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  1. Lee Ann Thill
    Lee Ann Thill May 7, 2009 at 6:59 am | | Reply

    That’s good info, nicely summarized, Allison. Thanks, Amy, for inviting Allison to share that.

  2. CALpumper
    CALpumper May 7, 2009 at 7:06 am | | Reply

    Great info.
    Thanks for sharing Allison with us Amy.

    btw: captcha, possibly giving out phone#s?? –>
    793-9065 remits
    I swear, that is what it says….of course w/o the area code, who knows who it is…

  3. Brent
    Brent May 7, 2009 at 8:19 am | | Reply

    The key comment is in bullet number 2, where the fact that the immune system still doesn’t work correctly is highlighted. Until the autoimmune response can be stopped, stem cell/islet cell transplantation is not going to work long term.

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  5. Jacey
    Jacey May 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm | | Reply

    Obama will only support embryonic stem cells for curing diabetes. He is betting it all on this technology because the public is so fascinated with using embryos for cures. Obama is a genius and will help cure us. Thank god we elected him.

  6. Junior Brooks
    Junior Brooks May 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm | | Reply

    I will not be any part of destruction of embryos for a cure for diabetes. I will not support JDRF because of this. I will also work on a political front to elect persons who are opposed to funding these deaths.

  7. Mandy
    Mandy May 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm | | Reply

    Really interesting!

    Did anyone mention that since Obama is not giving the tax-break incentives for charities (including research) that there will be a HUGE loss in non-governmental sponsorships of research?

  8. Mick
    Mick May 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm | | Reply

    It doesn’t *fund deaths*…nice try though.

    Does your religion/church give these embryos a proper funeral and burial?

    Will you stop driving your car, heating your house, shopping at the supermarket? All these activities actually do cause deaths, and for very selfish reasons.

    Face it, you are just as selfish as the next person, and lying to yourself and everyone else with this posturing.

  9. dan 2
    dan 2 May 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm | | Reply

    Hi Allison,

    Some general comments.

    The original work to discover insulin was performed on dogs by Banting & Best. It is time to go back to the dogs. You may find this interesting. Are you aware that 1 in 7 dogs in America will “come down” with diabetes. It is type 1. Some as early as one plus years old to twelve years old and above. Questions to consider:

    1. What is the replacement rate of beta cells? Meaning what is the lifetime of a beta cell and what is the trigger to turn on the replacement of beta cells.

    2. I had the opportunity to watch very special friend develop type 1 diabetes. There was a sign of being tired. The spunk was missing. She began to drink water in large amounts and had frequent trips to the bathroom. No measure of glucose in the urine or blood. There was an increase in liver activity and the doctor (vet) suggested a different condition related to the liver. Then the urine showed gulcose and the blood results supported the diagnosis of type 1 at an age of eleven years. It took about 3 month for the condition to become detectable. It is over a year and one-half and Maggie is still going.

    3. Dogs have a shorter life span and they can be studied to determine what turns on the diabetes.

    This would allow the monitoring of the real condition with a real animal under viewable conditions.

    We need more studies to determine what turns this condition on andhow can we shut it off.

    Hope this gives you a potential and different approache to the research.


  10. Alison
    Alison May 8, 2009 at 1:29 am | | Reply

    Thanks Allison, that’s interesting and nice to see some realism about the time frames. I’ve nothing morally against stem cell research but have always felt that it’s been a little overhyped in terms of how soon it could deliver benefits to most type 1′s.

  11. Jacey
    Jacey May 8, 2009 at 8:11 am | | Reply

    Micks comments are non-sensical.

  12. Mick
    Mick May 8, 2009 at 11:38 am | | Reply

    Let me simplify. The issue is related to the ethics of choosing who/what gets to live or die and the supposed righteousness of the poster’s position. There are two threads.

    First – and without debating whether a clump of cells is a life – if you believe it is a life then you should also believe it deserves a proper funeral/burial when it is destroyed (isn’t it ironic that you’d prefer to have it destroyed rather than used, a separate question). Why doesn’t that happen?

    Second – if you believe that no one should be able to decide for someone/something else to die, you can’t cherry pick. Yet your everyday activities (as anyone else’s in Western civilizations) kill people around the world through exploitation and climate change. Why don’t you change any of those habits?

    In both cases, the most likely answer is because it’s inconvenient.

    If that’s the case, then opposition to this research on the basis that it is immoral/unethical is hypocrisy.

  13. Jacey
    Jacey May 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm | | Reply

    Like I said before, Micks comments are non-sensical. If it isn’t human…what is it? If offered, I know any church would properly bury and treat with respect the tiniest of human life. So what’s the point of the burial argument? Sounds like another diabetic statist.

  14. Lauren
    Lauren May 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm | | Reply

    Mick, I fell into the trap of trying to use logical arguments to disagree with fundamentalists the last time this topic came up — and trust me, the language of logic is not a language they understand, as you can see by reading some of the comments above. I’ve given up. I’m just relieved that we have a President who understands that we are living in the 21st century, not medieval times.

    I continue to be very pro stem cell research. There are some very exciting findings coming out of Feinberg at Northwestern (with hematopoeitic cells). I happened to watch the Michael J. Fox documentary last night and saw how he copes with the ravages of Parkinson’s. Stem cells have the potential to improve the lives of countless patients who are bravely struggling with the unfair hand they have been dealt.

    I am in medical school right now and I’m starting to see how our hopes are in the hands of the researchers. I’m glad to be entering the field of medicine in an era that holds so much promise for cures and breakthrough treatments.

  15. Lauren
    Lauren May 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm | | Reply

    I think this series of responses is being edited. Too bad. I like all points of views even coming from people who object to their taxes going to embryonic stem cell research. The other Lauren gets full reign with her views and she continually reminds everyone that she is studying to be a doctor. That must make her an expert in the editor of this sites view.

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