Wednesday, April 11, 2007

what timing


Two stories leap out of the news today, the first from the Times in the UK:
Diabetics using stem-cell therapy have been able to stop taking insulin injections for the first time, after their bodies started to produce the hormone naturally again.

In a breakthrough trial, 15 young patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes were given drugs to suppress their immune systems followed by transfusions of stem cells drawn from their own blood.

The results show that insulin-dependent diabetics can be freed from reliance on needles by an injection of their own stem cells.
In fact, the US Congress is taking up this very issue right now, which you political junkies will remember, spurred Bush to use his first veto of his term in office to ban embryonic stem cell research. Well this is such an unpopular stance from an unpopular lame duck that there may be the votes in both houses for the first veto override of the Administration. Key swing vote is John Sununu, Senator from New Hampshire up for re-election next year in an increasingly blue-trending state. This limitation on our science prevents us from saving hundreds of millions of our loved ones, friends and family from ailments, the cure for which now hangs just outside our grasp. Call the good Senator (800-828-0498) and tell him to save our families and not cast another party-line vote for medical know-nothingism.

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