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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
CNS Says There Are 70 Adult Stem Cell Treatments, But ...

An April 11 article by Patrick Goodenough -- after criticizing a claim by Sen. John Kerry that embryonic stem cells were used to "cure" a mouse (apparently, the mouse was not completely cured) -- claimed that "Adult stem cell supporters point to more than 70 treatments -- not cures -- already being carried out with the adult cells, including cancers, immunodeficiencies, blood disorders and injuries" Goodenough linked to a list derived from one promoted by anti-embryonic stem cell research activist David Prentice (the source of which Goodenough doesn't identify).

But as we noted the last time CNS made this claim, Prentice's list has been discredited by researchers who point out that FDA-approved adult stem cell treatments are available for only nine diseases, adding: "Prentice not only misrepresents existing adult stem cell treatments but also frequently distorts the nature and content of the references he cites."

P.S. In an April 10 WorldNetDaily column, Janet Folger similarly (and misleadingly) claimed that adult stem cells are responsible for "treating 72 conditions (and counting)."

Posted by Terry K. at 4:42 PM EDT

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