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FDA Stem Cell Approval Breakthrough Laudable
Date:1/23/2009

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the FDA announced approval for the first clinical trials on humans using Embryonic Stem Cells but Adult Stem Cell scientist Christian Drapeau says the experts may not be telling the whole story; Adult Stem Cells have greater potential with less risk.

"While the FDA approval is an exciting step forward toward freeing science from the shackles of politics," said Drapeau. "The expert commentary we're seeing surrounding the FDA's action is misleading."

Christian Drapeau, an early advocate of ASC science, posits that ACS are showing the greatest potential for scientific and medical advances.

Drapeau says that ASC can be a safer alternative to Embryonic Stem Cells because of a lower risk of tumor formation while studies show ASC to have comparable potential or even more in repairing damaged tissues or organs. This contradicts experts on morning talk shows who cast doubt on the efficacy of ACS research.

"The use of ASC requires a different thinking, but they can be as effective as ESC, if not more. ASC do not grow easily in vitro and they are not easy to re-program. But there are ways of using ASC that can be just as effective as methods using ESC, without the risk of tumor formation."

"Adult Stem Cells are showing great promise," notes Drapeau. "This is a very very important area of research right now and people must realize that Embryonic Stem Cells are not the only Stem Cell phenomenon out there."

"The scientific community is rejoicing today as a new age of medicine is ushered in concurrent with the Obama administration but the possibilities of Adult Stem Cell science are so mind boggling in terms of healing physical damage and the elimination of disease that the scientific community must focus on what works best, with the least amount of risk and the greatest scope of application," said Drapeau.


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