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Questionable research

Bill Gates and some Hollywood and Silicon Valley tycoons have been misled to donate big money for the wrong type of stem cell research. The fact is that embryonic stem cells have not helped a single human patient. They are hard to control, are genetically unstable and prone to form tumors when placed in a body.

Another more serious problem is that an embryo must be destroyed to obtain the stem cells, and that is morally wrong. The idea that these embryonic stem cells will cure Alzheimer’s is called by scientific experts a “fairy tale” (Washington Post, June 10). In contrast, adult stem cells have already shown positive results in clinical trials and are easily available from a person’s own body.

Dennis Turner testified before a Senate committee that he experienced 83 percent reversal of Parkinson’s disease symptoms after treatment with his own adult stem cells. Two women with serious spinal cord injuries also testified that they enjoyed dramatic improvement after similar treatment. A recent poll confirmed that a majority of Americans prefer their tax dollars to be used for research using adult stem cells.

California voters are smarter than to burden themselves with $3 billion in bonds for questionable research.

Joan M. Thompson

Grass Valley

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