Some Orange County-based adult stem cell researchers believe President Barack Obama's decision to lift a ban on federal funding for human embryonic research could endanger financial backing for existing efforts. The president's recent decision has been met with much praise from the scientific community, however, Ray Carter, CEO of San Clemente-based STEMTech HealthSciences, fears the move could divert attention away from the continued need for funding.
"The amazing advances over the past few years in adult stem cell science, including the Nobel Prize winning advances that led to the discovery that adult stem cells travel to tissues and organs needing renewal and become cells of these organs and tissues, are at risk of being eclipsed because of the media and business furor over embryonic stem cells" says Carter.
While embryonic stem cells are extracted from embryos, adult stem cells are created naturally by a person's own body – and both methods have shown medical progress.
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