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how can people get embryonic stem cells?

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Why is there controversy with using embryonic stem cells?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Good question!: As i understand it, the right-wing groups calling themselves "pro-life", have consistently opposed use of embryonic stem cells from abortuses or stored fertilized eggs from ivf and family planning centers, as an extrapolation of their stance on many issues that touch upon the definition of life.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It is a religious, not a scientific question. Now that embryonic stem cells have proved spectacularly successful in treating wet macular degeneration, the commonest form of blindness in the developed world, it's my understanding that even the Republican presidential candidate no longer actively opposes their use.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What're embryonic stem cells?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Perhaps our future.: A human embryo consists of 50-150 embryonic stem cells 4–5 days after fertilization, and those few cells eventually differentiate into all of the different specialized cells that compose the entire human body. Since those stem cells can potentially be anything they want to be, the potential for curing multitudes of human disease, using them, is enormous.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to take embryonic stem cells and infuse them into damaged areas and regenerate?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
In research now: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What differentiates embryonic stem cells from other stem cells?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Origin: Embryonic stem cells are derived from fertilized eggs created to help couples who have difficulty conceiving. This is "murder" according to some religionists. Other stem cells come from other sources. However, since the striking success of embryonic stem cells in early studies on wet macular degeneration, even the conservative presidential candidate no longer seems opposed to their use.
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What are human embryonic stem cells used for?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
A this poitnt: Human embryonic stem cells are being studied to define stem cell biology and in animal models to look at tissue and organ repair. This would be considered preclincial at this point, whcih is to say hes are not being used to treat human disease.

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