Stem cells are cellular matter from which all tissue in the body are made. It was in 1981 that scientist, Martin Evans, was able identify embryonic stem cells in mice. Surely, you all remember Dolly, the sheep that was cloned by fusing a sheep egg with an udder cell. Dolly, by the way, only survived for about half the average life span of a sheep. It was at that point that scientists and researchers began to look at replicating the process with human embryonic stem cells. Since that time stem cell research has come a long way and been surrounded by much controversy.
I was recently asked a question by a reader regarding this issue, and was unable to respond appropriately because quite honestly, the issue seems to have gotten lost during the past several years and I did not have any knowledge of the information they were proffering. Over the next couple of weeks I will be writing a series of articles regarding stem cell research, its history, the processes involved, outcomes, and funding issues. I hope you will join me on this journey and follow along as we learn the truth about this research, the part our government has played in it, and how your tax dollars have been used.