Skip to comments.Science Over Politics: Nobel For Adult Stem Cell Work
Posted on 10/08/2012 4:20:46 PM PDT by raptor22
Bioethics: British and Japanese researchers have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for showing how to create embryonic stem cells without using human embryos in a genuinely promising line of research.
For decades now, embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) has been trumpeted as the most promising avenue of research, and those who had moral qualms about using human embryos were dismissed as Bible-thumping troglodytes who stood in the way of making the lame walk.
ESCR supporters said their way led to finding "imminent" miracle cures to tragic and sometimes deadly conditions and diseases. They dismissed suggestions of a more promising way with less ethical and moral baggage.
President George W. Bush, the first president to fund embryonic stem cell research, was one who wrestled with the moral qualms and was accused along with others of "politicizing science" for raising concerns about using human embryos created specifically for that purpose.
Federal funding of stem cell research is one of the decisions Bush covers in his book, "Decision Points." On Page 117, he writes: "Embryonic stem cell research seemed to offer so much hope. Yet it raised troubling moral concerns. I wondered if it was possible to find a principled policy that advanced science while respecting the dignity of life."
Well, there is a way, and on Monday two researchers one British, the other Japanese were awarded the Nobel Prize for finding it. John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka won this year's prize in physiology or medicine for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into becoming primitive cells that are the equivalent of embryonic stem cells.
In 2006 researchers led by Dr. Yamanaka of Japan's Kyoto University were first able to "reprogram" human skin cells to behave like embryonic stem cells.
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wow...how do you leave James Thomson out of the Nobel mix for this same thing?
And I thought these prizes only went to politically correct winners.
Seems to me that God blessed those who were working to solve the problem, and were honoring His teachings while doing so.
WHO IS JIM THOMPSON?
The hard science Nobel Prizes have nearly never been PC, to the best of my recollection.
The “Peace Prize” has become a total joke, with only about 20% of those awarded since 1980 being worthy. The Economics Prize is somewhat tainted with PC-dom, but at least 50% of those are reasonable to this day.
What was it that Gore got his prize for? Literary or something?
This is such happy news. God bless these scientists.
yikes...sorry, I’m an idiot.
Thomson, who, unfortunately, gave us and promoted embryonic stem cells
, has switched to Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines
Algore’s “Nobel Prize” is a perfect example of the current “Nobel Peace Prize”
The left won’t give up on embryonic stem cells, though,
because their goals are different.
The goal is to dehumanize the unborn. Some literally HAVE to dehumanize the unborn, because to do otherwise is to have to confront the fact that they committed the murder of their own child.