WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for the first trial to see if human embryonic stem cells can treat people safely, a company involved in the controversial research on Friday.
Geron Corp, a California biotechnology company, said it plans a clinical trial to try to use the stem cells to regrow nerve tissue in patients with crushed, but not severed, spinal cords.
This article gives the impression that something happened that would not have happened if Obama had not signed an Executive Order.
That’s not true. Research using embryotic stem cells has never been banned. It was just restricted to existing lines on embryotic stem cells and the Federal government was banned from providing money for it.
Research on stem cells, both embryotic and adult, has been going on for some time. The only advances I have read about have come in the adult stem cell research.
The tests they are doing have already been done with adult stem cells and could have been done just as easily under the Bush administration. In fact, in order for them to announce this today, it had to have been in the works for some time. The FDA has never made a quick decision in all the time it has existed. If they did now it would be an example of political interference, which is not healthy.