Dramatic discoveries being made for treatments of several illnesses by using adult stem cells is an example of an intersection where faith and science meet and agree, according to John Stonestreet on his Breakpoint radio broadcast today, Saturday, May 4. A column on the same subject written by Stonestreet also appeared in the Christian Post today.
Robin Smith, the CEO of NeoStem, a biopharmaceutical company, recently told attendees at a conference that, “to address global suffering, one does not have to choose between faith and science. These two items fit together symbiotically.”
As evidence of this fact, Smith further said that “new discoveries are being made for treatments of multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, organ and tissue repair.” These treatments use adult stem cells.
Smith said that these treatments using adult stem cells, have none of what Smith referred to as the “ethical blemishes” which come with embryonic stem cell research which he says requires the killing of human beings while they are still embryos.
Stonestreet said during his broadcast today that, “Tragically, the attention given to embryonic stem cells has obscured the far greater therapeutic potential of adult stem cells.”
This raises the question: Why not focus resources on adult stem cell research and abandon embryonic stem cell research?
At the recent conference which Smith addressed, scientists, theologians and entrepreneurs joined to discuss what has been one of the most controversial issues of the day: stem cell research.
Stonestreet argues that many people are not aware of the incredible success of adult stem cell research treatments. In the arena of adult stem cell research there has been great success which is in contrast to the lack of success with embryonic stem cell research.
Easing human suffering in this situation does not require people to choose between faith and science. In the area of adult stem cell research the two can work together to treat some of the most devastating diseases known to afflict the human race today.
Stonestreet and Eric Metaxas may be heard on the nationally syndicated Breakpoint radio broadcasts daily at 7 a.m. in some areas of the country.
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