Stem Cell quiz

Check out the Stem Cell Quiz at Google videos, and be sure to email it to a friend/co-worker/etc. who may not know everything they should know about stem cell research.  (And don’t forget to tell your congressman to vote against H.R. 3.)

If you would rather email it, here is the transcript of the video:

A short quiz about stem cell research

Think you can pass?

True or False…
1) Bush’s veto banned stem cell research in the United States
FALSE – Neither Bush’s 2006 veto nor his 2001 policy changed the type of research allowed in the U.S.

2) Embryonic stem cell research is banned in the United States
FALSE – Research can be conducted on animal and human embryonic stem cells in the United States

3) Human embryonic stem cell research is limited to the few approved lines and they suck
FALSE – We actually have some of the least restrictive federal regulations worldwide, and the approved lines have been used for most of the published hES studies around the world (hES is short for human embryonic stem cell)

4) Stem cells only come from embryos
FALSE – Stem cells are found in most parts of your body, including bone marrow and blood, placenta, chorion, amniotic fluid, and cord blood, brain, heart, pancreas, liver, dental pulp, hair follicles, fat, and testicular tissue.  With that, you can make any tissue in the body.

5) The U.S. government doesn’t spend much on stem cell research
FALSE – The U.S. spent almost half a billion dollars on stem cell research in 2006 alone.

6) We don’t spend much on embryonic stem cell research
FALSE – $40,000,000 was spent in 2005 just for human embryonic stem cell (hES) research, primarily studying hES-to-animal and even more went towards embryonic stem cell animal-to-animal studies.

7) There are 400,000 embryos in fertility clinics that will just be thrown away
FALSE – Here’s the study
Conclusion(s): Nearly 400,000 embryos are stored in the United States, the majority of which (88.2%) are targeted for patient use. Few are available for research (2.8%), limiting possible conversion into embryonic stem cell lines. (Fertil Steril 2003;79:1063-9. ©2003 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.)

Now, there ARE 400,000 embryos, but almost all of them are designated for future family building.  Only 11,000 are available for research.  That’s 250 per state.  Most are available because of their age or poor quality.  Many wouldn’t survive the thawing process so living stem cells could be extracted.

Let’s move on to treatments.

8) Embryonic stem cells have been shown to be more effective for neural damage & MS
FALSE – In head-to-head studies, adult stem cells outperform them in:
  • the number of axons myelinated per cell
  • the thickness of myelin sheath,
  • and post-myelination nerve signal conduction speed.

Many people have been successfully treated using their own stem cells.

9) hES are a better choice for curing diabetes
FALSE – hES haven’t made the beta-cells that produce insulin.  The closest they’ve come is to make something that doesn’t respond to sugar levels and are rejected by the animal subject.
Yet, for human patients, stem cells from bone marrow resulted in:

10) hES are well on the way to safely curing Parkinson’s (like Michael J. Fox and Pope John Paull II had)
FALSE – They form brain tumors in all the subjects instead

11) hES research will put no one needlessly at risk
FALSE – Poverty stricken women around the world are already being pressured to donate eggs.  Up to 10% of women undergoing the procedure suffer OHSS, which can result in stroke, renal failure, future infertility, and death.  With growing evidence, future offspring are more likely to be deformed or stillborn.

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