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The Conservative Party of Canada supports a 3 year prohibition on embryonic stem cell research.

They claim adult stems cells are more promising, so let's look at their claims.

#cdnpoli #elxn43 #NeverScheer #stemcells #research #science
The Ford Government has already cut funding for stem cell research.

"Scientist working on treatment of premature babies calls move 'extremely short-sighted and uninformed'"

cbc.ca/news/canada/to…
What are embryonic stem cells?
"Embryonic stem cells exist only at the earliest stages of embryonic development and are capable of making any cell type in the body."

via @UMich

stemcellresearch.umich.edu/overview/faq.h…
Adult stem cells are much more limited than embryonic, they are tissue specific and can only produce one or two kinds of tissue.
stemcellresearch.umich.edu/overview/faq.h…
Embryonic stem cells are produced from 4-5 day blastocysts. (If produced in the human body, this would be BEFORE pregnancy occurs).

stemcellresearch.umich.edu/overview/faq.h…
[Embryonic stem cells].. "are not the equivalent of an intact embryo. If a cluster of these cells was transferred to a uterus, they would fail to implant, and would fail to develop into a fetus."

via @uwmadison
news.wisc.edu/embryonic-stem…
The Conservative Party of Canada policy document perpetuates the myth that adult stem cells are as useful as embryonic stem cells.

#cdnpoli #elxn43
stemcellresearch.umich.edu/overview/faq.h…
Juvenile onset #diabetes mellitus and #Parkinsons disease are just two of the diseases that could be cured with results from the embryonic #stemcell research that the CPC and Scheer oppose.
news.wisc.edu/embryonic-stem…
Two decades after they were discovered, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are being tested as a treatment for two major diseases: heart failure and type 1 diabetes.

#HeartFailure #diabetes #elxn43
Read more: newscientist.com/article/dn2631…
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