A couple of “pro-life” news sources are reporting that adult stem cells have reversed the effects of Parkinson’s disease in a UCLA clinical trial. One source reports: “Scientists have published a paper in a medical journal describing the results of the world’s first clinical trial using autologous neural stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. A leading bioethics watchdog says the results show more money should be put behind adult stem cells.” What’s this medical journal you ask? Benthan Open Stem Cell Journal, which was started this year. Judging by their website, which looks more like a sketchy off-shore based ebay store website, it seems like anyone can submit and “publish” a paper, which raises a bunch of red flags about the validity of this clinical study.
Also, this South Dakota based pro-life news source reported the story too, and they sure do hype up the adult stem cell aspect of the “study.” They tastefully add that “not a single successful treatment has been developed from embryonic stem cell research.” Great, lock the dog in the cage and blame him for not being able to run.
P.S. This post was not put in the ‘Science’ category.
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