I saw the article Diabetics cured by stem-cell treatment on Drudge and I had to read 3/4 of the article to find that the treatment was based on stem-cells from the persons own blood. When it comes to adult stem-cell treatment they often bury the lede.
Not surprisingly in the first part of the article it said.
But research using the most versatile kind of stem cells — those acquired from human embryos — is currently opposed by powerful critics, including President Bush.
Now since this particular treatment had nothing to do with ESCR it is a non-sequitur to the story, but if you don’t read to the last part of the article you might get that impression that it did.
Update: Diogenes notices the same thing, but also finds an AP story on the same subject manages to mention that the stem-cells were from the persons own blood and doesn’t editotorialize on ESCR.
Did that line about the embryonic stem cells really need to be in the article. News: adult stem cells score another cure. Not appearing in the news: embryonic stem cells still scoreless depite supposed “versitility”. The rest of the article has nothing to do with that line…
The AP article which appears in the NYT not only reports that the cells were from the patients’ “own blood” but includes this interesting statement:
“The research was done in Brazil because doctors in the United States were not interested in the approach, said one of the authors, Dr. Richard K Burt of Northwestern University�s medical school.”
Although I completely agree that the reporter both editorializes and obfuscates, I have to be fair: he actually mentions that the stem cells are from the patients’ own blood in the second paragraph. It isn’t until later that he follows up with the details, but at least the information is there.
On a side note, I’ve a faithful follower of your blog ever since I stumbled across it a few weeks ago. Thanks for making my work day that much better!
My daughter was diagnosed at 10 and we have lived for the day that our prayers would be answered. This is a start. Praise be to God and thanks be to God that this was done with adult stem cells. His truth shall always find a way. Pray for my daughter and all those children who suffer with this condition. She/they are an inspiration to us all.
Pray to St. Josemaria (unofficial patron saint of diabetics) that this discovery is just the beginning.