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  • Embryonic Stem Cell Fail as Firm Goes Defunct

    06/08/2016 9:18:54 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    In 2004, Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards promised that if John Kerry won, people would rise out of their wheelchairs and walk. In the 2006 election, actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s, made a commercial for Democratic Senate candidates in which he urged voters to support those candidates who opposed restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and stood in the way of imminent miracles. Private funding, it should be noted, was never restricted. The only thing that stood in the way of miracle cures from embryonic stem cell research miracle cures, we were told, was the...
  • *VANITY* ... Michael J Fox ... *VANITY*

    04/13/2016 7:36:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 39 replies ^ | April 13, 2016 | knarf
    Michael J. Fox is a tragic shell of his former self and so crippled by Parkinson’s disease that he needs help getting into a car. On Feb. 15, the reclusive 54-year-old actor tried to enjoy a rare night out with his actress wife Tracy Pollan at the Hollywood restaurant Craig's. As Pollan followed, the stricken Back to the Future star, whose speech is slurred and who walks with a limp while dragging his left foot, was put into the vehicle by several helpers. "It was heartbreaking," an insider told "Michael's bravery knows no bounds. But as the disease takes...
  • Not with a bang but a whimper: What ever happened to the stem cell wars?

    11/03/2015 5:44:51 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 11/3/15 | Michael Cook
    It’s time for scientists and bioethicists to establish a Embryonic Stem Cell Truth and Reconciliation Commission.It all seems so long ago now. But from 2002 to 2008 they barnstormed, fibbed, exaggerated, hyped, and caricatured to get government funding so that they could play God with human embryos. It was a brutal battle in which truth came second. "People need a fairy tale," said Ronald D.G. McKay, a leading stem cell scientist, in 2004.The claims made for the near-miraculous potential of human embryonic stem cells were extraordinary. Celebrities and scientists spoke with the breathless enthusiasm normally associated with crystal medicine or ayurvedic...
  • Stem cells op gives millions hope of cure for blindness

    09/29/2015 2:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | September 29, 2015 | David Pilditch
    A BRITISH pensioner has become the first person to undergo revolutionary eye surgery aimed at curing blindness in millions of people. The 60-year-old woman, who had severely impaired sight and was in danger of going blind, is said to have had no complications so far following the three-hour operation last month. The surgical team hopes to determine how successful the treatment was by early December. The woman has asked to remain anonymous. The scientists behind the pioneering procedure hope it will dramatically transform lives, allowing the blind to recognise faces of loved ones again and regain the ability to carry...
  • Obama Admin backing Ebola vaccines using aborted baby cell lines

    10/15/2014 4:02:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 15, 2014 | John Henry Westen
    The Obama Administration has chosen to back Ebola vaccines made using cell lines cultivated from aborted babies, despite the fact that the government itself acknowledged that moral alternatives could also be used, according to a pro-life organization that specializes in advocating for morally produced vaccines.  Children of God for Life says it has discovered that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide are being made using the aborted fetal cell lines.The proof of the use of the controversial cell lines in the manufacture of the vaccines is found in the patents. According to the patents, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID...
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Backers Make More False Claims, Only Adult Cells Help Patients

    10/09/2014 1:54:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/9/14 | Dr. David Prentic
    Excitement over a newly-released paper on stem cells making insulin is a tribute to the Harvard stem cell Press Office.The actual report is quite a bit less earth-shaking than you might be led to believe by the Harvard press office. The science itself, in a paper from the lab of Dr. Doug Melton published in the journal Cell, provides an incremental improvement in the derivation of functional (insulin-secreting) beta cells. MeltonÂ’s lab developed an improved method to generate millions of insulin-secreting cells from human embryonic stem cells (hESC, which require the destruction of a young human being) and from human...
  • Milestone study probes cancer origin

    08/17/2013 4:54:38 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 2013 August 14 | James Gallagher
    Scientists are reporting a significant milestone for cancer research after charting 21 major mutations behind the vast majority of tumours. The disruptive changes to the genetic code, reported in Nature, accounted for 97% of the 30 most common cancers. Finding out what causes the mutations could lead to new treatments. Some causes, such as smoking are known, but more than half are still a mystery. Cancer Research UK said it was a fascinating and important study. A tumour starts when one of the building blocks of bodies, a cell, goes wrong. Over the course of a lifetime cells pick up...
  • Scam Cell - California’s embryonic stem-cell research institute fails to deliver.

    03/23/2013 4:52:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    City Journal ^ | 14 March 2013 | LLOYD BILLINGSLEY
    The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state’s controversial, $3 billion stem-cell research agency, has yet to follow recommendations from a December report by the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences. The report, which urged the agency to overhaul its board of directors, did not fully convey the magnitude of CIRM’s failure—but it did confirm that CIRM might be better described as Conflict of Interest Research Money. Almost all members of the CIRM board, investigators noted, “are interested parties with a personal or financial stake in the allocation of CIRM fundings.” In fact, CIRM directed...
  • President Obama and the Embryonic Backfire

    11/08/2012 12:54:57 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies | November 7, 2012 | Robin L. Smith
    Here's the link.
  • Stem Cell Opponents Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

    10/11/2012 4:08:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 11 October 2012 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Two scientists who have fought a 3-year, losing court battle to block federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research have now taken their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Yesterday, attorneys for the plaintiffs in Sherley v. Sebelius filed what's known as a writ of certiorari with the land's highest court. In their 36-page petition(PDF), they ask the court to consider two questions that were raised when a federal appeals court ruled against them in August. One is whether the appeals court should have relied on its own earlier, split decision finding that federally funded hESC research doesn't...
  • Science Over Politics: Nobel For Adult Stem Cell Work

    10/08/2012 4:20:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 8, 2012
    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...
  • Court: Obama Can Force Taxpayer-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    08/24/2012 11:58:12 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies ^ | August. 24, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A federal appeals court has determined a federal judge was right to throw out a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a decision throwing out a lawsuit challenging the funding, which President George W. Bush stopped and Obama allowed just months after entering office. The bringers of the lawsuit argued Obama’s executive order forcing taxpayer funding violated the 1996 Dickey-Wicker law that prohibits taxpayer of any scientific research that results in the destruction of human embryos, unborn children at...
  • New Stem Cell Technique Promises Abundance of Key Heart Cells

    05/29/2012 4:35:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 28, 2012 | NA
    Cardiomyocytes, the workhorse cells that make up the beating heart, can now be made cheaply and abundantly in the laboratory. Writing this week (May 28, 2012) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of Wisconsin scientists describes a way to transform human stem cells -- both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells -- into the critical heart muscle cells by simple manipulation of one key developmental pathway. The technique promises a uniform, inexpensive and far more efficient alternative to the complex bath of serum or growth factors now used to nudge blank slate stem cells to...
  • Michael J. Fox Looks Past Stem Cells to Internet for Parkinson's Cure

    05/18/2012 8:31:43 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18th 2012 | Russell Goldman
    Michael J. Fox, whose turn from Parkinson’s disease patient to scientific crusader made him one of the country’s most visible advocates for stem cell research, now believes the controversial therapy may not ultimately yield a cure for his disease, he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. There have been “problems along the way,” Fox said of stem cell studies, for which he has long advocated. Instead, he said, new drug therapies are showing real promise and are “closer today” to providing a cure for Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative illness that over time causes the body to become rigid...
  • California's stem cell agency ponders its future

    03/18/2012 6:23:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via SacBee ^ | 3/18/12 | ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer
    LOS ANGELES -- The creation of California's stem cell agency in 2004 was greeted by scientists and patients as a turning point in a field mired in debates about the destruction of embryos and hampered by federal research restrictions. The taxpayer-funded institute wielded the extraordinary power to dole out $3 billion in bond proceeds to fund embryonic stem cell work with an eye toward treatments for a host of crippling diseases. Midway through its mission, with several high-tech labs constructed, but little to show on the medicine front beyond basic research, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine faces an uncertain...
  • Embryonic Stem Cells Still Haven’t Performed Miracles

    11/22/2011 7:25:47 PM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 22, 2011 | IBD staff
    Subsidies: A firm that received tax dollars to pursue embryonic stem cell research abandons what was touted as the most promising avenue of research for medical miracles. Then there's that "conscience thing." When Geron Corp. announced in January 2010 that the first clinical trial using its embryonic stem cells to treat an actual human patient was under way, its stock shot up 6.4%. Geron got the first Food and Drug Administration license to use embryonic stem cells to treat people in a clinical trial, in this case patients with a spinal cord injury. Last week Geron announced that it was...
  • Geron Bails Out of Stem Cells

    11/16/2011 11:43:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 15 November 2011 | Gretchen Vogel
    Geron, the company that helped pioneer human embryonic stem (hES) cell research, said yesterday that it is stopping its first-in-the-world clinical trial and pulling out of further stem cell work. The company, based in Menlo Park, California, will instead concentrate on its anticancer therapies, CEO John Scarlett said in a statement. "Deciding to move out of the stem cell business was a very difficult decision to make," he told investors and journalists this morning. Geron helped to fund the work of James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who in 1998 was the first to isolate hES cells. That...
  • Euro judges outlaw life-saving embryo stem cell research as immoral

    10/19/2011 2:11:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2011 | TAMARA COHEN
    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...
  • Obama wins stem cell lawsuit

    07/28/2011 12:26:09 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 4 replies
    Obama wins stem cell lawsuit ^ | 7/27/11 10:57 AM EDT Updated: 7/27/11 2:04 PM EDT | By REID J. EPSTEIN
    A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s funding of stem cell research. The lawsuit, filed by Boston biological engineer James L. Shirley, asserted that the funding violated a 1996 law prohibiting federal taxpayer money from supporting work that harms an embryo. The Obama administration policy allows research on embryos that were harvested long ago through private funding ... ... The Court of Appeals overruled him, and (Judge Royce) Lamberth said Wednesday he is bound by the higher court’s ruling and dismissed the case. The White House hailed the ruling as a “victory for research and...
  • Saving Sight, Testing Faith

    06/02/2011 6:36:37 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/2/2011 | Sharon Begley
    Stem cells, it seems, have become almost as ubiquitous in medicine as stethoscopes. Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon received injections of stem cells from his own fat and bone marrow to treat an injured shoulder and elbow, his doctor recently revealed. Meanwhile, a Texas hospital is testing whether stem cells from a patient's bone marrow will improve the effectiveness of cardiac bypass surgery. It's enough to suggest that the bitter religious, ethical, and political battles over stem cells that began in 1998 were pointless. If cells harvested from patients themselves can treat disease, perhaps there's no need to use ones obtained...
  • Romney Health Care Speech at Center Doing Embryonic Research

    05/12/2011 12:56:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/12/11 | Steven Ertelt
    Mitt Romney can’t seem to win for losing when it comes to some of the criticisms he faces on pro-life and health care issues. The former Massachusetts governor is giving a major speech today about health care in an attempt to overcome the hurdle he faces about the health care plan implemented during his gubernatorial administration that requires state residents to purchase health insurance in a way similar to Obamacare. Romney has already faced questions about the sincerity of his conversion on abortion — from abortion to pro-life before the 2008 presidential campaign — and the location of his speech...
  • US Appeals Court Overturns Ban On Stem-Cell Funding

    04/29/2011 1:08:27 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 67 replies · 1+ views ^ | 04/29/2011 | Brent Kendall
    <p>WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the federal government can continue to fund research involving human embryonic stem cells, a significant legal victory for the Obama administration.</p> <p>The divided ruling, by the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, overturned a trial judge's surprise ruling in 2010 that barred funding for the research.</p>
  • The Stem-Cell War - Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells do have a record of healing...

    04/13/2011 1:13:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 13, 2011 | David Klinghoffer
    The Stem-Cell WarUnlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells do have a record of healing. You wouldn't know it from the media. An enduring liberal myth, that of the Republican “war on science,” got a subtle rebuke this week when the first and only patient to receive FDA-approved embryonic-stem-cell therapy publicly revealed his identity. Timothy J. Atchison, a 21-year-old nursing student, had been partially paralyzed in a car crash. Six months ago, scientists at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta sought to test on him the safety of a drug concocted from stem cells of the kind derived by destroying a...
  • Flaw in induced-stem-cell model - Adult cells do not fully convert to embryonic-like state.

    02/03/2011 3:09:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Nature News ^ | 2 February 2011 | Elie Dolgin
    Medical researchers' hopes of replacing politically fraught embryonic stem (ES) cells with stem cells derived from adult tissues have suffered a setback. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, created by turning back the developmental clock on adult tissues, and ES cells display similar gene-expression patterns, and both can produce any of the various tissues in the human body. But patterns of epigenetic changes — alterations that affect gene expression without changing the DNA sequence — tell a different story about iPS cells, a team led by Joseph Ecker, a molecular geneticist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, reports online...
  • Most scientists in this country are Democrats. That's a problem. (barf alert!)

    12/10/2010 4:05:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 93 replies
    Slate ^ | Dec. 8, 2010 | Daniel Sarewitz
    It is no secret that the ranks of scientists and engineers in the United States include dismal numbers of Hispanics and African-Americans, but few have remarked about another significantly underrepresented group: Republicans. No, this is not the punch line of a joke. A Pew Research Center Poll from July 2009 showed that only around 6 percent of U.S. scientists are Republicans; 55 percent are Democrats, 32 percent are independent, and the rest "don't know" their affiliation.This immense imbalance has political consequences. When President Obama appears Wednesday on Discovery Channel's Mythbusters (9 p.m. ET), he will be there not just to...
  • Former President Bush's memoir will highlight influence of Pope John Paul II

    10/31/2010 2:57:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies · 2+ views
    CNA ^ | Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2010 Former President Bush's memoir will highlight influence of Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II and President George W. Bush Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2010 / 07:21 am (CNA).- An early preview of President George W. Bush's forthcoming memoir “Decision Points,” has revealed that the book will discuss the former president's relationship with Pope John Paul II—especially the Pope's influence on his decision to restrict embryonic stem cell research. The Pontiff and president met publicly in 2001, 2002 and 2004, for discussions that displayed both profound agreements and serious differences between the two men. On October 28,...
  • Stem CElls: Promise and Promise

    10/15/2010 11:23:06 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily staff
    Science: After decades of promises, the first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells has begun. Again, the success stories using adult stem cells are ignored as ideology, and profit, triumph over science. The announcement by Geron Corp. on Monday that the first clinical trial using its embryonic stem cells to treat an actual human patient was under way sent its stock up 6.4%. Geron has the first FDA license to use embryonic stem cells to treat people, in this case a patient with a spinal cord injury. We wish the patient well, but using stem cells to treat disease...
  • Archbishop Allen Vigneron Defends Human Embryonic Life in Detroit Free Press

    10/07/2010 7:03:25 AM PDT · by tcg · 10 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/7/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    "Progress in research on umbilical cord blood cells and adult stem cells is to be saluted and supported. Patients and advocates alike can look to the growing number of cures and treatments discovered through research that does not destroy the living human embryo. Conversely, experiments on human embryonic stem cells deserve our scrutiny and scorn. If not us, who will speak for our fellow citizens-to-be? "We are blessed to live in a country with some of the most extraordinary founding documents in history. If, indeed, we believe we were "created equal," doesn't that belief extend to the indefensible living embryo...
  • Human Rights for Human Embryos: No to Deadly Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    09/04/2010 10:24:49 AM PDT · by tcg
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/4/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On Monday, August 23, 2010 Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined the implementation of the Obama Administration guidelines of 2009 which would have allowed researchers to extract stem cells from "surplus" embryos donated by patients at fertility clinics. Every "extraction" is an execution, killing human embryonic life... ...human embryology and developmental biology affirm that a human embryo is not distinct in kind from a human being, but a human being at an early stage of development. Even prior to implantation, a human embryo is a unique living human being...
  • Stem Cell Research: Adults Only?

    08/24/2010 6:23:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 24, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Bioethics: A federal judge rules that the administration violated congressional intent when it lifted restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. No, this will not usher in a new dark age. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth was striking enough. Lamberth said that when President Obama lifted Bush administration restrictions on ESCR, he violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. First passed in 1996, and passed every year as part of the federal budget, Dickey-Wicker blocks federal funds for stem cell research in which human embryos are destroyed. Perhaps more striking is the press coverage of Lamberth's ruling. The...
  • Federal Court Halts Obama Administration's Deadly Research on Human Embryonic Life

    08/24/2010 4:36:04 AM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 8/24/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    In a significant opinion issued by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia human embryonic life was given a stay of execution on Monday, August 23, 2010. The Federal Court enjoined the implementation of the Obama Administration guidelines which would have allowed researchers to extract stem cells from "surplus" embryos donated by patients at fertility clinics. This "extraction" amounts to an execution of human embryonic life. These guidelines went into effect in July, 2009. ...In the Courts own words "having concluded that the Dickey-Wicker Amendment is unambiguous, the question before the...
  • U.S. court rules against Obama's stem cell policy

    08/23/2010 2:32:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/23/10 | Staff
    (Reuters) - A U.S. district court issued a preliminary injunction on Monday stopping federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, in a slap to the Obama administration's new guidelines on the sensitive issue. The court ruled in favor of a suit filed in June by researchers who said human embryonic stem cell research involved the destruction of human embryos. Judge Royce Lamberth granted the injunction after finding the lawsuit would likely succeed because the guidelines violated law banning the use of federal funds to destroy human embryos.
  • Stem cells restore sight in mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa

    02/24/2010 11:16:01 AM PST · by decimon · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Columbia University Medical Center ^ | Feb 23, 2010 | Unknown
    Findings could affect future treatments for macular degeneration, stargardt disease & other forms of retinal diseaseNEW YORK (February 24, 2010) – An international research team led by Columbia University Medical Center successfully used mouse embryonic stem cells to replace diseased retinal cells and restore sight in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa. This strategy could potentially become a new treatment for retinitis pigmentosa, a leading cause of blindness that affects approximately one in 3,000 to 4,000 people, or 1.5 million people worldwide. The study appears online ahead of print in the journal Transplantation (March 27, 2010 print issue). Specialized retinal...
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Research Has Lost the Battle, California Was Its Waterloo

    01/13/2010 4:27:27 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 579+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/13/10 | Joe Carter Note: This opinion column originally appeared on the blog of First Things, a pro-life, Catholic publication founded by Father Richard John Neuhaus.   The battle over embryonic stem cell research is over. A few skirmishes will no doubt continue -- perhaps even for years -- and some ESCR advocates will refuse to acknowledge defeat. But they have decisively lost. Years from now, when we look back in astonishment at having been fleeced for billions to pay for therapeutically worthless research, we'll recognize that California was the Waterloo for ESCR.In 2004, California approved Proposition71, a ballot measure that would allow...
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Researchers May Target Minorities for New Embryos

    01/01/2010 12:44:04 PM PST · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 405+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/31/09 | Dr. David Prentice Note: Dr. David Prentice is Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at Family Research Council. Up to July 2004 he had spent almost 20 years as Professor of Life Sciences, Indiana State University, and Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine. Two recent papers–one published online by the New England Journal of Medicine and one just published in Nature Methods–analyzed the genetic ethnic diversity of some of the existing human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines. One group examined 47 hESC lines, while another checked 42 hESC lines; there were 9 lines that both groups checked,...
  • Barack Obama Establishes New Presidential Bioethics Council, Could Push Cloning

    12/01/2009 3:47:22 PM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 591+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/1/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- President Barack Obama has established a new presidential bioethics council that may feature advisors who could push his decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research even further. They could advise Obama that his administration should push human cloning.Last week, under the cover of the death of news given the Thanksgiving holiday, Obama signed an executive order to create the new council.Obama created the Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and named Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, to serve as its chair and James W. Wagner, president of Emory...
  • Pope Presses Obama On Abortion Stem Cells

    07/11/2009 7:30:33 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 8 replies · 549+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 11, 2009
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI stressed the church's opposition to abortion and stem cell research in his first meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday, pressing the Vatican's case with the U.S. leader who is already under fire on those issues from some conservative Catholics and bishops back home...Afterward, the Vatican said the leaders discussed immigration, the Middle East peace process and aid to developing nations. But the Vatican's statement also underscored the pair's deep disagreement on abortion. "In the course of their cordial exchanges, the conversation turned first of all to questions which are in the interest of...
  • GE Plans to Use Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Not Lab Rats, to Test Drug Toxicity

    07/09/2009 2:52:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 8 replies · 343+ views
    CNS ^ | 7/9/09 | Monica Gabriel
    GE Healthcare, the medical research subsidiary of General Electric, has formed a partnership with a leading U.S. biotech company to develop products based on human embryonic stem cells that can be used to develop new drugs. On June 30, GE Healthcare and Geron Corporation announced a multi-year alliance where Geron will provide GE scientists with an undisclosed amount of human embryonic stem cells. The human cells will be used “to develop and commercialize cellular assay products derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for use in drug discovery, development and toxicity screening,” according to a news release. GE Healthcare, which...
  • General Electric to Use Embryonic Stem Cells for Testing, Phase Out Lab Rats

    07/02/2009 1:21:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 924+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/2/09 | Alex Bush
    BOSTON, Mass, July 1, 2009 ( - General Electric has announced that it will use embryonic stem cells provided by Geron Corporation for the purpose of testing toxic effects of drug treatments.GE issued a statement, attempting to preempt criticism over the decision, saying, "We 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," the statement said.However, embryonic stem cells have been the center of heated controversy since harvesting the cells requires the destruction...
  • White House (Obama's) War On Science

    06/24/2009 5:16:34 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 1,461+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 24, 2009 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    Science: The president's Council on Bioethics is summarily dismissed when it disagrees on the need for more federally funded embryonic stem cell research. The scientific method doesn't include firing those who disagree with you.Inspectors general are apparently not the only ones to pay for annoying the White House by doing their job. The 18-member council existed to provide the president with advice on the moral and ethical implications of the rapid advances in science and medical research. It exists no more. The council existed to ponder whether we should do something just because we can. Apparently President Obama wanted not...
  • Obama Scraps President's Bioethics Council After Forcing Embryonic Tax-Funding

    06/22/2009 1:36:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 801+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/21/09 | Dr. David Prentice Note: Dr. David Prentice is Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at Family Research Council. Up to July 2004 he had spent almost 20 years as Professor of Life Sciences, Indiana State University, and Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine.The President's Council on Bioethics is no more. With a one-day notice, the members were told in a letter from the President that their services were no longer required. Pack up, get out. Forget the fact that they had a couple of interesting reports coming out soon, one more meeting, and that the Council's tenure...
  • Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines Comments Form (Stop embryonic stem cell research by 5/26)

    05/22/2009 7:03:43 PM PDT · by Sun · 6 replies · 499+ views
    NIH ^ | 4/23/09 | NIH staff
    Comments Deadline: 11:00pm EST on May 26, 2009. snip Please enter your comments on the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, as announced in the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice. Please reference specific sections in the document, when applicable. Please note that comments will be publicly available, including those containing personally identifiable or confidential business information.
  • Opinion: Are Embryo Banks for Spare Parts Next ?

    04/28/2009 4:37:38 PM PDT · by tcg · 3 replies · 335+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/29/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    A troubling story out of London reflects the continued downward spiral the West is on as turning human persons into commodities to be sold or experimented upon becomes increasingly acceptable. The article in the “Daily Mail” entitled “Storm over embryo 'bank' which could be used as a body repair kit” noted: “Couples could be allowed to store embryos in order to use them to create new body parts or cure diseases. Government legal and ethical experts are to discuss whether families can ‘bank’ embryos not just for procreation but also for use by doctors to create personalised treatments for parents...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Soylent Green is People - Proposal to Make and Store Embryos for Stem Cells

    04/27/2009 12:57:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 314+ views
    Secondhand Smoke ^ | 4/27/09 | Wesley J. Smith
    More proof in that embryonic stem cell research is not--and never has been--about getting some use out of leftover IVF embryos that are due to be destroyed anyway. A serious proposal has been forwarded to make embryos for the purpose of storing them as a source of future medical need. From the story: Couples could be allowed to store embryos in order to use them to create new body parts or cure diseases. Government legal and ethical experts are to discuss whether families can 'bank' embryos not just for procreation but also for use by doctors to create personalised...
  • Blind to be cured with stem cells

    04/19/2009 1:52:43 PM PDT · by ak267 · 5 replies · 608+ views
    Times On Line ^ | 04/19/2009 | ak267
    BRITISH scientists have developed the world’s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time. The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated cells with new ones created from embryonic stem cells. It was pioneered by scientists and surgeons from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital.
  • Blind to be cured with embryonic stem cells (claim)

    BRITISH scientists have developed the world’s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time. The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated cells with new ones created from embryonic stem cells. It was pioneered by scientists and surgeons from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital. This week Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical research company, will announce its financial backing to bring the therapy to patients. The treatment will tackle age-related...
  • Pelosi rebuts critics of stem cell research

    04/17/2009 5:18:24 PM PDT · by redk · 26 replies · 1,808+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 4/17/09 | Carla Marinucci
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi forcefully responded to conservative critics of government funding for programs like stem cell research today, saying that under the Bush administration "we've had a situation where it's faith or science - take your pick." "We're saying science is an answer to our prayers," the San Francisco Democrat said.
  • President Barack Obama Warped and Twisted Science With Embryonic Stem Cell Order

    04/13/2009 1:15:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 537+ views
    Life News ^ | 4/13/09 | Joseph Infranco Note: Joseph Infranco is senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.   On March 9, with a stroke of his pen, President Obama signed an executive order that provides federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The president’s terse but chilling justification was that “science should trump ideology.” The statement is a masterpiece of legerdemain, disguising its false premise and frightening implications while miscommunicating the nature and meaning of science. The first...
  • UCSF team closer to creating safe embryonic-like stem cells

    04/13/2009 7:26:56 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 219+ views
    Good News Archive ^ | 04/13/09 | University of California - San Francisco
    A team of UCSF researchers has for the first time used tiny molecules called microRNAs to help turn adult mouse cells back to their embryonic state. These reprogrammed cells are pluripotent, meaning that, like embryonic stem cells, they have the capacity to become any cell type in the body. The findings suggest that scientists will soon be able to replace retroviruses and even genes currently used in laboratory experiments to induce pluripotency in adult cells. This would make potential stem cell-based therapies safer by eliminating the risks posed to humans by these DNA-based methods, including alteration of the genome and...
  • Oprah’s website buries Dr. Oz's ‘stem cell debate is dead’ statement

    04/08/2009 1:48:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 2,894+ views
    CNA ^ | April 8, 2009
    Chicago, Ill., Apr 8, 2009 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- Yesterday, Dr. Mehment Oz appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to voice his support for adult stem cell research and to argue that “the stem cell debate is dead,” but instead of giving his statement a fair hearing, Oprah’s website buried and edited Oz’s comments. Actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was invited on the show to  talk about his struggle with Parkinson’s and his foundation’s endorsement of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).Fox told Oprah that he believes President Obama’s decision lifting President Bush's restrictions on ESCR was...