Stem Cells Found in Adipose Tissue Show Great Ethical Promise, Says the American Bioethics Advisory Commission

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Bioethics Advisory Commission

    WASHINGTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to findings of pluripotent
 stem cells in adipose (fat) tissue, Father Joseph C. Howard, Jr., executive
 director of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission, said, "Such effective
 research poses no ethical problems, since human persons would not destroyed in
 the process of obtaining stem cells."
     On the other hand, Father Howard said, "It is incumbent on President Bush
 to immediately ban experimentation on stem cells harvested from embryonic and
 aborted persons. To refuse to issue an executive order would signal crassness
 in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence confirming that the promise of
 stem cell research may be found only through ethical means. To fail to do so
 would provide political shelter for scientists seeking federal funds for
 experimentation that involves the killing of embryonic persons."
     Father Howard said that stem cells obtained from adipose tissue -- removed
 from adult persons via standard liposuction techniques -- can be isolated and
 manipulated into a variety of desired cell types.
     "This research launches us over the hurdle of finding and isolating adult
 stem cells. With firm resolve, we have the opportunity now to leave behind the
 horrors of embryonic stem cell experimentation which always involves the
 killing of human persons."
 
     ABAC is dedicated to defending the human person. ABAC is a division of
 American Life League. http://www.all.org/abac
 
 

SOURCE American Bioethics Advisory Commission
    WASHINGTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to findings of pluripotent
 stem cells in adipose (fat) tissue, Father Joseph C. Howard, Jr., executive
 director of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission, said, "Such effective
 research poses no ethical problems, since human persons would not destroyed in
 the process of obtaining stem cells."
     On the other hand, Father Howard said, "It is incumbent on President Bush
 to immediately ban experimentation on stem cells harvested from embryonic and
 aborted persons. To refuse to issue an executive order would signal crassness
 in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence confirming that the promise of
 stem cell research may be found only through ethical means. To fail to do so
 would provide political shelter for scientists seeking federal funds for
 experimentation that involves the killing of embryonic persons."
     Father Howard said that stem cells obtained from adipose tissue -- removed
 from adult persons via standard liposuction techniques -- can be isolated and
 manipulated into a variety of desired cell types.
     "This research launches us over the hurdle of finding and isolating adult
 stem cells. With firm resolve, we have the opportunity now to leave behind the
 horrors of embryonic stem cell experimentation which always involves the
 killing of human persons."
 
     ABAC is dedicated to defending the human person. ABAC is a division of
 American Life League. http://www.all.org/abac
 
 SOURCE  American Bioethics Advisory Commission