[UPDATE: After writing this post a month ago and concluding it was a scam, I have since gotten into contact with the organization’s main representative and changed my opinion of the organization not being a scam. To read the full message and change in opinion, click HERE.]
Again I was searching around and gathering as much data from the internet as possible and I found this “organization” or site which I was perusing through my new favorite resource, the Short Support website. I personally would say that the site/group is the most useful site I have found up to date.
The site is at growth-research.org/ or you can click HERE.
The Biomedical Growth Research Initiative has a nice mission statement at the homepage which reads.
“” The “Biomedical Growth Research Initiative” is an international initiative of people with various forms of short stature syndrome. Our initiative wants to support biomedical growth research, so that new safe and effective height increase therapies will be available as soon as possible.
The initiative has received three detailed research proposals from worldwide leading biomedical research groups at respected universities. These research projects could revolutionize the therapy of unwanted short stature in the near future. But without funding these projects won´t be realized and nothing will change. …””
Me: Of course then the person asks the reader to give a donation. The address given is somewhere in Tel Aviv and at a PO Box too. A little shady and suspicious but I do like the design of the website. It looks like a real organization or company front homepage design. Then it goes on to say on the other pages….
|The PotentialsThe potential of biomedical research in general
On June 26, 2000 the former US President Bill Clinton and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced, that a rough draft of the Human Genome had been completed after 10 years of work. They declared a new era of medical discovery, which would open new doors in treating and even curing an endless list of currently incurable diseases. Dr. Michael Dexter, the director of the Wellcome Trust, which funded the British part of the Human Genome Project, underlined the enormous potential of genetic research with the following words: “Mapping the Human Genome has been compared with putting a man on the moon, but I believe it is more than that”.Biomedical research already resulted in 100 drugs, that are on the market, and 350 new drugs, that are tested in human clinical trials all over the world.
Interesting Links :
According to many researchers gene therapy is one the most promssing fields of biomedical research. All gene therapies have the same or at least a similar principle. Gene therapies want to deliver a therapeutic gene to the cells, that need this gene (e.g. liver cells, bone cells etc.). And the problem is always the same, too. The delivery methods (the gene vectors) are still not perfect. Current studies often use harmless viruses, like the virus of the common cold (an adenovirus), to deliver the therapeutic gene to body cells. Other researchers are working with liposomes, naked DNA or transposones. Some researchers try to combine viruses and liposomes or use gene guns. Still we don´t know exactly, which will be the most effective method. But surely this will change in the near future, as successful clinical trial results prove. Most researchers agree, that the delivery problem will be solved in about 4 or 5 years. Then the major problem of all gene therapies is solved. This means, that effective gene therapies, which will cure currently incurable diseseases, will be a reality in the foreseeable future.
Some of the most impressing research results in the field of gene therapy so far include:
There are also very promissing gene therapy studies against cystic fibrosis, different forms of cancer and other illnesses. Surely genetic therapies and biomedical research will radically change the possibilities of medicine. And gene therapies will only have minimal side-effects or be side-effect-free, as they work very specific on the molecular level. Current drugs don´t work very specifically, so serious side-effects are not unusual. According to a study by the University of Toronto side-effects of drugs are among the most frequent causes of deaths in American hospitals – even before diabetes and pneumonia. This will be changed dramatically by very specific biomedical drugs.
Stem cell therapy and tissue engineering
Another very interesting field of biomedical research is stem cell therapy and tissue engineering.Tissue Engineering is the study of the growth of new connective tissues, or organs, from cells and a collagenous scaffold to produce a fully functional organ for implantation back into the donor host. This technique will allow organs to be grown from implantation (rather than transplantation) and hence free from imunological rejection. The starting point for any tissue-engineered organ is the harvesting of small amounts of tissue from the future recipient of the Tissue Engineered organ. This could be as small as a 2mm punch biopsy for some applications.
Me: Here is my conclusion on the website or organization. It is a scam. My scam-o-meter is detecting really suspicious intentions. The truth is that the site is quite informative, and does have some references and links that it uses which is science and research backed. However, I am quite certain that the person who built the website is really just looking for donations and money. There is always the possibility that the organization was shut down and the address had to be changed so the mailing address is a PO Box but I would not bet on the venture being legitimate. I will say this again and again for people who might forget easily. Be wary of scams.