Skip to comments.The Unconscionable Claims of Michael J. Fox
Posted on 10/25/2006 7:05:56 AM PDT by veronica
The popular and appealing actor Michael J. Fox has taken to the airwaves in Senate battleground states Missouri, Maryland, and New Jersey with a highly misleading ad urging defeat of Republican Senatorial candidates opposing the use of taxpayer dollars to fund new embryonic stem cell line research. He states,
Stem cell research offers hope to millions of Americans with diseases like diabetes, Alzheimers and Parkinsons . But George Bush and Michael Steele would put limits on the most promising stem cell research.
Mr. Fox and his ads sponsors are guilty of conflating embryonic stem cell research, which the GOP candidates and many Americans oppose for destroying a human life in the name of curing other peoples diseases, with stem cell research in general, which includes adult stem cell research and umbilical cord blood stem cell research.
The only limits in question are on federal funding of new embryonic stem cell lines, requiring the sacrifice of new embryos. Private and state-funded research (California voters are spending six billion dollars borrowing money to fund this) is ongoing. The implicit claim that research based on new embryos is the most promising is absurd, completely unsupported by the scientific literature, and an insult to voters, based as it is on the assumption that they are incapable of understanding the issue. Too stupid to tell the difference, is the elitist assumption underlying this campaign.
Flim-flam is a charitable description. Why would federally-funded research be more promising than state- and privately-funded research? And on what possible basis can the claim be made that embryonic stem cell research is more promising than adult stem cell research?
The plain fact is that embryonic stem cell research is proving to be a bust. There are currently 72 therapies showing human benefits using adult stem cells and zero using embryonic stem cells. Scientifically-minded readers can review this medical journal article on the status of adult stem cell research. while no such treatments are even remotely in prospect for embryonic stem cell research.
The fact is that adult stem cells have already produced remarkable cures, whereas embryonic stem cells have failed. This should come as no great surprise to anyone with a background in high school biology. When an embryo is created by the union of the sperm and egg, the cells begin to divide, creating embryonic stem cells from which all future tissues and organs are derived. Within days, the embryonic cells differentiate into three cell layers ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm. Cells in these layers continue to differentiate into tissues and organs. As the embryo matures into a fetus, child, and adult, some undifferentiated cells of the three types remain in various tissues such as bone marrow, fat, skin and olfactory tissue.
These adult stem cells are multipotent: they have the ability to turn into a variety of types of tissues. Successful stem cell therapies cause the DNA in the adult stem cells to further differentiate into more specific types of cells. There is no point in getting the adult stem cell to turn into a less differentiated type of cell, or using the more primitive embryonic stem cells. This would be going backward, in the opposite direction of providing a clinically useful therapy. Difficulties abound with proposed embryonic stem cell therapies. The growth of the more primitive embryonic stem cells is more difficult to control and leads to tumor formation. Recent research suggests brain tumors may result. Additionally, the use of embryonic tissue foreign to the patient can potentially lead to problems with immune rejection of tissue, a problem not encountered in using a patients own adult stem cells.
America is the most formidable medical research center in the world, but it is far from alone in pursuing the potential of adult stem cells. The worldwide effort is impressive and growing. For non-adult stem cell research, a morally unquestionable alternative source exists: stem cells drawn from umbilical cord blood. Already a bank exists in Dubai collecting cord blood stem cells.
In short, the claims made in the Michael J. Fox political ads are false and reprehensible, an insult to the voters of Maryland, Missouri and New Jersey, and to all Americans.
Mary L. Davenport, MD is an obstetrician and gynecologist, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In this experiment, however, Dr. Goldman and his team overcame the volume problem by tricking the embryonic stem cells into behaving like they were growing in the developing brain. To do this, they harvested glial, or brain-support cells, from the precise brain region of an aborted fetus that would, at 11 to 22 weeks gestation, trigger the development of the dopamine neurons needed
Once again proving Ann Coulter's claim that Dems put out victims so when we attack the MESSAGE, we're meanies. I'm surpised how much play this is getting, though.
The Foley thing has run its course.
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You have FReepmail.
or that Muslims are our friends and they want to be nice and play with us!
The ABC Morning program was one long hit piece on Republicans. ...not one negative about the Democrats.
On that same theme, have you caught any of the CNN
"Broken Government" segments...OMG you'd think the GOP are a mafia hit squad with Keystone Cops running the entire show. And of course America can't be saved unless the Democrats win. (gag)
can't believe we live in a world where we have to defend against using the miracle of life for scientific experiments. God, please help us.
The culture of Death Democrats. Unless of course its American soldiers being shot by snipers or used as a tally to sensationalize the Death Toll in Iraq. i.e. Why the war is a failure. Blood thirsty pricks. ~!@#$%^&*(~!@#$%^&*()_
excellent link Thank you
According to certain AIDS activists, Ronald Reagan caused them to have the disease. The "residentially challenged" activists and their MSM shills also made outlandish claims about the number and causes of homelessness in America, blaming Reagan for that problem, as well. I guess homelessness was solved by BJ Clinton, since we heard almost nothing about it almost from the day he was inaugurated. Yep, those Democrats are miracle workers.
The voters here in California were stupid enough to buy into this crap so now they're looking for more stupid people to give them more money. Stupid people.
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY--THE POLITICAL WING OF THE CULTURE OF DEATH!
Not this CA voter.
Why can't a person with a disease get political about an unrelated cause? Why are these a-holes so self serving?
Even Larry Flint had more ethics than Christopher Reeve and MJ Fox. Check out the comments on this lefty site regarding Flint.
WHY can't these bozos get the fact that ADULT stem cells are working, but not EMBRYONIC????
This was linked at the original article. Although it's a pdf link, it's a pretty good summary of regenerative medicine with all types of stem cells.
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