Also, see First, Dr Oz on the Oprah Winfrey supports Adult Stem Cell research and now, Al Gore invests $20 million into adult stem cell research and Adult Stem Cell research makes Oprah Winfrey Show with a lesson in Liberal Media Bias.
Below are two articles concerning Adult Stem Cell Research.
The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust board in Oklahoma voted to contribute $5.5 million to adult stem cell research.
Adult stem cells could someday be used as "regenerative medicine” to treat or cure many ailments such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, said Dr. Stephen Prescott, president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
He said Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists are working to "back up” progression of adult cells so they return to a state where they can be reprogrammed for specific uses. Patients could be treated with their own cells to avoid rejection.
The adult cells are not taken from embryos.
"This new funding initiative will accelerate this research while speeding the delivery of new treatments to Oklahomans suffering from life-threatening diseases,” Prescott said.
Adult stem cells multiply by division to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues, and could one day be used to regenerate organs from a few cells, researchers say.
Some stem cells are involved in the spread of cancer, and scientists are looking at ways to destroy them to stop tumor formation, said Dr. Courtney Houchen, a University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center researcher.
"It’s an emerging opportunity in Oklahoma,” said Casey Killblane, chairman of the board."
The Senate approved creating a program to coordinate adult stem cell research and seek funding and direct grants to institutions around the state.
Directors of research at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University have said it would be invaluable in connecting research, making it more effective and easier to get funding.
Although the program would deal with adult stem cell research, the Senate added a provision to require agencies and colleges to report any stem cell or human cloning research."