American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association, together representing more than 18,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, today announced their support for government funding of adult and embryonic stem cell research.
The "The AAN and ANA recognize there are differing ethical opinions on the status of embryos that cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of all through medical science alone," according to American Academy of Neurology president Sandra F. Olson, MD. "Nevertheless, as scientists and healers, we have a strong moral and ethical obligation to pursue research that may result in beneficial treatments for diseases that are among the most debilitating and costly in human society," said Olson. "Our organizations therefore recommend that embryonic stem cell research and somatic cell nuclear transfer (i.e., therapeutic cloning) proceed under federal oversight, ensuring that the highest quality and most promising research is conducted with utmost regard for ethical standards," said Olson.
Neuroscientists agree that there is great potential, although no guarantees, for breakthroughs in therapies for diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Alzheimers disease, Huntingtons disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, spinal cord injury, and stroke, through embryonic stem cell research.
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