UC Irvine is teaming up with a fertility clinic here in Orange County to create at least a few lines of human embryonic stem cells. This makes them one of the first groups in the country trying to produce fresh lines for the study of everything from spinal cord injuries to ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease.
The federal government prohibits the use of public money to create new lines of stem cells, which involves the destruction of days-old embryos. But it does underwrite research on existing lines. Keirstead works with both privately and publicly funded lines.
His efforts to use stem cells to restore movement in paralyzed rodents has received wide media attention, including a profile earlier this year on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
Keirstead said it will take about $100,000 a year, over several years, to create the new lines. But some of the funds have already been obtained, and he and the university are trying to raise more.
How can you argue that this science isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t helping humankind?