Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why One Catholic Blogger Took the Ice Bucket Challenge

From Gerard Nadal, MD:

ALSA has said that they have one embryonic stem cell line that has been funded by a private donor, and that work on this line of cells is nearing the end of its lifespan. That’s not hard to believe . Almost nobody pursues embryonic stem cell research anymore. The reason is simple.

They. Just. Don’t. Work.

They are too young, immature, and undifferentiated to control. They grow into tumors. There are too many unknown variables. They are a nightmare that have produced zero return on investment, and for both parties in grant applications, that’s a big, big deal. Labs have been abandoning them like rats jumping from a sinking ship.

Personally, I would have waited until the embryo cell line was no longer being used at all in order to donate.

Until that cell line is gone, the potential for future research is always possible.

The donation is based on a prediction. That prediction may not come true.