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{Excerpts are from a fictional interview with fictional ACMS Stem Cell research/therapies
department director Mr. Cancellieri}
Q: So, how would you describe the impact that the government has had on stem cell research?
A: Well, the increased funding and political support has definitely been an asset to the field
becausewell, we didnt have all that room to work with before. With the Obama administration
we saw lots more recognition from the press and from Mr. President himself giving us some
credit as a real aspiring medical field, and therefore more funding as well (Robertson).
Q: So, with the extra attention, do you think people will focus more on the past debates? Will old
problems resurface?
A: I dont think so. I think if anyone revisits the embryonic debates then it will just die down
with the more time that we take for adult stem cell research instead. With much less controversy
surrounding the field Im sure more groups will support rather than try to hurt our organization.
But, I understand there are always stubborn exceptions.
Q: So, with politics aside, what is the research happening here at ACMS?
A: Well, were currently doing donation procedures for patients who need the stem cells but
dont have the compatible family candidates for the procedure, so we consult the database and
find a suitable match, and we make the transfer after making the match, which is really
successful.
We also do testing on adult stem cells in Petri dishes (Clemmitt). Using the dishes just means
that its easy to move them and look at them under microscopes and things like that. Well
intentionally infect them with bacteria or terminal illnesses and study the effects of multiple
medicines on them, or what the body cells do to react. Thats really effective for getting
successful medications or just studying the harmful effects of a disease, how it spreads, etcetera.
And if we really think about it, its the much more humane alternative to other forms of testing
for this, like with animals.
Q: I agree on that one for sure. But, I thought that the stem cells were the medicine that ACMS
was so proud of. I need a little enlightenment on that if you would, please?
A: Of course, stem cells are more regeneration focused (Cogle). The stem cells are best at
working as a healer, and by that I mean that in the grand scheme of the body the stem cells are
the repairmen and the builders. This doesnt necessarily mean that they fight disease like other
medications claim to do, it just means that theres a much better turnover for fixing the damages.
That goes back to what I said about the research for human cells and studying illnesses. Theres a
lot of healing that the stem cells can do, and with time well keep finding more places that theyll
repair.

Q: Along the line of testing, who do you contact with the nature and results of your tests?
A: We keep in touch with FDA representatives and the CDC. Also theres a new board committee
that is in charge of regulating the manner of the stem cell acquisition and testing to make sure we
dont get out of hand (Robertson).
Q: And has anything ever gotten out of hand?
A: Im proud to say no, though, we havent officially been open as a public health facility for
relatively long either. Weve only been open to the public for 8 months.
Q: Is there any situation where you would want to avoid, calling it out of hand?
A: Im always nervous around the topic of cancer and stem cells around the place, and I think
thats because of some fairly recent research linking the stem cell regeneration to the cancer
tumors (Wu). And, call me paranoid, but Im worried that well have a patient come in and well
find out that their donated cells have mutated after receiving them. Then were in trouble. But we
have a cell sample test to try and prevent that from happening. The sample we take is tested on to
observe patient/donor compatibility (Register).
Q: You say that theyre linked to growing cancer? Is that correct?
A: Well, yes. As the stem cells job is to regenerate the body, if one cell mutates then it will begin
a tumor unless the body disposes of it first (McDonald). And, going back on what I said earlier,
the stem cell research field is following a theory that the body may actually mark these mutated
cells and destroy them itself (McDonald). Thats just another testament to how cool science and
stem cell research really are, we can indirectly find the greatest things for medicine and
sometimes it may be extremely useful for a lot of people.
Q: Where do you think stem cell research, and your medical center, are headed?
A: I really think that this stem cell research will be the next step for knowing the human body.
We now have these unique tools, supported tools, to work with and progress medical science to
the new theories and abilities we have found in stem cells. With the new methods of research
well be able to see exactly what the body does to keep itself repaired for years and years.
Theres the potential already to cure illnesses previously thought totally out of reach, like
Alzheimers (Kolios). How come some people have Alzheimers, which causes people to lose
their memory, and why can others remember their whole life when theyre ninety? Maybe well
find out if its connected to stem cells.
And as far as the medical center is headed, I think well expand as our support from the
government grows, and maybe we could even focus more research on Alzheimers or step up on
the stem cell therapy procedures. Itll be tough to divide resources between the research and the
donations, but well make something happen that youll all hear about.

Q: Just curious, is there anything that we would love to all hear about?
A: Heres a great example of good news John. Maybe, just maybe, with a lot of time, well have
stem cell healing in the brain. But thats all in experimentation for sure; no one is going and
shooting from the hip on that one. We need to really know before we make a statement like that.
Wed hate to mislead everyone with a falsity, itd ruin our credibility. In fact, theres lots of
research evidence that says stem cells can heal glaucoma damage, but theres still no treatments
approved yet (Karl).
Q: Well, thats all the time we have today, thank you Mr. C. Are there any last words on Stem
Cell research that youd like to make?
A: Yes, stay informed on the rise of science, readers. And in this case you should follow stem cell
research, because youll never know how far science and medicine have come until you look for
it in articles like this one. And maybe someone in your family could use it when it all comes
together.
Thank you for the interview John.

Bibliography in Addition to the Annotated Bibliography


"Register as a Donor." Become a Donor. DKMS, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015