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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...
  • 'Embryo Bank' Stirs Ethics Fears (Clients Pick Among Fertilized Eggs)

    01/06/2007 6:04:54 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies · 1,094+ views
    WP ^ | 01/05/07 | Rob Stein
    'Embryo Bank' Stirs Ethics Fears Firm Lets Clients Pick Among Fertilized Eggs By Rob Stein Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, January 6, 2007; A01 A Texas company has started producing batches of ready-made embryos that single women and infertile couples can order after reviewing detailed information about the race, education, appearance, personality and other characteristics of the egg and sperm donors. The Abraham Center of Life LLC of San Antonio, the first commercial dealer making embryos in advance for unspecified recipients, was created to help make it easier and more affordable for clients to have babies that match their preferences,...
  • Cato Experts Comment on Pelosi's "First 100 Hours" Agenda

    01/04/2007 2:09:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1,838+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | January 3, 2007 | Cato Experts
    100 Hours: Honest Leadership and Open Government John Samples, director of Cato's Center for Representative Government and author of The Fallacy Of Campaign Finance Reform: The ethics part of this agenda evokes a limited sense of déjà vu. On their first day in power in 1995, the House Republicans cut House staff, changed budgeting rules, enacted term limits for their leadership, banned proxy voting in committee, opened committee hearings to the public, required a three-fifths vote to increase taxes, started a comprehensive audit of the House, and applied anti-discrimination and workplace safety rules to Congress itself. Later they passed...
  • Ukraine babies in stem cell probe (Healthy babies killed for stem cells?)

    12/13/2006 3:03:27 PM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 17 replies · 968+ views
    BBC.Com ^ | 12/12/2006 | Matthew Hill
    Healthy new-born babies may have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, evidence obtained by the BBC suggests. Disturbing video footage of post-mortem examinations on dismembered tiny bodies raises serious questions about what happened to them. Ukraine has become the self-styled stem cell capital of the world. There is a trade in stem cells from aborted foetuses, amid unproven claims they can help fight many diseases. But now there are claims that stem cells are also being harvested from live babies. The BBC has spoken to mothers from the city of Kharkiv who say...
  • Probe Studies Stem Cell,Tumor Link

    11/25/2006 8:02:35 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies · 579+ views
    Time Warner Cable | Road Runner | WRWB-TV ^ | Published Nov 24, 2006 | by Kate Welshofer
    ROCHESTER NY--Some award-winning local research is shedding light on what causes of brain tumors. Doctors believe they could be linked to so-called “stem cells gone bad”. Dr. Steven Goldman and his team at the University of Rochester Medical Center have worked for years with stem cells. They've been trying to get them to turn on and start regenerating tissue. That's something very important to spinal cord injury patients. In the meantime, Goldman has also focused on finding a way to turn off the cells, especially when they start generating cancers. Targeting stem cells and their offspring, called progenitors, may be...
  • Stem cells fend off lung cancer

    11/11/2006 7:20:07 PM PST · by cryptical · 68 replies · 1,599+ views
    Nature ^ | November 10, 2006 | Charlotte Schubert
    Embryonic stem cells, the controversial and versatile cells that seem able to do just about anything, have now expanded their repertoire into cancer prevention. A vaccine made from these cells shields mice against developing lung cancer under conditions thought to mimic the effects of smoking. Safety concerns about injecting stem cells into humans mean that regulatory agencies are unlikely to approve human tests of the vaccine, says lead researcher John Eaton at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Nevertheless, he thinks the vaccine is worth testing in people at high risk of developing cancer, such as heavy smokers or people...
  • Michael J. Fox is Right About One Thing: Pro-life Movement Must Oppose IVF

    10/30/2006 6:33:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 32 replies · 896+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 10.30.06 | Hilary White
    Michael J. Fox is Right About One Thing: Pro-life Movement Must Oppose IVF However, Fox is wrong about the use of unethical embryonic stem cell research ST. LOUIS, October 30, 2006 ( - Actor and Parkinson's sufferer, Michael J. Fox, has responded to accusations that he either acted his symptoms or that he deliberately went off his medications for an ad supporting Democrat Senatorial candidate Clare McCaskill. In an interview with CBS' Katie Couric, Fox unloads a bombshell on the pro-life movement saying that there has been little opposition to in vitro fertilization which has created the "spare embryos" so...
  • Silver Lining, A reply to Lee Silver.

    10/21/2006 9:39:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 306+ views
    National Review ^ | 10.19.06 | Patrick Lee & Robert P. George
    We thank Professor Silver for his response . On the basis of this exchange, we are confident that readers will be able to judge whether Professor Silver’s claim that human embryos are something other than what we say they are, namely, human beings in the earliest stage of their natural development, can withstand scrutiny in light of the findings of modern embryological science. Are Human Embryos Human Beings? Silver claims that while many people believe that human embryos are human beings, what sets us apart is that we contend that this is a matter of scientific fact, rather than a...
  • Stem cells create tumours, says expert

    10/10/2006 2:38:30 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 33 replies · 1,117+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 October 2006 | Jane Bunce
    EMBRYONIC stem cells turn into tumours when injected into human tissue and therefore cannot be used to treat diseases, a visiting US expert said today. Professor James Sherley, a researcher in the field of adult stem cells, is one of a series of experts in Canberra to lobby MPs ahead of a conscience vote on whether a ban on therapeutic cloning should be overturned. Prof Sherley, from Boston's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today said scientists had failed to reveal problems with embryonic stem cells that would prevent them being used in humans. The unique feature of embryonic stem cells...
  • The First Fourteen Days of Human Life

    09/06/2006 8:10:44 AM PDT · by · 19 replies · 816+ views
    The New Atlantis ^ | Number 13, Summer 2006, pp. 61-67. | Patrick Lee and Robert P. George
    n the debate about the moral standing of human embryos, some defenders of embryo-destructive research have claimed that human embryos are not human beings until implantation (i.e., when the embryo attaches to the uterus, approximately six days after fertilization), and others have claimed that they are not human beings until gastrulation (i.e., when the possibility of twinning no longer exists and the primitive neural streak first appears, approximately 14 days after fertilization). These claims have been repeated by policymakers, scientists, and bioethicists alike, yet they fly in the face of the embryological evidence. Seeing why will put the embryo research...
  • Acorns and Embryos

    09/06/2006 8:25:18 AM PDT · by · 15 replies · 643+ views
    The New Atlantis ^ | Number 7, Fall 2004/Winter 2005, pp. 90-100. | Robert P. George and Patrick Lee
    Acorns and EmbryosRobert P. George and Patrick Leehe prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently invited two members of the President’s Council on Bioethics to reflect on the ethics of using embryonic stem cells in biomedical research. Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, explained his opposition to the destruction of human embryos created by the union of gametes, but sought to distinguish such embryos from what he dubbed “clonotes”: that is, embryos brought into being by cloning (a process known technically as “somatic cell nuclear transfer” or SCNT). He argued that human “clonotes” are not...
  • European Bishops Criticise Minister Mussi On Stem Cells

    06/01/2006 7:25:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 149+ views
    AGI ^ | 06.01.06
    - Vatican City, Jun 1 - It is not just the Italian Church which is concerned about Italy's decision to drop its ethical reserve on the issue of tests involving embryonic stem cells that was previously shared with the EU. Now, minister Fabio Mussi is being criticised also by the whole European Episcopate. "We reiterate" an official statement of Comece (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Communities) reads "that we are against a EU-subsidized research implying the destruction of human embryos". Taking stance in the ongoing debate on the definition of the seventh framework programme on research, "...
  • Couples Cull Embryos to Halt Heritage of Cancer

    09/03/2006 1:55:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 459 replies · 6,475+ views
    NY Times ^ | 09.03.06 | AMY HARMON
    As Chad Kingsbury watches his daughter playing in the sandbox behind their suburban Chicago house, the thought that has flashed through his mind a million times in her two years of life comes again: Chloe will never be sick. Not, at least, with the inherited form of colon cancer that has devastated his family, killing his mother, her father and her two brothers, and that he too may face because of a genetic mutation that makes him unusually susceptible. By subjecting Chloe to a genetic test when she was an eight-cell embryo in a petri dish, Mr. Kingsbury and his...
  • Mitt Romney Warns of 'Orwellian' Stem Cell Research

    08/31/2006 4:59:03 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 330+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1 September 2006
    Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, said Thursday his administration's new restrictions on stem cell research are aimed at heading off an "Orwellian" future. The state's Department of Public Health this week issued regulations banning the creation of embryos for research purposes. Scientists say stem cell research could lead to breakthroughs in treatments for diseases including cancer. But the issue has become ethically and politically volatile because extracting the cells entails destruction of an embryo. "I believe it crosses a very bright moral line to take sperm and eggs in the laboratory and start creating human life,"...
  • Adopting surplus embryos from their frozen limbo

    10/27/2004 9:38:56 PM PDT · by curiosity · 22 replies · 625+ views
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/19/2000 | Ann Carey
    Pro-life groups have staged "rescues" at abortion clinics over the years in an effort to save unborn children. Now, a new movement is underway to "rescue" the thousands of human embryos created through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and placed in frozen storage indefinitely.This movement carries different names in various parts of the country, but the objective is the same: to transfer frozen human embryos into the wombs of "adoptive" mothers who will give birth. Since the Catholic Church teaches that in-vitro fertilization is immoral, the whole idea of such human-embryo "adoption" has stirred spirited debate among moralists and bioethicists.The Vatican, meanwhile,...
  • US leads world in funding for embryo research

    06/30/2005 9:33:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 240+ views
    Washington, DC, Jun. 29 (Culture of Life Foundation/ - One of the arguments used by American proponents of embryo-destructive research is that there is a great brain-finance drain from the US to other countries as a result of federal limits on the morally controversial theory. But a recent special report from Britain's Financial Times makes it clear that the US is far ahead of most of the world in the number of embryonic stem cell lines that are available for research and in the number of dollars dedicated to embryo-destructive research. "The Future of Stem Cells," a 35-page special report...
  • Vatican rejects 'ethical' stem cell breakthrough

    08/27/2006 6:29:03 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 28 replies · 706+ views
    The Catholic Church has rejected claims a new technique to create stem cells does not harm embryos, pouring cold water on hopes by many scientists of ending ethical uproar over their research. A US company says it has developed a way to create the stem cells without harming the original embryo, which the Vatican holds is a fully-fledged human life. The breakthrough technique was meant to answer critics at the papal palace, the White House and beyond, who have long argued that it was ethically reproachable to attempt to save one life by taking another. The head of the Vatican's...
  • New Method For Obtaining Embryonic Stem Cells Without Killing The Embryo

    08/25/2006 3:36:05 PM PDT · by theothercheek · 201+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | August 24, 2006 | The Stiletto
    Biology 101: Sperm and egg meet. New life forms. At least, that was the scientific consensus before Roe v. Wade. After, sperm and egg meet. Clump of cells form. Scientifically wrong, but politically correct. For The Stiletto and others who insist upon the standard definition of when life begins, extracting stem cells from embryos – killing them as a result – is morally reprehensible. For those who believe that life begins only when the mother is 100% sure she does not want an abortion – extracting stem cells from embryos is morally correct, because there is a chance that the...
  • Stem cell 'breakthrough' challenges ban

    08/23/2006 1:49:08 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 53 replies · 1,156+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 24 August 2006 | Maggie Fox
    A UNITED STATES company said overnight that it had developed a way to make human embryonic stem cells without harming the original embryo, a finding it said could dispel ethical objections to promising medical research using such cells. "It is possible to generate stem cells without destroying the embryo and without destroying its potential for life," said Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientist at Advanced Cell Technology in Massachusetts. US President George W. Bush last month vetoed an expansion of federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, saying that US taxpayers who object to such research should not have to pay for...
  • MP warns of 'Frankenstein' stem cells

    08/15/2006 5:59:28 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 12 replies · 411+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16 August 2006
    LIBERAL backbencher Alby Schultz has warned against the freeing-up of stem cell research laws, saying it could lead to the practice of "Frankenstein science" in Australia. Prime Minister John Howard has signalled he will allow MPs a conscience vote that could overturn a Cabinet ban on therapeutic cloning. But Mr Schultz, who lost an eye several years ago in a domestic accident, said he would not back the vote - even on the chance that the research might give him a new eye. "It's the precursor, in my opinion, if the vote goes through to embryonic cloning and I have...
  • FReep this poll: Ebryonic stem cell research

    08/15/2006 5:46:22 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 332+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16 August 2006
    Do you agree with the use of embryonic stem cells?
  • Theology or embryology? (Making Sense Out of Bioethics)

    07/02/2006 11:34:59 AM PDT · by · 4 replies · 274+ views
    Home Theology or embryology?    REV. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK Embryonic stem cell researchers typically marshal several arguments to encourage public approval and funding for their research, which requires the direct destruction of five to seven day old human embryos. A life lesson from Mr. Rogers One argument runs like this: "Well, that's your feeling about embryos, your narrow religious viewpoint, and you shouldn't impose that on me. Your sentiments about embryos are different than mine, and we're all entitled to our own sentiments and opinions." Pervasive argument This pervasive argument has embedded itself in the modern American mind to a...
  • Jill Stanek: Fetus farming shot to hell – where it belongs

    07/26/2006 3:55:47 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 760+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/26/06 | Jill Stanek
    Last week, the same day President Bush vetoed a bill that would have forced taxpayers to further subsidize embryonic stem-cell experimentation, he signed the Fetus Farming Prohibition Act of 2006. The former got lots of negative press; the latter caused barely a stir. The latter bode poorly for embryonic stem-cell research's public image. Better to ignore. At any rate, a ban on fetus farming wasn't controversial, passing unanimously in both the Senate and House. Fetus farming seems far-fetched. But ratifying FFPA scythed a huge swath through plans of embryonic stem-cell harvesters – laudable quick work by pro-life academics and...
  • What's eating John McCain?

    07/23/2006 7:45:57 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 90 replies · 1,838+ views ^ | 24 July 2006 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    The vice president usually has an edge going into the primaries because he's close enough to the president to associate himself with the high office, and just far enough away to distance himself from the responsibility for unpopular presidential decisions. But in the absence of a Cheney charge at the White House, a VPOTUS-like candidate has emerged. I don't know if running as the VPOTUS-like candidate will work for John McCain, but it has its advantages. McCain's character has something particularly important to offer in a time of war: continuity. Speaking at the conservative Manhattan Institute (a very unofficial addition...
  • Does life begin in a Petri dish or a mother's womb?

    07/23/2006 1:16:39 PM PDT · by Coleus · 24 replies · 533+ views
    Renew America ^ | 07.21.06 | Mary Mostert
    In the often angry debate that accompanied the Congressional debate on embryonic stem cell research, Sen. Orrin Hatch, who voted in favor of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research, made a very significant observation that has been generally ignored by the media after the House passed the stem cell research bill.  The bill, H.R. 810, he noted, "compels us to confront fundamental questions: When does human life begin? How do we promote groundbreaking science while preserving our core values?" The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 63 to 37, three votes short of enough to override the...
  • New Vatican Document on human embryos forthcoming?

    07/11/2006 12:20:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 279+ views
    American Papist ^ | July 11, 2006
    Via Amy, "Here is a translation of an Italian news agency report about an item from the newspaper La Repubblica, posted today in the main forum by Ratzi-lella"...: According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, “Pope Benedict is preparing a document on bioethics, biogenetics and in particular, on the protection of the embryo." The Pope wishes to prevent any manipulation of the human embryo on the ground that whatever is ‘technically possible’ in this area is ‘morally unacceptable.’ The Pope has reportedly asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to study the issue in depth, and the...
  • Michael Kinsley's True Dilemma of Embryonic Stem Research

    07/22/2006 10:54:09 AM PDT · by Quiet Man Jr. · 9 replies · 519+ views ^ | July 14, 2006 | Nathanel Blake
    He is, however, correct in noting that "that if embryos are human beings with full human rights, fertility clinics are death camps -- with a side order of cold-blooded eugenics. No one who truly believes in the humanity of embryos could possibly think otherwise." This, of course, leads into the question of what human lives should be protected. The embryos destroyed for stem cell research or IVF are living members of the human species. Mr. Kinsley doesn't deny this, but rather than parsing the logic of which human beings are not worthy of human rights, he makes emotional appeals, writing...
  • Great news! Embryonic stem cells unnecessary!

    07/22/2006 12:43:22 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 590+ views ^ | Saturday, July 22, 2006 | Pat Boone
    A couple of months ago, I was in downtown Los Angeles, at the courthouse, doing my jury duty for several days. There are always breaks and lulls, during which time hundreds of participants can and do talk and get to know each other. I actually enjoyed it. During one of those breaks, I was electrified by a conversation with an L.A. scientist/engineer/businessman named John Wong. Somehow the subject of embryonic stem-cell research came up, and I expressed my deep concerns about the eventual creation of nascent embryos and then the use of them in laboratory experiments. The state of California...
  • If Embryos are Human then Fertility Clinics are Death Camps: Pro-abortion Columnist

    07/21/2006 2:32:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 424 replies · 4,067+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/21/06 | John Jalsevac
    TORONTO, ON, July 21, 2006 ( – A pro-abortion columnist writing for the National Post has followed the logic of pro-life arguments about the evils of embryonic stem cell research and concluded that, if true, then artificial reproduction techniques must also be considered murderous on the scale of genocide. “In short, if embryos are human beings with full human rights, fertility clinics are death camps—with a side order of cold-blooded eugenics,” writes Kinsley in an article entitled Where’s the Logic? “No one who truly believes in the humanity of embryos could possibly think otherwise.” Kinsley explains that in vitro clinics,...
  • House fails to override stem cell veto (Embryonic)

    07/19/2006 4:35:23 PM PDT · by TheDon · 34 replies · 749+ views
    AP ^ | July 19, 2006
    The House failed Wednesday to override President Bush's veto of a bill to lift his restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. That means the veto stands, killing the measure. ...............
  • Pence Sends Clear Message on Stem-Cell Research

    07/19/2006 2:51:48 PM PDT · by theworkersarefew · 17 replies · 363+ views
    Human Events ^ | Robert Bluey
    Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) should be commended for speaking articulately about the problems with federally funded stem-cell research. Pence, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, has been one of the few lawmakers able to simplify the issue. Take, for instance, Pence's most recent statement. He makes the point that President Bush should stress when he vetoes the bill: Taxpayers who morally disagree with the destruction of human embryos shouldn't have their taxes used for federally funded research. "President Ronald Reagan famously said, 'we cannot diminish the value of one category of human life -- the unborn -- without diminishing...