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Scientists to Congress: Pass the stem cell law ... while you still can
The LA Times ^ | November 5, 2010 | Karen Kaplan

Posted on 11/05/2010 10:10:31 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded

In a letter sent Friday to the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the deans of American medical schools, chief executives of U.S. hospitals and heads of organizations with names like the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Society of Human Genetics said that federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research “is essential” if scientists are to succeed in turning the cells into usable treatments. “The therapeutic potential of human embryonic stem cells is remarkable and could well prove to be one of the most significant paradigm-shifting advances in the history of medical science,” they wrote. “These cells have the unique potential to differentiate into any human cell type and offer real hope of life-affirming treatments for diabetes, damaged heart tissue, arthritis, Parkinson's, ALS and spinal cord injuries, to name but a few examples.”

The bill has been passed twice before by bipartisan Congresses, though in both cases it was vetoed by then-President George W. Bush. The imperative to pass it in this congressional session was thought to have diminished after President Obama broadened the scope of federal support for stem cell research though an executive order. Then the surprise decision by a U.S. district judge to halt federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research (which was temporarily reversed) underscored the need for congressional action. And if that’s going to happen, there’s no time like the present. The scientists don’t say so explicitly, but they must be thinking that their chances will be worse come January, when majority control of the House shifts to the Republicans. Here’s what they did say: “We urge you to put this legislation on the floor calendar and pass it when Congress returns in November to help ensure the potential of this research is translated into treatments.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; congress; funding; lameduck; pelosi; prolife; research; science; stemcell; stemcells

1 posted on 11/05/2010 10:10:38 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded
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To: Eyes Unclouded
These are special interest whores, acting under the guise of ‘science’ chirping for billions in grants, so they can retire early in luxury! IMHO
2 posted on 11/05/2010 10:14:18 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: Eyes Unclouded

You know I got caught with my hand in a cookie jar once. I figured “hey I’m already gonna get the belt for this might as well go for gusto!” By the time my mom (who just walked in) had put down the groceries and gotten me out of the jar I had stuffed my face with three more chocolate chip cookies.

Let’s try to be faster than my mom was.


3 posted on 11/05/2010 10:15:08 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
The cure to cancer, etc would be worth hundreds of billions of dollars on the open market. If embryonic stem cells are as promising as these people suggest, then there wouldn't need to be one cent of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. People would be lining up around the block to plunk down millions today which would turn into billions tomorrow.

Other countries don't have the same hang up we do about using babies as spare parts. So why haven't they cured cancer, etc with embryonic stem cells?
4 posted on 11/05/2010 10:17:42 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial. And Post-Partisan. Agent Of Hope And Change. EVER.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
This where science meets magic as only American taxpayer dollars can fund human embryonic stem cell research. No other country or private enterprises can do it.
5 posted on 11/05/2010 10:20:40 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Eyes Unclouded; neverdem
Embryonic research is a billion dollar industry, built on abortion, the murder of innocents.
6 posted on 11/05/2010 10:22:01 PM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
From what I have read, embryonic stem cells have only created cancerous tumors in mice. Who wants to be the first humans tested??
7 posted on 11/05/2010 10:22:32 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Eyes Unclouded

The only research the government needs to get involved in is asswipe kind of research that the private investor won’t touch with a ten foot pole...


8 posted on 11/05/2010 10:29:13 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: J Edgar
Someone should post a picture of Matthew Lesko.
9 posted on 11/05/2010 10:31:47 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Looks like these “scientists” are worried about their federal grants. It’s always about the money. Always.


10 posted on 11/05/2010 10:36:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We have not yet begun to fight!)
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To: babygene

I’m not sure how to parse what you just said.

Taken as “the only research the government should sponsor is one that the private sector simply can’t as they are not profitable such as basic sciences (particle accelerators, ARPAnet, cosmology)” then yes I would tend to agree while making allowances for military purposes. NASA being gutted to make room for private companies is an example.

Taken as “the only research the government should sponsor is into ways to clean yourself AND the private sector finds unprofitable” I would have to disagree. If there is some way to clean yourself that is on the cutting edge of science but somehow can’t make money it involves powers man is not meant to use in such fashion.


11 posted on 11/05/2010 10:39:41 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Embryonic stems cells have provided zero medical breakthroughs. All the stem cell promise has been delivered from adult stem cells. There are thousands of developed applications for stem cells, but thus far they have all been adult cells. This money grabbing hoax is a fraud.


12 posted on 11/05/2010 10:50:12 PM PDT by DaveyB (Fear is the foundation of most governments -- John Adams)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

“Scientists”. Now, that doesn’t say much these days or it says too much.


13 posted on 11/05/2010 11:04:37 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Eyes Unclouded

I am against this on pro life principles, but this should be argued from a budget perspective. Abortionists and Hollywood actors can fund this research with their own money. Any funding needs to be cut.


14 posted on 11/05/2010 11:05:59 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Eyes Unclouded
I posted the following (twice) and it was already deleted twice by the Left Coast Slimes, so I might as well post it here for posterity:

The 'scientists' (I use the term loosely) who are agitating for federal funding to harvest new strains of embryonic stem cells are thoroughgoing liars. There are already dozens, if not hundreds of embryonic stem cell strains in unlimited quantities to utilize in any stem cell research imaginable - no reasonable justification exists for insisting on Federal funding to harvest yet more strains of embryonic stem cells, especially considering the ethical issues and the nonexistent justifications for doing so.

There is an additional dimension of dishonesty that this article perpetuates regarding the efficacy of embryonic stem cell treatments which is less than zero to date. IOW, there is no useful treatment that requires embryonic stem cells for its success and no reasonable probability of one being developed in the forseeable future, whether or not new embryonic strains are harvested or not. The disingenuousness of the embryonic stem cell harvesting advocates here is nothing short of sickening.

Contrast that to the millions of patients who have been successfully treated with their own stem cells for a variety of diseases. A person's own stem cells have the unique advantage of being compatible with his or her own tissues, an advantage that treatments based on embryonic stem cells can virtually never match.

15 posted on 11/05/2010 11:33:10 PM PDT by Post Toasties
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To: Eyes Unclouded

More junk science being used by the Marxist whores, hustlers and killers.

If they pass it, it will be defunded as soon as the new House is seated.

Eff the corrupt bastards.


16 posted on 11/05/2010 11:41:54 PM PDT by chilltherats (He was born with a roaring voice, and it had the trick of inflaming half-wits against their betters)
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To: Post Toasties

Very good.


17 posted on 11/06/2010 2:24:35 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

If embryonic stem cells had all the healing potential advertised, they would not need to fund it through taxes.


18 posted on 11/06/2010 2:51:55 AM PDT by AndyTheBear
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To: Post Toasties

Post this everywhere you can, and even on your own blog.

Also, post it whenever the conversation is about Federal spending in general. Just adapt the message. I was wondering if you could send this information to the university’s local town newspapers as an opinion piece. Keep up the good work, fight the good fight.

Abortion is the final straw with God, whether it is murdering his pre-born blessings or aborting them on the alter of a false God.


19 posted on 11/06/2010 8:57:33 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: J Edgar

I agree


20 posted on 11/06/2010 9:01:42 AM PDT by Diggity
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To: Eyes Unclouded
"The therapeutic potential of human embryonic stem cells is remarkable and could well prove to be one of the most significant paradigm-shifting advances in the history of... "

Yes, as they say - "could well prove" - however adult stem cells need no such qualifier, they are already proving to be the stem cell paradigm-shifting advance in biology and day by day proving that embryonic stem cells are not necessary for that advance.

In addition, some U.K. scientists have also, already, achieved the result of turning-on in adult stem cells the full potential believed to only exist in embryonic stem cells; further demonstrating, with science, that harvesting embryonic stem cells is not needed.

21 posted on 11/06/2010 1:08:22 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Eyes Unclouded

They presume that the essentiality of federal funding is self-evident, which it most certainly is not. What these “scientists” desire is that The Culture of Death be endowed with the general public endorsement that federal funding will imply.


22 posted on 11/06/2010 1:22:34 PM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Texas Eagle to Scientists: Burn in Hell!


23 posted on 11/06/2010 1:36:04 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
They lie. Want proof? Go here and look for the words "fairy tale" and hear it right from the horse's mouth.
24 posted on 11/06/2010 3:54:24 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Eyes Unclouded.


25 posted on 11/07/2010 5:04:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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