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Euro judges outlaw life-saving embryo stem cell research as immoral
Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2011 | TAMARA COHEN

Posted on 10/19/2011 2:11:44 PM PDT by NYer

Scientists in Britain face being barred from developing life-saving treatments after a court ruled it is ‘immoral’ to use embryos to produce stem cells.

The European Court of Justice has decreed that patenting any treatment using the cells is ‘commercial exploitation’ and ‘contrary to morality’.

Scientists warned the ‘devastating decision’ will stop pioneering treatments for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s being developed in the UK, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the multi-million pound biotechnology industry.

But pro-life groups, who argue it is immoral to experiment with embryos to advance medicine, welcomed the ruling.

The decision, made unanimously by 13 judges in Luxembourg, follows a case brought by Greenpeace in Germany against Professor Oliver Brüstle at the University of Bonn.

Professor Brüstle filed a patent with the German government in 1997 to convert embryonic stem cells into nerve cells to help patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Greenpeace challenged it and the case went to the highest court in Germany and then Luxembourg.

The resulting 10-page judgement prohibits patenting any process which involves removing a stem cell from and then destroying a ‘human embryo’ – defined as anything ‘capable of commencing the process of development of a human being.’

It states: ‘Patents may not be granted for inventions whose commercial exploitation would be contrary to morality... In particular patents shall not be awarded for uses of human embryos for industrial or commercial purpose.’

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: embryo; embryonicstemcells; europe; europeanunion; frankenscience; life; moralabsolutes; prolife; stemcells; unitedkingdom; wonderfulnews
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The decision follows a case brought by Greenpeace in Germany against Professor Oliver Brüstle (pictured) at the University of Bonn. He filed a patent with the German government in 1997 to convert embryonic stem cells into nerve cells to help patients with Parkinson's disease
1 posted on 10/19/2011 2:11:49 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

I’m stunned.


2 posted on 10/19/2011 2:13:59 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

They believe cutting edge research – and the huge investment behind it - could move to other countries such as the United States and China.
3 posted on 10/19/2011 2:14:30 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Who would have thought a bunch of euro-weenie judges could get a morality question right.


4 posted on 10/19/2011 2:14:52 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: NYer
Scientists in Britain face being barred from developing life-saving treatments

Their headline is misleading. Such treatments don't exist.

5 posted on 10/19/2011 2:15:53 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: NYer
Professor Brüstle filed a patent with the German government in 1997 to convert embryonic stem cells into nerve cells to help patients with Parkinson’s disease.

So how many Parkinson's patients have you helped, Professor?

::::crickets::::

6 posted on 10/19/2011 2:22:26 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: NYer

Amazing, indeed!

Who’d have thought that a bunch of Euroweenie judges in Brussels would decide this case in favor of human life?

And the lawsuit was brought by Greenpeace!

Greenpeace is saving babies now, as well as whales and seals? I simply can’t imagine it!


7 posted on 10/19/2011 2:24:37 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Moonman62

Yes, indeed. “developing” implies that something already exists. What is banned is performing experiments that entail the killing of human embryos if he they had no more value than an unborn chick.


8 posted on 10/19/2011 2:25:07 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: narses

ping!


9 posted on 10/19/2011 2:25:36 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Norman Bates

Eurotrash and greenpeace? Whod’a thunk it? I’m shocked, in a good way, but shocked, none the less.


10 posted on 10/19/2011 2:25:36 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: MEGoody

**So how many Parkinson’s patients have you helped, Professor?**

so far, the ONLY SUCCESS with stem cells, have been with ADULT STEM CELLS!!!

Embryonic Stem Cells have only caused TUMORS.. most Cancerous!!


11 posted on 10/19/2011 2:26:00 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (islam ... Cult of the DAMNED!!!)
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To: NYer

There are ZERO embryonic stem-cell therapies in use or even close to being in use.

There are no profits.

There is no real hope of profits.

I am stunned that this decision was based on natural law principals.


12 posted on 10/19/2011 2:26:47 PM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: Moonman62

When will they start caring about people being murdered all over the world by islamics? They don’t about the living, and they don’t care to save the living, but they will save the few cells that were aborted or could never become a human life. Such fake “caring” and islamic murders are taking us back into the Dark Ages.


13 posted on 10/19/2011 2:27:13 PM PDT by lephantom
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To: NYer
It's the ADULT stem cells that have rewarded us with RESULTS, and yet the media continues to overlook this fact.

"No bias here...just move along...".


14 posted on 10/19/2011 2:27:22 PM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: NYer
Historically, self stem cell treatments have worked much better than those from heterozygous embryos. Is there any particular reason this Parkinson's treatment must have embryonic cells?
15 posted on 10/19/2011 2:41:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: NYer

What life-saving embryonic stem stell research? In spite of all the government and private money thrown at this form of human sacrifice, no useful treatment has yet emerged.


16 posted on 10/19/2011 2:41:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You could be a monthly donor, too. It's easy!)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

sure do agree with that.....If my life depended on using embryo stem cells or medication derived from them, I would not take it. Adult stem cells have already yielded good results. No one needs embryo stem cells....


17 posted on 10/19/2011 2:47:53 PM PDT by goat granny
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18 posted on 10/19/2011 2:49:54 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: NYer

If I had to hazard a guess, I’d guess that Herr Brüstle doesn’t appear so smug today. The only manner the author might have used to make this article any more biased would have involved listing the judges’ addresses and strong hints of methods of eradication.


19 posted on 10/19/2011 2:50:47 PM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: NYer
I see everybody's ignoring the troll. Good. Carry on.

Meanwhile, Yes, this is stunning: GreenPeace, prolifers, and a unanimous panel of 13 Euroweenie judges! Wow!

I'm sifting throug hmy neural nets to see where this could have come from. I remember back in about 1980 Jeremy Rifkin (agnotic Jew, environmentalist, futurist)w as arguing strenuously against genetic engineering, partly on the grounds that since (1) the USCC refuses to see that human life begins at the beginning, and (2) it is possible to patent genetically engineered life forms, therefore (3) it would become possible to patent human embryos, which would be (in his view and mine, too) seriously wrong.

I wonder if Rifkin's in on this?

20 posted on 10/19/2011 2:54:00 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Keeping an eye on this one.)
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To: Moonman62
Their headline is misleading. Such treatments don't exist

Adult stem cells have some utility (including the fat cells from your sides), but embryo stem cells have shown to be a cropper.

21 posted on 10/19/2011 3:04:17 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Moonman62
Their headline is misleading. Such treatments don't exist

Adult stem cells have some utility (including the fat cells from your sides), but embryo stem cells have shown to be a cropper.

22 posted on 10/19/2011 3:04:30 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Notwithstanding

“I am stunned that this decision was based on natural law principals.”

Europeans have been leary of some of these things since the Nazi experiments; much of that data is not allowed to be used because of how it was obtained.


23 posted on 10/19/2011 3:07:07 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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European judges get it RIGHT! YAY! Very good comments on the thread. Embryonic stem cells have never yielded "life saving treatments" anyway.

24 posted on 10/19/2011 3:09:47 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: Norman Bates

I am stunned that anyone in Europlat still cares about moral issues and life.


25 posted on 10/19/2011 3:24:30 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Moonman62

bump

I have heard of several life saving treatments from adult stem cells though


26 posted on 10/19/2011 3:25:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Notwithstanding

who needs profits or results when you get billions in government funding?


27 posted on 10/19/2011 3:27:31 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: little jeremiah

This is great news, especially since there is no such thing as LIFE SAVING embryonic stem cell research.

Embryonic stem cells don’t work.


28 posted on 10/19/2011 3:32:56 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: GeronL

Just ask Solyndra....


29 posted on 10/19/2011 3:41:17 PM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: NYer

Socialist, utilitarian European judges ruling in favor of a lawsuit brought by the animal first loving Greenpeace? All to stop experimentation on human embryos?

Truly a miracle from God, as far as I can see.


30 posted on 10/19/2011 3:54:15 PM PDT by FourtySeven (When does the race card run out of credit?)
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To: NYer

I honestly find myself looking at Greenpeace with another view.

Also, were they the only one to bring this suit? If so, good on them and shame on European Christians and Christianity there.


31 posted on 10/19/2011 4:01:10 PM PDT by FourtySeven (When does the race card run out of credit?)
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To: Moonman62
You are absolutely correct -- the score of stem cell reproduction and use for cures that comes from live donors; or cord blood; or from one's self -- has hundreds of success stories and the score of the petri dish babies who are sacrificed (murdered) in search of cures -- is an abject and absolute ZERO!
32 posted on 10/19/2011 4:25:39 PM PDT by AKA Elena (St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: NYer

Life saving embryonic stem-cell treatments? I’m not aware of even one.


33 posted on 10/19/2011 5:31:03 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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Greenpeace is saving babies now, as well as whales and seals? I simply can’t imagine it!

Nope. They are just against bio-patents. Amazingly, I find myself on the same side generally. The concept of patenting genes is (pardon the pun), patently ridiculous. Of course the other side of this, is that there is nothing that can be done with embryonic stem cells that can't be done cheaper and safer with adult stem cells. This entire issue with embryonic stem cells is merely a fig leaf used by the left to continue the practice of infanticide.

34 posted on 10/19/2011 5:39:22 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: metmom
(For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)

I love your tagline. My wife and I have been living closely with the Lord the past few days as my youngest daughter (19yo) was killed in a car crash this past weekend. The Lord is faithful, and in Christ we find grace.

35 posted on 10/19/2011 5:47:32 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: gwilhelm56
Many childhood cancers are basically stem cell cancers. The “primitive” cells don't differentiate into adult cells and instead mutate into cancer.
36 posted on 10/19/2011 5:53:00 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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I am sooooo sorry to hear that. My youngest daughter is 19 as well, and I cannot imagine the grief of losing her.

I will be praying for you and am going to ping a few others to do so as well.

Prayer ping for post 35.


37 posted on 10/19/2011 5:53:52 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: zeugma

Oh my goodness. Prayers up for you and your wife at this time.


38 posted on 10/19/2011 5:57:59 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Chag Sameach!)
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To: zeugma

Prayers up for your family.


39 posted on 10/19/2011 6:07:17 PM PDT by PDGearhead (Obama's lack of citizenship)
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To: zeugma

Terribly sorry for your loss. Prayers up for you and your family.


40 posted on 10/19/2011 6:08:34 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (REWARD!! Return escaped conservatives to the Grand Ol' Plantation. Call and ask for Mitt or Rick)
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To: NYer

The righteous hand of YHVH is hard to ignore. Praise Yah!


41 posted on 10/19/2011 6:23:03 PM PDT by patlin ("Knowledge is a powerful source that is 2nd to none but God" ConstitutionallySpeaking 2011)
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To: Notwithstanding
There are no profits. There is no real hope of profits.

Who needs profits when you can get government grant money for producing absolutely nothing?

42 posted on 10/19/2011 6:23:47 PM PDT by ponygirl (People are calling our President the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers; that's not allowed is it?)
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To: zeugma
Condolences on the loss of your daughter. I know exactly the heart pain you are feeling as I have been in the same position, having buried 2 children. May YHVH’s grace & peace be of comfort to you & your family.

Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me

43 posted on 10/19/2011 6:32:10 PM PDT by patlin ("Knowledge is a powerful source that is 2nd to none but God" ConstitutionallySpeaking 2011)
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Thanks NYer.


44 posted on 10/19/2011 6:38:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: zeugma

Outliving your child is this life’s bitterest pill.

Good to know that they’re with the Lord, but that must be shallow comfort right now. Praying for you!


45 posted on 10/19/2011 6:40:16 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: zeugma

Prayers for your whole family and your daughter. Very sorry to hear of this.


46 posted on 10/19/2011 6:40:36 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: NYer

Holy cow! Anybody check the temperature in Hell, lately?


47 posted on 10/19/2011 6:43:21 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: zeugma

May the grace of God be with you, as well as the undying love of Jesus Christ. As a parent that experienced this kind of almost unbearable loss, I can tell you there is reason for hope.


48 posted on 10/19/2011 6:44:52 PM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members http://www.freerepublic.com/foof the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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>> “Scientists warned the ‘devastating decision’ will stop pioneering treatments for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s being developed in the UK, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the multi-million pound biotechnology industry.” <<

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Damn that’s an arrogant lie!

There is no disease the cure for which requires the taking of a child’s life.

A pox on these Franken-Scientists.


49 posted on 10/19/2011 6:45:45 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: NYer
life-saving? Is there one documented case where embryonic stem cells saved a life?
50 posted on 10/19/2011 6:47:48 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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