Stem Cell Research & Cures

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President Obama lifted the eight-year-old ban on new lines of embryonic stem cell research but most experts say the work has just begun. From the Biotechnology Industry Organization convention in Atlanta, two experts, one a Parkinson’s patient, provide a status report in this video. Tricia Brooks, managing director for Alliance Development at BIO and chair of the legislative committee for the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, and James Trussell, a Parkinson’s sufferer and the Georgia state coordinator for the Parkinson’s Action Network, discuss the latest research, including induced cells as an alternative to embryonic cells. Brooks also discusses the political implications because although the President has lifted the federal ban on embryonic cells, a number of states are considering instituting a state ban. To see it go to, click on Stem Cells and play or download the video. The convention drew 20,000 scientists, industry leaders and government officials to see the latest products and discuss progress in efforts to: find cures for major diseases, find good substitutes for oil-based plastics and fuels, and provide disease-resistant, genetically engineered crops and cloned animals to improve food supplies. If you are a news station and have access to Pathfire, this story is also available on Pathfire DMG. Click on the binoculars, select advanced search tab, highlight DWJ archive, and use keywords: Stem Cells.