Stem Cell Research: Readers Weigh In

More than 760 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What do you think about stem cell research for treatment of injuries in horses?"

results of poll on stem cell treatment

Results were as follows: 

  • In favor: 77.94% (597)
  • Not sure: 17.89% (137)
  • Against: 4.18% (32)

Readers shared their feelings on stem cell research in the comments below.

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  • yes-anything for health
  • Scientists are now learning how to make stem cells from adult cells now!
  • As long as it does not include destroying embryos
  • I believe if it can help lead to a cure then it should be tried.
  • is this research promising?
  • only makes good sense
  • I am sure this would be another PMU travesty.
  • Faith-based opinion must nver blockhealth-care research. Take care of your own self.
  • If it will help heal a horse why not!!!!!
  • anything which help keep my horse health is a plus
  • We have already used this treatment on one of our jumpers, minimaly invasive, stunning results RSA
  • Let's go for it.But i'm not yet convinced it will be the panacea some claim.
  • Anything that furthers helping horses
  • why ever not?
  • What's to think about? Do it!
  • It has shown to be successful in humans.
  • Incredible results for some lameness injuries.
  • As long as the horse being treated is NOT suffering!
  • bring it on!
  • Research is benenficial for everyone
  • . Stem cell therapies often produces tumors, so I'm not sure if I would use it right now.
  • Any scientific research is helpful; so many grounds can be covered with knowledge.
  • Why would anyone be against this?
  • undecided
  • Sure why not?
  • if it makes the animal healthy with no pain, great.
  • Let's take advantage of all that science can offer!
  • if succeed good for our horses
  • I'm tired of messing with nature for human gain. Look at it through horses eyes
  • Very expensive. Two boarders did this - one horse recovered, other did not. Three treatments each.
  • I believe limited stem cell therapy has already been successful in horses.
  • If only the FDA would allow this treatment for humans.
  • i think we should go for it!
  • anything that will help is ok with me
  • Animals first-then who knows!
  • And humans, please.
  • Works wonderfully well
  • At this point, I'm in favor of it..but it still seems really new 2 me, perhaps more info :)
  • Any new research that is effective and saves lives must be tried.
  • It is amazing how quickly injuries are resolved w/Stem Cell tx.
  • Go for it, save the good ones
  • It might be wonderful but cost prohibitive for most horse owners
  • I've had UC Davis treat my yearling. It's made a difference.
  • In my opinion it would undoubtedly be a great leap forward in combating injuries to the horse
  • I don't know enough about it. If it actually helps than is might be a good thing
  • And in people. It's a good thing.
  • It has proved to be effective in dogs and cats.Why not horses and humans?
  • Use the latest medical research to give our horses the advantage of better medical care.
  • maybe it will help people realize how it can humans also
  • Who knows what they'll discover, but how many of us will be able to afford the resulting treatment
  • Stem cell research should be availavle to all mammals, invluding humans !
  • I think it would be great but cost prohibitive
  • If the science & technology is there... use it!!!
  • I have a horse w/leg condition that might benefit from stem cell therapy
  • Too bad humans don't benefit too.
  • Stem cell therapy has already saved the lives of many horses, and helped Lava Man.
  • had this done with our TB when he bowed healed fabulously
  • As long as its not human embryonic stem cells, then I say, Go for it!
  • if they do it for humans why not our horses
  • In favor for sure!
  • Great progress already, now we need it for cartilage replacement.
  • if it can save lives why not
  • anything that helps and doesn't cause pain i am for
  • In favor of it for humans too.
  • Absolutely!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • It's not ethical for people, and it's probably not ethical for horses.
  • great if you have the money
  • Anything that will facilitate healing should be used.
  • It has worked when all else failed.
  • I just hope the results will help not just the wealthy few !!
  • Don't know the current research and results.
  • More expensive options to make the small horse owner feel bad about the care they give to their hors
  • expensive, but I would do it for a good horse
  • Research on horses/other animals will likely be beneficial for humans at some point
  • No negatives; cells are from the horse they'll be used in; should be done this way for humans
  • I don't know enough about it to make an intelligent choice
  • Many new possibilities in vet and human medicine
  • my horse was treated with stem cells for a torn suspensory
  • Go for it, wave of the future.
  • The results have been promising so far.
  • -shows great promise, but needs more study & refinement
  • research is a good idea
  • No ethics are involved with horses, and maybe equine research will help humans.
  • just hope it eventually becomes more affordable
  • I have a young horse who ruptured his fascia - stem cell may be only option for productive life
  • Would first need to know the odds that this will have an impact on my horse.
  • Efficacy still inquestion, but I'd try it if nothing else worked.
  • Very promising.
  • Stem cell therapy is going to change equine and human medicine. Just don't go to embryonic research.
  • Im in favor of any thing that can help my equine partner
  • I've used it, it works.
  • I have seen it help one horse's injuries.
  • Yes

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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