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I hope not only that the IRB approves this study but also that the results are promising. The stem cell debate cries out for real support. Both sides are arguing from a position of ignorance. It is easy for scientists and others to predict that with further research stem cells will be useful in treating and curing many tragic and disabling medical conditions. We desperately need evidence that stem cell research/medicine offers a real benefit to living, suffering humans. This study could show that these practical applications are not as far off as some speculate. Why the length of time it takes to find a cure is considered as a worthy argument against stem cell research is baffling to me, but proponents of stem cell research nevertheless are forced to answer to it---and this study could truly impact the debate.

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