of the inner cell mass yield millions of embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells that have proliferated in cell culture for six or more months without differentiating, are pluripotent, and appear genetically normal are referred to as an embryonic stem cell line. Once cell lines are established, or even before that stage, batches of them can be frozen and shipped to other laboratories for further culture and experimentation. Caitlin.


   ·   08/11/2008 20:46

YES YES YES YES YES. I wonder if some of the nay-sayers had Multiple Sclerosis, like I do, and see how they felt about the necessity of the research then. Anyway, there are embryos being created and destroyed during assisted fertility so it's hardly like this is really a new development in Ireland.


   ·   09/11/2008 10:49

Embryo stem cells are not linked to murder, it is not even linked to abortion. every baby has an umbilical cord. when that baby is born and the cord cut, it can do such a lot. in my own case it could cure my type 1 diabetes, and not because I don't like taking the injections, after 35 years that doesn't really upset me but I and every other diabetic is looking at blindness, kidney dialysis and heart attacks. stem cells could save me that much, they could cure my friend of MS, they could cure parkinsons and alzheimers. how can anyone be against that?


   ·   10/11/2008 23:33

Hi Eliz. Are you not thinking of umbilical fluid, I believe that is different from what is being discussed here. I am no authority but I did Google the info. I am for saving life and curing illness but if I had a choice I would prefer if the stem cells were acquired from fluid obtained from umbilical cord. That would be my ideal but whatever it takes, and I do appreciate how the other bloggers feel when there may be a cure in site. I hope so for all your sakes and future generations. Caitlin.

   ·   12/11/2008 19:11

Oh how my Alma Mater has lost its way.

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