06 July 2011

Reader help needed

Earlier today I was asked if the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) supports either or both Planned Parenthood or embryonic stem cell research.

I have been unable to find a clear answer to the question.  Can any of you kind and dear readers be of help in this matter (documentation will be helpful)?  Many thanks!

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:44 PM

    Fr. Daren:

    Go to MDA's own web site; in their magazine QUEST (which also discusses their ALS research), Volume 10, #1: "MDA-funded researchers have addressed these problems by experimenting with both embryonic and adult-derived stem cells, each of which has distinct potential advantages. (In accord with federal policy set by President Bush, MDA's support of human embryonic stem cell research is limited to some 75 stem cell "lines" created before August 2001.) In principle, adult-derived stem cells could be harvested from the person in need of treatment, corrected for any genetic defects, and transplanted where they're needed, circumventing the problem of immune rejection. Embryonic stem cells, on the other hand, are believed capable of generating more cell progeny and a greater variety of cell types."

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  2. Anonymous2:52 PM

    Sorry; forgot the link:

    http://mda.org/publications/Quest/q101steroids.html

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  3. American Life League List of Charitable organizations:

    Muscular Dystrophy Association

    http://www.all.org/charities/?page=3#Muscular_Dystrophy_Association

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