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The Promise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Nancy, a Young Keeper of the Gate, with daughter Alix, a Builder of the Future. Alix hopes that Hadassah's research will find a cure for juvenile diabetes.
  • Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to treat and cure serious chronic illnesses plaguing over a hundred million Americans. These diseases include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury.
  • Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is sometimes misleadingly called therapeutic cloning. SCNT is a method of creating stem cells for research. SCNT enables scientists to create tailor made, genetically identical cells from a patient’s own DNA, so the person’s body is less likely to reject the new cells. SCNT is NOT reproductive cloning.

Hadassah’s Embryonic Stem Cell Research

  • Hadassah is at the forefront of embryonic stem cell research through the pioneering work of the Hadassah Medical Organization
    and Hadassah’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy.
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  • Hadassah’s laboratories have already seen breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease and early progress in multiple sclerosis and juvenile diabetes.
  • Israel has a carefully regulated but accessible atmosphere for stem cell research that has kept it in the forefront of this field. Hadassah scientists have been awarded funding for stem cell research through America’s National Institutes of Health under grants available abroad.
Amy, a Young Keeper of the Gate is looking to Hadassah for a cure for her sister's MS

Broad Support for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

  • This is not a partisan issue—it is about saving lives. Elected officials from both political parties support embryonic stem cell research.
  • The National Academy of Sciences and 40 American Nobel Laureates endorse stem cell research.
  • All major streams of Judaism support stem cell research.
  • Embryos that are being used for embryonic stem cell research are those that have been discarded by in vitro fertility clinics, and would otherwise be destroyed.


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