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  • Company Kills Couple's "Leftover" Embryos for Personalized Stem Cell Cures

    08/14/2007 3:57:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 572+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/14/07 | Steven Ertelt
    San Francisco, CA ( -- A California company is generating controversy for a new plan to work with fertility clinics that has it killing a couple's "leftover" human embryos for "personalized" stem cell cures. The plan is drawing criticism from an unlikely source -- embryonic stem cell research backers who say it is misleading clients. StemLifeLine has entered new partnership agreements with three fertility clinics in Colorado, Nevada and Idaho. According to a press release obtained, StemLifeLine "will now offer individuals who have undergone in vitro fertilization the opportunity to use StemLifeLine’s service to develop personal stem cell lines...
  • Is Heaven Populated Chiefly by the Souls of Embryos?

    08/04/2005 7:52:09 PM PDT · by aposiopetic · 274 replies · 5,880+ views
    Reason Online ^ | December 22, 2004 | Ronald Bailey
    Harvesting stem cells without tears What are we to think about the fact that Nature (and for believers, Nature's God) profligately creates and destroys human embryos? John Opitz, a professor of pediatrics, human genetics, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah, testified before the President's Council on Bioethics that between 60 and 80 percent of all naturally conceived embryos are simply flushed out in women's normal menstrual flows unnoticed. This is not miscarriage we're talking about. The women and their husbands or partners never even know that conception has taken place; the embryos disappear from their wombs in...
  • I don't believe the numbers (Frozen Embryo adoption)

    07/06/2007 4:06:36 AM PDT · by don-o · 5 replies · 384+ views
    Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Duke universities recently surveyed 1,000 couples who have created live offspring -- embryos -- now held in a kind of frozen suspended animation at nine U.S. infertility centers. Nearly half of the parents reportedly would give away their embryos to labs for use as general experimental material; up to 60% would hand them over specifically for stem-cell research in the course of which their embryos would be killed, according to the survey. Only a little more than 20% of the donor parents, according to this survey, reported in the journal Science, said they would allow...
  • Scientists: Stem Cells Created From Eggs

    06/28/2007 6:47:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 497+ views ^ | Jun 28, 2007 | MALCOLM RITTER
    Associated Press Embryonic Stem Cells Created From Unfertilized Eggs, Not Embryos, Scientists Report Scientists say they've created embryonic stem cells by stimulating unfertilized eggs, a significant step toward producing transplant tissue that's genetically matched to women. The advance suggests that someday, a woman who wants a transplant to treat a condition like diabetes or a spinal cord injury could provide eggs to a lab, which in turn could create tissue that her body wouldn't reject. Ethicists disagreed on whether the strategy would avoid the long-standing ethical objections to creating embryonic stem cells by other means. Such cells can develop into...
  • Debating the Embryo's Fate

    06/29/2007 9:42:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 394+ views
    CERC ^ | June 2007 | Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    The debate over embryonic stem cell research continues to escalate in our country, and remains a topic of significant public interest. Because of this growing public interest, I am often invited to participate in public debates on stem cell research and cloning. My sparring partners are usually other scientists, politicians, or public policy experts. The debates are typically held at universities or colleges, and audiences generally have the opportunity to ask questions of both sides afterwards.  Having participated in a number of these debates over the past few years, I've been surprised by how often certain arguments are trotted out...
  • Chimera embryos have right to life, say bishops (Part animal part human children)

    06/26/2007 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Bladerunnuh · 13 replies · 754+ views
    Telegraph, UK ^ | 6-26-07 | Jonathan Petre
    But the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, in a submission to the Parliamentary joint committee scrutinising the draft legislation, said that the genetic mothers of “chimeras” should be able to raise them as their own children if they wished. The bishops said that they did not see why these “interspecies” embryos should be treated any differently than others. The wide-ranging draft Human Tissue and Embryo Bill, which aims to overhaul the laws on fertility treatment, will include
  • Hillary Clinton Would Make Taxpayers Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    06/20/2007 8:09:22 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 13 replies · 569+ views ^ | June 20, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Should Hillary Clinton become president after next year's elections, she promises to make taxpayers fund new embryonic stem cell research that requires the destruction of human life. Currently the only way to obtain embryonic stem cells is to kill days-old unborn children. Clinton made the promise in remarks just before President Bush vetoed the latest Congressional bill overturning his policy preventing embryonic stem cell research funding. 'So let me be very clear: When I am president, I will lift the ban on stem cell research," Clinton told a political conference in Washington this morning. “This is...
  • Is therapeutic cloning obsolete?

    06/16/2007 9:09:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 209+ views
    MERCATOR.NET ^ | Saturday, 16 June 2007 | Michael Cook
    HOMEARCHIVEBACKGROUNDERSQUICK PICKSABOUT USCONTACT US Comment (2) | Email | Michael Cook | Saturday, 16 June 2007 Is therapeutic cloning obsolete? After years of urging the public and governments to support the destruction of embryos, scientists may have led them up a blind alley. Next week the international grandees of therapeutic cloning gather in Cairns, Australia, the sun-soaked gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, for their annual conference. They have serious strategic issues to deal with along with their scientific papers and posters: persuading governments to open their wallets, ensuring that the Bush Administrations restrictions on their work are lifted,...
  • Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    06/14/2007 9:53:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 133+ views ^ | June 13,2007 | plb
    Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research NJ plans a referendum to milk voters of $450 million for embryonic stem cell research:Assemblyman Neil Cohen told The Associated Press that the plan, if approved, would make New Jersey a global leader in stem cell research, hailed by scientists as key to therapies that could help people who are paralyzed or have illnesses ranging from diabetes to Parkinson's disease. It appears he didn't mention that adult stem cell researchers are well on their way to developing treatments for diabetes (more here and here) and Parkinson's disease (more here and here). Help me understand. Why...
  • Stem cell option in the flesh

    06/09/2007 7:40:45 AM PDT · by gpapa · 4 replies · 436+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 9, 2007 | Linda Chavez
    Finally, some good news: A front-page story that not only brings hope on an important and contentious issue, but may even find Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, religious believers and non-believers cheering with equal enthusiasm. Scientists in Japan and the United States have now found a way to reprogram skin cells back to an embryonic state.
  • I Discuss the Texas Frozen Embryo Case on the Nationally-Syndicated Mike McConnell Show

    06/07/2007 10:45:05 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 8 replies · 482+ views ^ | 6-7-07 | Glenn Sacks
    Glenn Sacks Discusses the Texas Frozen Embryo Case on the Nationally-Syndicated Mike McConnell Show (Audio Available) Fathers' rights advocate Glenn Sacks discussed the controversial Texas frozen embryo case on the nationally-syndicated Mike McConnell Show yesterday. The case involves Augusta Roman and her ex-husband Randy Roman, who during their marriage tried for several years to have a child (and had one miscarriage) before undergoing infertility treatments. The day before the embryos were to be implanted, Randy told her that he was troubled by certain aspects of their relationship and wanted to wait to implant the embryos until they had resolved their...
  • House Defeats Fake Human Cloning Ban Allowing it For Research

    06/06/2007 7:18:10 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 275+ views ^ | June 6, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- The House of Representatives defeated a human cloning bill Wednesday that claimed to prohibit the grisly practice but would have allowed scientists to create and destroy human embryos for research. The 213-204 vote comes just one day before the House will consider a measure on embryonic stem cell research.Backers of the phony ban needed a two-thirds vote ot move the bill forward but they were unable to even get a majority vote for their measure. Rep. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat and co-sponsor of the measure, claimed the debate was only about reproductive human cloning. "With...
  • Congressional Battle on Taxpayer Funding of Abortions Expected This Month

    06/05/2007 9:25:03 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 289+ views ^ | June 5, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Congress will be battling this week on a bill to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research but this month members of the House will also likely do battle on various provisions that stop taxpayer-funded abortions both in the United States and abroad. Every year as Congress debates the spending bills for the various parts of the federal government, they normally attach provisions to them to stop tax-funded abortions. The provisions target everything from abortions done on American military base hospitals or in the District of Columbia to making sure the State Department isn't financing...
  • New Hampshire Senator Sununu Attacked in Ads on Stem Cell Research

    05/25/2007 10:03:08 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 554+ views ^ | May 25, 2007 | by Steven Ertelt
    Concord, NH ( -- Advocates of embryonic stem cell research are going after pro-life Sen. John Sununu, a New Hampshire Republican who voted against a bill in the Senate in April that would have forced taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research. They're hoping to change the minds of a handful of lawmakers to get a veto-proof vote. The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 63 to 34, which was short of the two-thirds necessary to override President Bush's promised veto of the bill.Three senators who supported the bill were not present for the vote, including South Dakota...
  • California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Stem Cell Research Agency

    05/17/2007 8:42:47 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 487+ views
    LifeNews ^ | May 17, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Sacramento, CA ( -- The California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by pro-life and taxpayers groups saying that the state's stem cell research agency is running afoul of oversight and accountability laws. The decision allows the agency to move forward with billions in grants for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. The state's high court decided against reviewing a state appeals court ruling from February that upheld the legality of the state's multibillion dollar embryonic stem cell research program The appeals court had said the statewide ballot proposal and committee it created were legal despite a lawsuit saying...
  • UK to allow hybrid human-animal embryos

    05/17/2007 7:58:14 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 49 replies · 924+ views ^ | 5/17/2007 | Tim Castle
    THE way was cleared today for scientists to conduct experiments using hybrid animal-human embryos after the UK Government bowed to a storm of protest from researchers who said a proposed ban could hurt British science. The Department of Health said it would accept a recommendation from the Commons Science and Technology Committee that inter-species embryos could be created for research. Scientists want to use the hybrid embryos to find cures for illnesses such as Parkinson's, stroke and Alzheimer's. In December, the Government had proposed a ban on creating the hybrid embryos, due to what it called "considerable public unease," with...
  • First designer babies to beat breast cancer (couples allowed to select screened embryos)

    04/25/2007 11:44:25 PM PDT · by Stoat · 21 replies · 674+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | April 26, 2007 | Mark Henderson
    April 26, 2007     First designer babies to beat breast cancer   Mark Henderson, Science Editor   Two couples whose families have been ravaged by breast cancer are to become the first to screen embryos to prevent them having children at risk of the disease, The Times has learnt. Tests will allow the couples to take the unprecedented step of selecting embryos free from a gene that carries a heightened risk of the cancer but does not always cause it. The move will reignite controversy over the ethics of embryo screening. An application to test for the BRCA1...
  • Bush vows to veto stem cell Bill

    04/11/2007 7:54:10 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 34 replies · 926+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12 April 2007
    US President George W. Bush vowed today to veto legislation to lift his restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research after the Senate passed a bill to remove the limits. "This Bill crosses a moral line that I and many others find troubling," Mr Bush said. "If it advances all the way through Congress to my desk, I will veto it." The Senate voted 63-34 in favour of a Bill lifting a restriction on using federal funds for stem cell research on human embryos, but the tally was short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. The House...
  • It's The End Of The Line (woman loses 5 year legal battle to become mother using her own embryos)

    04/10/2007 1:08:12 PM PDT · by bedolido · 20 replies · 1,107+ views
    Skynews ^ | 4-10-2007 | staff writer
    A woman left infertile after cancer treatment says she feels "distraught" after losing a five-year legal battle to try to become a mother using her own embryos. Natallie Evans had mounted a "last chance" appeal to keep the six frozen embryos, which were fertilised by her ex-partner. But the European Court of Human Rights ruled that her rights to become a mother did not outweigh the rights of her ex-boyfriend, Howard Johnston, not to become the father of her children. Ms Evans, 35, from Melksham, Wiltshire, and Mr Johnston, 30, from Cheltenham, embarked on IVF in 2001 after she was...
  • Two N.J. Women Sue NYC Reproduction Lab Over Lost Embryos

    03/05/2007 8:25:52 PM PST · by Calpernia · 19 replies · 629+ views
    1010wins ^ | Monday, 05 March 2007
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Two women have sued a reproductive bank for $3 million, claiming the frozen storage facility lost their embryos. Cathy L. Berger and Adriana Pacheco of Hoboken, N.J., said in court papers they gave Repro Lab Inc. six embryos to store in September 2003. The pair said they had signed a contract to store the tissues there. The couple tried to collect the frozen embryos, created with eggs from Pacheco, in March 2006 after Berger began medical preparation for implantation, according to court papers. But the Manhattan-based Repro told the couple: "The aforesaid embryos were missing, could...