As a long-time supporter of stem cell research, I’m proud to announce the launch of a new Children’s Hospital Boston Web site that we hope will demystify the science of stem cells and answer some of the public’s questions about them. For the past three and a half years, my wife, Patti, and I have served as co-chairs of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Stem Cell Task Force because we believe that stem cells hold incredible promise for the future of health care. During this time I’ve gotten to know Len Zon and George Daley, the two physician-scientists who head up the hospital’s Stem Cell Research Program, and I believe that the work they are doing will revolutionize health care. …
So where does the science of embryonic stem cells stand after a decade of political wrangling? A lot of exciting basic research is being done with embryonic stem cells, says Len Zon, a stem cell researcher at Children’s Hospital in Boston. But using stem cells for therapy?
“I think that’s still a ways off,” Zon says. “Although there are some studies that the FDA is considering, I think we still have to figure out how to make these cells in a more efficient and effective way, and I think that’s going to take awhile. You have to remember that the stem cell field is only 10 years old at the moment.”
Zon points out that it’s frequently two decades or more before new medical technologies find their way into patients.