Yesterday in class we were talking specifically about treating brain and spinal cord diseases. Mid-way through the lecture, the instructor began speaking about various non-gene therapy treatments of Parkinson's disease. Here is what he said,
The use of fetal stem cells injected into the brains of patients with Parkinson's is a complete success. In order to do this, a fetus is developmentally tracked. Then at exactly the right time in development, the fetus is aborted and the developing brain cells are extracted from the fetus. It takes 8 aborted fetuses to give one patient this treatment. Unfortunately, the number of abortions performed are declining. This is why we need an alternative method of treatment such as gene therapy.
I couldn't decide if I wanted to cry or throw up.