Skip to comments.Scientists to Congress: Pass the stem cell law ... while you still can
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 thats going to happen, theres no time like the present. The scientists dont 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. Heres 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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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.
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...
Looks like these “scientists” are worried about their federal grants. It’s always about the money. Always.
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.
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.
“Scientists”. Now, that doesn’t say much these days or it says too much.
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.
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.
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.
If embryonic stem cells had all the healing potential advertised, they would not need to fund it through taxes.
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.
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