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Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Three Embryonic Stem Cell Researchers
LifeNews.com ^ | October 8, 2007 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 10/08/2007 4:59:42 PM PDT by monomaniac

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 8,
2007

Stockholm, Sweden (LifeNews.com) -- Three researchers who work with controversial embryonic stem cells shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for their role in looking at mouse genes and using their studies to determine the human genes that cause diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Pro-life advocates oppose embryonic stem cell research on human beings because days-old unborn children must be killed to obtain their cells. They support the use of animal and adult stem cells.

Americans Mario Capecchi and Oliver Smithies and British scientist Sir Martin Evans split the prestigious award and its prize of $1.5 million.

They were honored for a technique called gene targeting which lets scientists identify and alter the genes in mice. It allows them to study how the genes play a role in diseases.
"It's marvelous news both with respect to our laboratory as well as our university," Capecchi told Reuters.

"What we developed is a way of modifying genes in the mouse which allows us to model human diseases, study their pathology as well as ... developing new therapies."

The Nobel prize committed mentioned embryonic stem cell research in their citation to the scientists and said, they had discovered "principles for introducing specific gene modification in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells."

However, the science behind treating humans with embryonic stem cells and the work the scientists did is very different and embryonic stem cell treatments, if they're ever produced, could be decades away because of various problems such as rejection by a patient's immune system.

Adult stem cells have not had those problems and have already treated patients with dozens of diseases and medical conditions.

The scientists have not been without controversy as Capecchi has previously indicated he opposes President Bush's policy of preventing taxpayers from being forced to pay for embryonic stem cell research because it involves the destruction of human life.

"I think stem cell therapy has enormous potential. It's a crime not to actively pursue it," he said," according to AP.



TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adultstemcell; bush; cancer; diabetes; embryonicstemcell; heartdisease; humanembryo; humanlife; killing; medicine; nobel; nobelprize; presidentbush; prolife; research; science; stemcell; taxes

1 posted on 10/08/2007 4:59:44 PM PDT by monomaniac
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To: monomaniac

It’s a shame they didn’t give this award to researchers of ADULT stem cells that already have proven therapies helping people NOW!!


2 posted on 10/08/2007 5:05:06 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: monomaniac

There is no sector of science that can not be politicized, unfortunately.


3 posted on 10/08/2007 5:06:13 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: devolve; pillut48; monomaniac

I agree with you and I think the Nobel committee - or whatever it’s called- operates like The Academy Awards.

They are liberally inclined and like to stick their finger in our eye on purpose.


4 posted on 10/08/2007 5:13:25 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: potlatch

I knew that the moment they awarded Jimmy Carter with the Peace Prize to spite George W. Bush! Feh on them. These awards are worthless, just like the Oscars.


5 posted on 10/08/2007 5:16:49 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: devolve; pillut48

[These awards are worthless, just like the Oscars.]

Yep, and I’m surprised that ‘Bubba’ hasn’t received his yet!
He’s still pining away, lol.


6 posted on 10/08/2007 5:27:13 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: pillut48

Go back a few years before that to 1994 when they gave it to Bildo Klintoon’s favorite terrorist, Yasser Arafat.


7 posted on 10/08/2007 5:32:32 PM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Dahoser

They gave him a Nobel Prize in Medicine? Or perhaps you are confusing this prize with another.


8 posted on 10/08/2007 7:12:54 PM PDT by burzum (None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away -Minsc)
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To: pillut48
It’s a shame they didn’t give this award to researchers of ADULT stem cells that already have proven therapies helping people NOW!!

Don't be silly. Inventing a new field is much more significant than making therapeutic advances later on in that field.

9 posted on 10/08/2007 7:15:10 PM PDT by burzum (None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away -Minsc)
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To: burzum

No, you’re confusing my response. I’m commenting on Pillut48 saying the signal that the Nobels are politicized was when Jimmah got his Peace Prize.


10 posted on 10/08/2007 7:28:00 PM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Dahoser; burzum
No, you’re confusing my response. I’m commenting on Pillut48 saying the signal that the Nobels are politicized was when Jimmah got his Peace Prize.

No, I don't think Burzum is confused; I think you are, Dahoser.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of the Norwegian Parliament. That makes its awarding inherently political.

The prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded by the Nobel Assembly, which is a committee composed of scientists.

You can't conflate two different awards given by two entirely different bodies. The Peace Prize is extremely political; the science prizes usually aren't. The Prize in Economics (awarded by Sweden's Central Bank) is simply incoherent.

11 posted on 10/09/2007 8:01:43 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: potlatch
The Science prizes are’nt given by the same people as the Peace Prize. And as for the AAs most Best Picture winners tend toward the Conservative side.
12 posted on 10/09/2007 8:22:33 AM PDT by Borges
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To: monomaniac

He wins for mouse genes ? I got your mouse corduroys and I get bupkis .


13 posted on 10/09/2007 10:14:39 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: devolve; Borges
Remember "Brokeback Mountain"? We were all in an uproar about the content of it and I believe there were other good contenders.


14 posted on 10/09/2007 3:05:07 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: potlatch

BM didn’t win. Remember Crash?


15 posted on 10/09/2007 6:38:50 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Aww heck!! You’re right! I guess my memory of us dreading it winning, and making the darned gif gave me a false memory!

Thanks Borges, I’m sorry I goofed.


16 posted on 10/09/2007 6:44:14 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: potlatch

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LOL!

Golden Oldie!


17 posted on 10/09/2007 7:27:16 PM PDT by devolve (---- -Secret_Asian_Man_&_Dr.No-No_Sorass_-)
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To: devolve

Lol, I shouldn’t have mentioned it as my memory went bad on this one! Strange.


18 posted on 10/09/2007 7:28:58 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: Alter Kaker
The Peace Prize is extremely political; the science prizes usually aren't.

ROTFLMAO You're kidding, right?

19 posted on 10/09/2007 7:32:08 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
ROTFLMAO You're kidding, right?

Well, to some extent all of academia is political, but the science prizes are awarded by scientists, not by professional politicians the way the Peace Prize is.

20 posted on 10/10/2007 10:37:50 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Alter Kaker

In my experience many academic scientists ARE professional politicians.

Remember the DNA intrigue. Also the MRI shenanigans.


21 posted on 10/10/2007 10:44:02 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
In my experience many academic scientists ARE professional politicians.

You mean like Congressmen Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)? Not too many others out there that I'm aware of.

Remember the DNA intrigue. Also the MRI shenanigans.

I'm going to be honest with you : I have no idea what you're talking about.

22 posted on 10/10/2007 10:59:16 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: ladyjane
Remember the DNA intrigue. Also the MRI shenanigans.

If you're talking about the 2003 Physiology or Med Nobel mess involving Raymond Damadian, that's just academic politics, which has really no obvious connection to electoral politics.

If you're talking about Rosalind Franklin, w/regard to the awarding of the 1962 prize in Phys or Med, there are actually some very sound reasons she didn't get the prize, although I'm not sure if that's what you're referring.

23 posted on 10/10/2007 11:06:05 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: ladyjane

“In my experience many academic scientists ARE professional politicians.

Remember the DNA intrigue. Also the MRI shenanigans.”


Perhaps you might want to take a look at who has won Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Physiology/Medicine and the research that was awarded the prizes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize_in_Chemistry#Laureates
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize_in_Physiology_or_Medicine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize_in_Physics


24 posted on 10/10/2007 11:06:09 AM PDT by jamese777
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