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GE subsidiary to use human embryonic stem cells for drug testing (spare lab rats from toxic drugs)
cna ^ | July 11, 2009

Posted on 07/11/2009 6:11:14 AM PDT by NYer

London, England, Jul 11, 2009 / 04:09 am (CNA).- GE Healthcare has formed a biotech partnership to develop products based on human embryonic stem cells in hopes that their use will replace lab rats in drug development and toxic drug tests.

The British-based medical research subsidiary of General Electric, GE Healthcare on June 30 announced a multi-year alliance with Geron Corporation to have Geron provide GE scientists with an undisclosed amount of human embryonic stem cells.

According to CNSNews.com, GE Healthcare has said it hopes testing which uses human embryonic cells will spare lab rats from potentially toxic drug evaluations.

"This could replace, to a large extent, animal trials," said Konstantin Fiedler, general manager of cell technologies at GE Healthcare. “Once you have human cells and you can get them in a standardized way, like you get right now, your lab rats in a standardized way, you can actually do those experiments on those cells.”

A Geron/GE news release said that cells derived from human embryos have “similar attributes to their counterparts in the body” and can be used to predict “many pharmacological characteristics of a drug candidate.”

The cells were reportedly derived from embryonic stem cell lines listed on the National Institutes of Health Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Registry. The registry contains stem-cell lines approved under President George W. Bush’s policies established in 2001 to allow and regulate funding of embryonic stem cell research.

The Geron and GE Healthcare said they acknowledge the “considerable debate” and “take very seriously the ethical and societal issues associated with research using stem cells derived from embryonic or fetal tissue.

“We conduct our research in an ethically and scientifically responsible manner," they remarked.

Dr. David Prentice, a senior fellow for life science at the Family Research Council, told CNSNews.com that embryos must be killed before stem cells can be derived from them. He said research on them is “ethically irresponsible and scientifically unworthy, as well as useless for patients.”

Prentice also questioned whether drug testing on animals would really be replaced, as many drugs are metabolized in the liver and other parts of the body.

“Treating just cells in culture will give you some idea of toxicity or perhaps effectiveness on a certain cell type, but will not actually work for the whole organ, or the entire system, or the organism,” he told CNSNews.com.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: embryos; ge; stemcells

1 posted on 07/11/2009 6:11:15 AM PDT by NYer
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Yet we must not underestimate the disturbing scenarios that threaten our future, or the powerful new instruments that the “culture of death” has at its disposal. To the tragic and widespread scourge of abortion we may well have to add in the future — indeed it is already surreptiously present — the systematic eugenic programming of births. At the other end of the spectrum, a pro-euthanasia mindset is making inroads as an equally damaging assertion of control over life that under certain circumstances is deemed no longer worth living. Underlying these scenarios are cultural viewpoints that deny human dignity. These practices in turn foster a materialistic and mechanistic understanding of human life. Who could measure the negative effects of this kind of mentality for development? How can we be surprised by the indifference shown towards situations of human degradation, when such indifference extends even to our attitude towards what is and is not human? What is astonishing is the arbitrary and selective determination of what to put forward today as worthy of respect. Insignificant matters are considered shocking, yet unprecedented injustices seem to be widely tolerated.
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2 posted on 07/11/2009 6:13:14 AM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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3 posted on 07/11/2009 6:13:53 AM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment

Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

4 posted on 07/11/2009 6:15:29 AM PDT by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: NYer

“No Animal Testing”


5 posted on 07/11/2009 6:16:48 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Think of the D Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: NYer

If only embryonic stem cell was a code word for politician. That is a position I could support.


6 posted on 07/11/2009 6:18:21 AM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: NYer
Who would ever have thought we would come to the day when anyone thought it was preferable to sacrifice human embryos to spare rats?
7 posted on 07/11/2009 6:19:55 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: NYer
According to CNSNews.com, GE Healthcare has said it hopes testing which uses human embryonic cells will spare lab rats from potentially toxic drug evaluations.
These 'people' are s-i-c-k.
And there's a special place awaiting them -- right next to Josef Mengele's room in Hell!
8 posted on 07/11/2009 6:22:21 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: trisham
We are working our way backwards. As everyone recalls Father Abraham was guided to an animal to use as a substitute sacrifice for his son. Now, we sacrifice human beings to avoid harm to the animals.

I suspect eventually we will need to take care of the whole pack of barbarians and savages who have seized our legal systems and governments and dispose of them en masse and all at once, as an act of self-defense.

9 posted on 07/11/2009 6:23:32 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: trisham
Who would ever have thought we would come to the day when anyone thought it was preferable to sacrifice human embryos to spare rats?

The signs were all there but we were moving too fast to see them. I recall 25 years ago when they stopped testing mascara on rabbits.

JPII and B16 both saw this coming; hence the quote from the new encyclical.

10 posted on 07/11/2009 6:24:17 AM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: muawiyah; HiTech RedNeck; Condor51; trisham

Money speaks louder than words .... how about boycotting GE products?!


11 posted on 07/11/2009 6:26:23 AM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

I think we are way down the slippery slope already. Not too far away from harvesting babies to do research on.


12 posted on 07/11/2009 6:27:36 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: trisham

I must ask if there is a connection between General Electric and PETA.

General Electric GO TO HELL!


13 posted on 07/11/2009 6:27:44 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: NYer
Money speaks louder than words .... how about boycotting GE products?!

And NBC. The one flaw with this plan is aircraft engines. You can't always choose a flight based on who built the plane and the engines.

14 posted on 07/11/2009 6:28:58 AM PDT by Desdemona (True Christianity requires open hearts and open minds - not blind hatred.)
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To: NYer
The signs were all there but we were moving too fast to see them. I recall 25 years ago when they stopped testing mascara on rabbits.

JPII and B16 both saw this coming; hence the quote from the new encyclical.

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The culture of death seems to be gaining ground at an alarming rate.

15 posted on 07/11/2009 6:29:20 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: Fred Hayek
I must ask if there is a connection between General Electric and PETA.

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Good question.

16 posted on 07/11/2009 6:30:41 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: NYer

I was thinking the same thing.


17 posted on 07/11/2009 6:31:27 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: NYer
Money speaks louder than words .... how about boycotting GE products?!
I already do and have for years decades ;-)

(My Boycott has been for so long, I forgot the original reason, 'I'm series'. But I still will not buy anything by GE)

18 posted on 07/11/2009 6:31:42 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: NYer

Much of this testing was redundant and a response to a growing wave of litigiousness. It is little surprise that a backlash developed, condemning it as cruelty in the pursuit of vanity. The result was new lines of cosmetics which were made of nothing that hadn’t already been tested in the past.

The scientific rationale behind using human stem cells for toxicity testing is entirely unclear to me. Has empirical research been done which shows that the results carry over to the results on organisms as a whole? And even if the results did, why aren’t adult stem cells being used?


19 posted on 07/11/2009 6:34:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Think of the D Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: Condor51

Was it that GE was one of the earliest and most aggressive outsourcers of labor?


20 posted on 07/11/2009 6:35:42 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Think of the D Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: trisham

Not necessary. GE already has a well-established connection to Satan. Can’t imagine PETA could add much to that.


21 posted on 07/11/2009 6:51:24 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Was it that GE was one of the earliest and most aggressive outsourcers of labor?
No. But thanks to your question I now remember why I started boycotting GE -- the 2nd Amendment.

In the early days of the Internet and World Wide Web, a list of Corporations that donated to GUN CONTROL groups like the Brady bunch became public -- GE was one. And so was and is Levi Jeans. So from that day on it was no GE and nothing but Wrangler Jeans for me.

Citicorp is another that donates to Gun Grabber Orgs so I've tried to avoid, payoff and/or close any credit card by them or that they've gobbled up.

22 posted on 07/11/2009 6:53:38 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: NYer
GE used to be a fine American company. I have an almost 2 decades old GE refrigerator I really like.

One of these days I'll have to replace it and had planned on getting another GE and maybe a new GE cook top and oven. Looks like I'll be shopping for a different brand.

Better to find out now before I spend the money than to find out later and regret my supporting GE.

23 posted on 07/11/2009 6:58:58 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Condor51

Thanks. That’s good to know.


24 posted on 07/11/2009 7:33:12 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: NYer

Thanks for the post.


25 posted on 07/11/2009 11:49:24 AM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: NYer

I agree.

Boycott GE


26 posted on 07/11/2009 11:50:23 AM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: NYer

It wasn’t long ago that ESCs were going to “change the world” once they received “adequate funding,” and soon Christopher Reeve would walk again, etc. etc. etc.

But this? Using human embryos to save animals from pain? It’s a tacit admission that ESCs will never, ever, ever, ever, cure anything.

But a bright future in the cosmetics-testing industry is assured.


27 posted on 07/12/2009 12:32:06 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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