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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'"

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

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

[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
The Conservative Party of Canada policy document perpetuates the myth that adult stem cells are as useful as embryonic stem cells.

#cdnpoli #elxn43
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.
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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