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Science's Stem Cell Scam
Townhall ^ | July 19, 2006 | Michael Fumento

Posted on 07/20/2006 4:55:28 AM PDT by 13Sisters76

Science’s Stem Cell Scam By Michael Fumento Thursday, July 20, 2006 Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) receive tremendous media attention, with oft-repeated claims that they have the potential to cure virtually every disease known. Yet there are spoilsports, self included, who point out that they have yet to even make it into a human clinical trial. This is even as alternatives – adult stem cells (ASCs) from numerous places in the body as well as umbilical cord blood and placenta – are curing diseases here and now and have been doing so for decades. And that makes ESC advocates very, very angry. How many diseases ASCs can treat or cure is debatable, with one website claiming almost 80 for umbilical cord blood alone. Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council, using stricter standards of evidence, has constituted a list of 72 for all types of ASCs. But now three ESC advocates have directly challenged Prentice’s list. They’ve published a letter in Science magazine, released ahead of publication obviously to influence Pres. Bush’s promise to veto legislation that would open wide the federal funding spigot for ESC research. The letter claims ASC “treatments fully tested in all required phases of clinical trials and approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration are available to treat only nine of the conditions” on his list.

Well! One answer to that is that it’s nine more than can be claimed for ESCs. Further, there are 1175 clinical trials for ASCs, including those no longer recruiting patients, with zero for ESCs. But a better response is that the letter authors come from the Kenneth Lay School for honesty, as do the editors at Science.

In the detailed attachment to their letter, the Science magazine writers aren’t just at odds with Prentice but the medical community as a whole. For example, regarding sickle cell anemia, they claim “adult stem cell transplants from bone marrow or umbilical cord blood can provide some benefit to sickle cell patients” and “hold the potential to treat sickle cell anemia.” “Some benefit” and “potential?”

An article from the May 2006 issue of Current Opinion in Hematology notes that “there is presently no curative therapy” for sickle cell anemia other than allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. “Hematopoietic” means from marrow or blood; “allogeneic” means the cells are from another person. Seminars in Hematology (2004) states, “. . . curative allogeneic stem cell transplantation therapy” has “been developed for sickle cell anemia.” Meanwhile, “. . . curative allogeneic stem cell transplantation therapy [has] been developed for” sickle cell anemia according to Current Opinions in Molecular Therapy (2003), while “hematopoietic stem cells for allogeneic transplantation” are “currently the only curative approach for sickle cell anemia” observes the journal Blood (2002). (All emphasis mine.)

What does everybody seem to know that the Science writers and Science editors don’t?

Words like “could” and “potential” are trick phraseology used throughout the letter attachment for ASC curative therapies that have been used routinely for years. This appears to give them no advantage over ESC therapy, all of which boasts nothing but potential.

The writers are correct about FDA approval; but that’s a trick. Some ASC therapies are approved in other countries but not yet here. More importantly, stem cell therapy is not a drug and therefore the FDA doesn’t regulate it the same way. Some have been used successfully for decades with no one seeking or receiving federal approval.

For that matter, aspirin is a drug but by their standards it only has potential use for aches and pains since it never went through the clinical trial process and the FDA has never given it formal approval.

How can Science not know all this? Simple; it does. I’ve written repeatedly of how Science has made itself a propaganda sheet for ESC research, as well as other political causes. At the least, it should change its name to Pseudoscience. Sometimes it prints easily falsifiable studies, such as this, attacking the usefulness of ASCs. Other times it falsely promotes ESCs. That culminated in January when the journal was forced to retract two groundbreaking ESC studies that proved frauds.

The journal wants to flood unpromising ESC research with taxpayer dollars because private investors know just how very unpromising it is. Now yet again Science has showcased the scientific and moral bankruptcy of the entire ESC advocacy movement.

Copyright © 2006 Salem Web Network. All Rights Reserved.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adultstemcells; escr; frankenstein; fumento; funding; michaelfumento; moralabsolutes; prolife; stemcellresearch; stemcells

1 posted on 07/20/2006 4:55:29 AM PDT by 13Sisters76
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To: 13Sisters76
I’ve written repeatedly of how Science has made itself a propaganda sheet for ESC research, as well as other political causes.

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Impossible! Scientists are above that kind of thing.

2 posted on 07/20/2006 5:00:58 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 13Sisters76

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3 posted on 07/20/2006 5:07:05 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: trisham

Science is a journal, and is written by journalists now, not by scientists.

There certainly are scientists who indulge in propaganda, especially when they are not writing about their own field, but this formerly well respected journal is becoming no better than a blog with respect to some fields.


4 posted on 07/20/2006 5:16:16 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: AFPhys

Ah. Good to know.


5 posted on 07/20/2006 5:17:58 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 13Sisters76
Well! One answer to that is that it’s nine more than can be claimed for ESCs. Further, there are 1175 clinical trials for ASCs, including those no longer recruiting patients, with zero for ESCs

Regardless of where one stands on the issue, this statement is ridiculusly illogical. If the research isn't funded, then there never will be applications for ESC. So to compare it with ASC is like comparing apples to oranges, but before the oranges have grown. I wish these writers would not abuse science and simply say ESC research is immoral rather than misusing science as propaganda.

6 posted on 07/20/2006 5:40:22 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: trisham
About 4 years ago, I took a Freshman biology course at a local college. When we got to the discussion on DNA, stem cell therapy, etc. I wrote the following on a test regarding their potential - We can make the desert bloom, heal the sick, and raise the dead - just send money.

Their "research" was an appeal for funds, so we could do these wonderful things for you.IMHO
7 posted on 07/20/2006 5:40:53 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: 13Sisters76

Was this on Rush yesterday?


8 posted on 07/20/2006 5:41:52 AM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: AmericaUnite

"Was this on Rush yesterday?"

Yes:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_071906/content/rush_is_right.member.html


9 posted on 07/20/2006 5:48:33 AM PDT by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: AmericaUnite

Here's a link to the main page in case my direct link (as a "member" of 24/7) to the transcript doesn't work:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com

bttt


10 posted on 07/20/2006 6:03:31 AM PDT by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: doc30
With all due respect, your comment is ridiculusly and illogical. Are you suggesting that the 1175 ASC trials were possible only through government funding? I think not...

Hundreds of thousands of clinical trials are underway for various treatments at any one time, and only a small percentage have government funding. Public funding is only needed when potential profit is doubtful.

In this case it is ass-backwards from what you suggest. There is much more potential profit incentive in ESC than ASC. ASC is much less likely to turn into a treatment that can be mass produced and marketed since it often uses the patients own cells. (Which is exactly why there is such interest in ESC...)

As always, follow the money.
11 posted on 07/20/2006 6:12:41 AM PDT by babygene
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To: 13Sisters76
The goal is NOT science or cures of any sort. The goal is establishing government paying for and then government directing the killing and use of some human beings for the benefit of others. This goes right along with selective abortion and culling of misfits. This is the liberals desiring ultimate total control of human beings and racial human purification. The Liberals are determined to be Morlocks to the rest of us Eloi.
12 posted on 07/20/2006 6:21:41 AM PDT by arthurus (It is better to fight them OVER THERE than here.)
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To: doc30

You seem to assume that lack of Federal funds means NO funds. That is ridiculous. Many millions are spent by companies and states on ESC research, as was done with ASC too. The push for Federal ESC research is ideological, not funding driven.


13 posted on 07/20/2006 6:33:44 AM PDT by Laserman
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To: arthurus
I agree. The liberals continue to devalue human life. If the liberals get the people to accept ESC research, it will be much easier to get them to accept partial-birth abortion, full-term abortions, euthanasia, assisted suicide, etc.

I really think that acceptance of this practice has very dangerous implications.
14 posted on 07/20/2006 7:38:18 AM PDT by bushinohio
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To: 13Sisters76
Thanks much for the post. I came to FreeRepublic hoping to find links that expose the truth behind the ESC issue -- it is being abused as a political toy. Conservatives use it to push anti-abortion agenda; liberals use it as a means to say people are being denied treatment (which doesn't even exist). It is mostly an election-time game.

Now, this article is editorial in nature, but it has encouraged me to further pursue the science that I've read in the past but have forgotten the details.

Already, I have received an e-mail from a health-related organization blasting the veto and making false claims about how this stops research. (Of course, it's the same one that wants the entire small business association healthcare plan to be obliterated...rather than thinking logically about its benefits and encouraging discussion about amendments.) Its liberal bent has shown through its e-mails from it "news" section in the past.

What's all this mean? Wake up, find the facts, don't jump onto an issue based simply on who champions it, think for yourself, and don't get sucked in by agenda-driven organizations. It's taken less than 24 hours for the propaganda to begin.
16 posted on 07/20/2006 9:38:47 AM PDT by Pirate21 (The liberal media are as sheep clearing the path along which they will be lead to the slaughter.)
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To: Pirate21
liberals use it as a means to say people are being denied treatment...

Let me re-word that -- they are using it to advance their socialist agenda (put the money in the hands of the government; create an entitlement class -- in this case researchers who want money that frankly is available otherwise from private investors).
17 posted on 07/20/2006 9:41:53 AM PDT by Pirate21 (The liberal media are as sheep clearing the path along which they will be lead to the slaughter.)
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To: babygene
Hundreds of thousands of clinical trials are underway for various treatments at any one time, and only a small percentage have government funding. Public funding is only needed when potential profit is doubtful.

Correction. Public funding is used for basic research. Treatments entering clinical trials are the result of applied research where profits can easily be foreseen. What worries me is that there is no basic research being done on ESC and the limited work being done is locked away in the private sector. And if it is money driven, then ESC could be a cost savings because treatements would not have to be customized for each patient. Also, basic research would better contrast the two avenues and would provide cross-functional information. In other words, spin offs of ESC could make ASC work better.

18 posted on 07/20/2006 12:04:04 PM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: Pirate21
Let me re-word that -- they are using it to advance their socialist agenda (put the money in the hands of the government; create an entitlement class -- in this case researchers who want money that frankly is available otherwise from private investors).

The money is not available in the private sector for basic research. very few, if any, companies actually engage in basic research. there's no profit agenda behind it. I'm arguing research in general, not just the ESC issue. Most of the technological acheivements we have are derived from basic research. Sure, there is lots of development and some key findings from the private sector, but the foundation all came from tax dollars.

19 posted on 07/20/2006 12:07:36 PM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: doc30

You do realize that the Bush Administration has provided over $90 million for ESC research.

And that is $90 million more than every prior administration combined.

And are you aware that the ESC lines supported by Bush has resulted in over 85% of all published ESC research?

"locked away in the private sector" indeed.


20 posted on 07/20/2006 9:37:00 PM PDT by Deut28 (Cursed be he who perverts the justice)
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To: Deut28

The problem is that the stem cell lines are very limited and only a fraction of them were viable for research and the rest are slowly deteriorating. Personally, if these embryos are going to be thrown in the trash, I would at least try to get some good out of it.


21 posted on 07/21/2006 5:52:52 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: arthurus

Many have made the same claim. The left idolizes eugenicists such as Sanger and Singer. If there is no "divine spark" in humans, then they can be used for the greater good- yes?

I liked the Eloi reference btw...


22 posted on 07/21/2006 5:55:44 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: doc30

Well, that didn't exactly address your gross statements about ESC research being restricted to the private sector.

What is telling is that there is not overwhelming demand for what IS available.


23 posted on 07/21/2006 7:16:21 AM PDT by Deut28 (Cursed be he who perverts the justice)
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To: 13Sisters76
Many have made the same claim. The left idolizes eugenicists such as Sanger and Singer. If there is no "divine spark" in humans, then they can be used for the greater good

and "the greater good" always is ultimately the good of the ruling class, always a small portion of the population.

24 posted on 07/21/2006 6:14:07 PM PDT by arthurus (It is better to fight them OVER THERE than here.)
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To: doc30

The point is...Money flows to the promise...

Adult stem cells have private funding because it has attracted investors.

ESC's have not attracted investors because there doesn't seem to be any way to make it profitable in the short term.

Hence they stick their grubby paws out to the government for tax dollars.


25 posted on 07/21/2006 6:20:38 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: arthurus

"For the greater good" is a phrase that has been used to slaughter millions.


26 posted on 07/21/2006 6:23:14 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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27 posted on 08/30/2006 10:48:16 PM PDT by Coleus (I Support Research using the Ethical, Effective and Moral use of stem cells: non-embryonic "adult")
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To: 13Sisters76

THE SCORE HAS CHANGED !!!
Check the Score

Updated July 16, 2006

Benefits of Stem Cells to Human Patients - Do No Harm 


28 posted on 08/30/2006 10:50:09 PM PDT by Coleus (I Support Research using the Ethical, Effective and Moral use of stem cells: non-embryonic "adult")
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...

Please let me know if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

29 posted on 08/30/2006 11:06:06 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: doc30

Not only should government funding not be used, but experimenting on human life should be outlawed, as well as abortion.

What have we become?


30 posted on 08/31/2006 2:10:23 AM PDT by Sun (Hillary had a D-/F rating on immigration; now she wants to build a wall????)
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To: Laserman
"You seem to assume that lack of Federal funds means NO funds."

You are correct. Howard Hugues Medical research is awash in $$, not because Howard was into medical reasearch, Howard was looking for a TAX break. Anyhow they do reasearch on stem cell. It hasn't produced a cure for all ills yet.

31 posted on 08/31/2006 2:17:04 AM PDT by DeaconRed (We have a war going on within America and we must put a stop to the liberal idiots! !)
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To: Coleus; cpforlife.org

BUMP!


32 posted on 08/31/2006 2:46:15 AM PDT by .30Carbine (May God Be The Glory)
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This is a great commentary!

33 posted on 08/31/2006 5:11:56 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: doc30; 13Sisters76
Regardless of where one stands on the issue, this statement is ridiculusly[sic] illogical. If the research isn't funded, then there never will be applications for ESC. So to compare it with ASC is like comparing apples to oranges, but before the oranges have grown. I wish these writers would not abuse science and simply say ESC research is immoral rather than misusing science as propaganda.

The research has been funded for a long time in one way or another. The reason that ASC research and therapies as a result have been so successful is not because ESC has had no research or funding. It's because ASC has worked and ESC have not.
34 posted on 08/31/2006 5:25:15 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: wagglebee

35 posted on 08/31/2006 5:54:06 AM PDT by Notwithstanding (OEF vet says: I love my German shepherd - Benedict XVI reigns!)
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To: doc30
If the research isn't funded, then there never will be applications for ESC.

ESC research is funded in other countries. I hope you trust that there are capable scientists in other places than the US,

EU funding for stem cell research continues

The EU research ministers have reached a political agreement on the FP7, backing EU funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Here's another interesting article

Embryonic Stem Cells Have Never Been Used to Treat Anyone and no Plans Exist to do so

Modern stem-cell advancements in umbilical cord blood have rendered human embryonic stem-cell research unnecessary according to a prestigious UK researcher, who calls cord blood the “realistic future of stem-cell technology.”

In this second part of an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews.com, Dr. Peter Hollands, the Chief Science Officer of the UK Blood Bank and early pioneer of embryonic stem-cell research, explains that embryonic stem-cell researchers will keep their public mandate unless a vast media campaign educates the public about the superior benefits and proven cures of cord blood.


36 posted on 08/31/2006 3:16:13 PM PDT by syriacus (Why wasn't each home in New Orleans required to have an inflatable life boat?)
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To: doc30

http://www.news.wisc.edu/packages/stemcells/


37 posted on 09/01/2006 11:39:21 AM PDT by GoLightly
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