08/12/2015 Stem cell research is crucial for treating diseases
Regarding the letter “Need more details on how stem cell research has saved lives” (Aug. 6): Stem cell research plays an important role as researchers continue to work toward cures and treatments for diseases such as diabetes, spinal cord injuries and macular degeneration. Stem cell research also enables researchers to grow skin for burn victims. Additionally, there is great potential that organs may one day be developed from stem cells, which will reduce the number of patients waiting on transplant lists for donated organs. Medical research using all types of stem cells is critically important in the development of treatments and cures for many diseases. Further, Missouri law prohibits the use of fetal tissue derived from terminated pregnancies in research.
Dena Ladd • Clayton
Executive Director, Missouri Cures