Dolly creator, Scientist Ian Wilmut, said stem cell therapy should be used on consenting terminally-ill patients.
“I’ve come across people who have neuro-degenerative disease who face a steady, slow decline and premature death, a very unpleasant situation. They would be only too keen to participate in trials,” he said.
“Imagine you’ve got (the fatal) motor neurone disease and you’ve got no movement below your neck. You hear reports of benefits from stem cells in news reports, on the Internet. That person would be very enthusiastic.
If we wait until things are totally tested and analyzed in animals, it will deny some people that treatment.”
Dr. Wilmut said treatments which have not been properly tested should nevertheless be used in such a situation because the benefits may outweigh the risk.
I am hoping for widespread acceptance of his proposal.