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  • Vatican fires off warning to Barack Obama over stem cell research

    11/12/2008 2:11:08 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies · 1,279+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | November 11, 2008 | Richard Owen
    The Vatican has fired a warning shot over the bows of Barack Obama in response to the President-elect's intention to lift the US ban on embryonic stem cell research. Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who acts as the Vatican health minister, said that stem cells taken from human embryos and involving the destruction of the embryos "serve no purpose". Asked whether the Vatican was concerned about reports that Mr Obama might reverse the Bush Administration's ban, the cardinal said that embryonic stem cell research had not resulted in any significant health cure so far and was "good for nothing"....
  • Bishop (Martino) takes stand on faith at forum (no longer supports Dem party!)

    10/22/2008 8:00:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 1,284+ views
    Standard Speaker ^ | October 22, 2008 | LAURA LEGERE
    Local and national Catholics reacted Tuesday to statements by Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino apparently discounting teachings of the national body of bishops during a political forum at a Honesdale Roman Catholic Church this weekend. Martino arrived unannounced in the midst of a panel discussion on faith issues and the presidential campaign at St. John’s Catholic Church on Sunday. According to people who attended the event, the bishop chastised the group for holding the forum and particularly took issue with the discussion and distribution of excerpts from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ position on voting issues. The...
  • Understanding the Stem Cell Debate

    07/10/2008 6:08:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 117+ views
    icr ^ | Brian Thomas
    In the ongoing debate about stem cell research, few people differentiate between adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Also, few know that there are over 70 successful treatments from adult stem cells and none from embryonic.1What has many up in arms is that the production of embryonic stem cells endangers the life of a very small, but distinctly human, person. Once a human egg has been fertilized, a new cell results, called a zygote. This single cell contains all the instructions required to mature and develop a full-term baby and is therefore rightly considered an immature person. The...
  • More Scientists Consider Embryo-Free Stem Cells

    06/29/2008 7:27:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 97+ views
    cns news ^ | 06.11.08 | Patrick Goodenough
    Some of Australia's leading bio-scientists are taking a closer look at a new, ethically acceptable stem cell research route that avoids the use of human embryos in the search for possible cures for degenerative diseases. While not yet convinced that the "exciting" new method is as promising as using embryonic stem cells, they are studying the relative merits of the two approaches. A major research breakthrough announced in Japan and the U.S. last November revealed that human "adult" skin cells can be reprogrammed into a new kind of cell -- an induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell -- that shares an...
  • Pro-Life Dem Lawmaker Blasts Embryonic Stem Cell Research Plan

    06/29/2008 6:20:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 165+ views
    national review ^ | 06.14.08 | Jack Fowler
    New York is set to spend $600 million in taxpayer dollars on stem cell research. A recently released draft plan drooling over the potential of embryonic cells to cure a variety of diseases has drawn this blast from Rev. Ruben Diaz, the state senate's sole pro-life Democrat: June 13, 2008Judy Doesschate, J.D.Director of Board OperationsWadsworth CenterNew York State Department of HealthEmpire State Plaza, Box 509Albany, NY 12208-0509Dear Ms. Doesschate:This letter is to express my response to the Empire State Stem Cell Boards strategic framework that will guide New York States $600 Million, 11-year investment in stem cell research. The...
  • Once an Embryo(U. S. Bishops Issue Statement on Embryonic Stem Cell Research)

    06/23/2008 5:25:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies · 169+ views
    CatholicExchange from Priests for Life ^ | 06-23-08 | Father Frank Pavone
    Once an Embryo June 23rd, 2008 by Fr. Frank Pavone The US bishops have issued a very clear statement on embryonic stem cell research. It does not dwell upon the scientific nuances of the issue, but rather assists the reader to focus on the moral issues involved. The statement is not marked by condemnation, but rather by explanation. It is not a rejection of research or of those who stand to benefit from research, but rather a call to pursue the well being of those very individuals by preserving the moral standards that protect their dignity and that of the...
  • Once an Embryo

    06/28/2008 8:46:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 107+ views
    catholic exchange ^ | 06.23.08 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    The US bishops have issued a very clear statement on embryonic stem cell research. It does not dwell upon the scientific nuances of the issue, but rather assists the reader to focus on the moral issues involved. The statement is not marked by condemnation, but rather by explanation. It is not a rejection of research or of those who stand to benefit from research, but rather a call to pursue the well being of those very individuals by preserving the moral standards that protect their dignity and that of the rest of us. The statement reminds us that there is...
  • How America came to accept using human embryos for research

    06/28/2008 8:41:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 192+ views
    Men of Ten ^ | 06.17.08
    How America came to accept using human embryos for research In the ten years since Dr. James Thomson at the University of Madison first procured human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), support for the prospect of using human embryos and fetuses for research purposes has gradually seeped into the American mindset to the point at which it is now broadly tolerated, if not openly endorsed, especially in the political arena, in academia, and certainly within the scientific community. [1] As we continue to advance as a nation into the age of developmental biology there is reason to fear that Americans are...
  • Another Stem Cell Disinformation Alert

    06/27/2008 8:39:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 102+ views ^ | 06.26.08
    The promoters of embryonic stem cell enterprises continue to tout soon to come breakthroughs accompanied by supine media coverage and inaccurate statements by the scientists who twist and distort scientific definitions to win a political debate. Such spin in the name of science, actually corrupts science. Latest example: Another company is claiming that next year it will start human ESC trials. From a column by Orange County Register biomedical innovation columnist Colin Stewart, who has apparently drunk the Kool-Aid. First there is his cruelly hyped headline: ALS patients could get help from stem cells next year: From his column:...
  • Embryo Research May Never Produce Cures: Head of UK Stem Cell Network

    04/11/2008 9:44:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 130+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 11, 2008 | Hilary White
    Lord Patel of Dunkeld, chairman of the UK National Stem Cell Network and chancellor of Dundee University, told the Scotsman earlier this week that research involving stem cells would likely lead to therapies, but that ultimately such treatments could prove too risky for human use. He also said it could be five to ten years before viable stem cell treatments were available. But even then, he observed, "We have to be cautious. It may not deliver therapy for anything. We may find that stem therapy is quite a risky business." In terms of the efficacy of stem cell cures, Lord...
  • CA: Scientists predict a new era for stem cells after presidential election

    03/19/2008 7:25:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 509+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/19/08 | Lisa Krieger
    Hundreds of embryonic stem-cell lines that provide hope for treating devastating disorders such as sickle cell anemia and Down syndrome are available for research but are off-limits to federal scientists because of White House restrictions, scientists said Wednesday. The three presidential candidates - Republican John McCain and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - all support expanded federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. Their actions would lift a restriction imposed by President Bush in 2001 that limits federally funded research to fewer than two dozen embryonic stem cell lines. --snip-- Wednesday's first-ever conference of the Global Forum of...
  • China Offers Unproven Medical Treatments

    01/05/2008 12:12:07 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 115+ views
    The Associated Press / Google News ^ | January 5, 2007 | By Christopher Bodeen and Alan Scher Zagier
    (BEIJING) They're paralyzed from diving accidents and car crashes, disabled by Parkinson's, or blind. With few options available at home in America, they search the Internet for experimental treatments and often land on Web sites promoting stem cell treatments in China. They mortgage their houses and their hometowns hold fundraisers as they scrape together the tens of thousands of dollars needed for travel and the hope for a miracle cure. A number of these medical tourists claim some success when they return home: Jim Savage, a Houston man with paralysis from a spinal cord injury, says he can...
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Alternative Researcher Doesn't Like Destroying Life

    12/13/2007 8:51:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 210+ views
    Life News ^ | December 11, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Kyoto, Japan ( -- Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University made international headlines recently when he devised a new process that allows for the creation of embryonic stem cells without the destruction of human life. Now, Yamanaka says he was prompted to search for ethical alternatives by his own conscience. Invited by a friend to take a look at a human embryo -- a unique human being -- under a microscope, Dr. Yamanaka had a moral spark that changed his career. When I saw the embryo, I suddenly realized there was such a small difference between it and my...
  • Reprogrammed Skin Cells Strut Their Stuff

    12/06/2007 7:37:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 755+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 6 December 2007 | Gretchen Vogel
    Corrected. Blood from mice treated with iPS cells (above) does not show the sickle-shaped cells present in untreated mice (top).Credit: J. Hanna et al., Science Skin cells reprogrammed to act like embryonic stem cells--a breakthrough first reported in human cells 2 weeks ago--are already showing promise as a therapeutic agent. In today's online edition of Science, researchers describe using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to alleviate symptoms of sickle cell anemia in mice. The technique is not yet safe to try in people, but scientists say it is proof of principle that iPS cells could someday treat human disease. Induced...
  • Brave New Future - Working together with stem cells.

    11/23/2007 11:53:35 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 183+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2007 | An NRO Symposium
    November 21, 2007, 1:40 a.m. Brave New FutureWorking together with stem cells. An NRO Symposium On Tuesday, two scientific journals announced news of a breakthrough that could put an end to our dead-end political debates about stem-cell research. In response to the news, National Review Online asked a group of experts: How big is Tuesday’s new somatic-cell reprogramming news? Where does the stem-cell/cloning debate go from here? How should politics respond? Here’s what they had to say. William HurlbutThe news represents very hopeful progress toward a complete resolution to the stem-cell impasse. I think the president deserves a lot...
  • Laying it all out(Romneybots,Rudybots,Huckabots, Fredheads and McCainiacs-Convince me)

    11/20/2007 10:25:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 551+ views
    RedState ^ | November 20, 2007 | Hooah Mac
    I believe I represent the average Republican voter, or at least a significant slice of the R base. My positions - in no particular order - are as follows: Immigration - Amnesty is a deal breaker. If they are here illegally and we come into contact with them, send them home. Iraq - We were winning, we are winning, and we will win. The various pitfalls and difficulties that we have had do not equal defeat. We need a President to stand firm, and to fire all the traitors(I am not using this word lightly) in the State Department and...
  • New Jersey Voters Defeat Stem Cell Measure

    11/07/2007 1:25:23 PM PST · by Baladas · 7 replies · 85+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 7, 2007 | DAVID W. CHEN
    TRENTON, Nov. 6 In a stunning defeat for Gov. Jon S. Corzine, New Jersey voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have permitted the state to borrow $450 million for stem cell research. The sound defeat, coupled with the failure of another initiative that would have set aside more money for property tax rebates, marked the first time in 17 years that voters in New Jersey had defeated any statewide ballot question. The ballot questions offered a rare surprise on a day in which Democrats maintained their control over both houses in the State Legislature. As of...
  • November 6 -- Vote NO on taxpayer funded embryonic stem cell research in NJ

    10/25/2007 6:15:24 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 16 replies · 72+ views
    On November 6, the taxpayers of New Jersey will again be asked to pony up--this time $450 million to fund every abortionists' favorite white elephant, Embryonic Stem Cell research. As most FReepers already know, Embryonic Stem Cell research involves the willful creation and destruction of viable human embryos for therapeutic techniques that, to date, have resulted in NO cures. And of course, the NJ bill does not fund Adult or Cord Stem Cell research, a much more promising and less ethically troubling experimental treatment modality which to date has yielded 73 successful therapeutic uses. Here in NJ, we're working to...
  • Catholic group to campaign for study of adult stem cells

    10/01/2007 8:11:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 102+ views
    Detroit Free Press | September 30, 2007 | DAWSON BELL
    Catholic group to campaign for study of adult stem cells
  • Nurse: LDS beliefs open door to stem-cell research

    08/12/2007 5:15:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 324 replies · 1,319+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 08.10.07 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    For most religious people, the use of stem cells hinges on a philosophical question: When does a cell become human? The answer often is - at the moment of conception, when egg and sperm meet. Mormons, however, have a slightly different understanding of the connection between bodies and souls that could open the door for stem-cell research without compromising their ethics, said Rick Jepson on Thursday at the annual Sunstone Symposium, an independent forum for Mormon thought that continues today at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Jepson, an LDS registered nurse who works with kidney patients, began...
  • Knights of Columbus Reaffirms Opposition to Abortion, Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    08/09/2007 7:13:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 425+ views
    Resolution calls for laws to protect rights of conscience for medical personnel.Delegates to the 125th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus Thursday, Aug. 9, unanimously adopted a resolution on Building a Culture of Life reaffirming its deep commitment to oppose any governmental action or policy that promotes abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, euthanasia, assisted suicide and other offenses against life.The resolution, adopted during the final session of the convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, also called for the adoption of laws that recognize and protect in law the right of conscience for doctors, nurses,...
  • Missouri is Ground Zero for Stem-Cell Research

    07/28/2007 5:17:22 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 9 replies · 297+ views ^ | 7-26-2007 | Jennifer Mesko
    Missouri is Ground Zero for Stem-Cell Research by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor Pro-cloning efforts could be stalled in the state. Last year, Missourians narrowly voted to amend the state constitution to give researchers a blank check using taxpayer dollars to conduct destructive embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning experiments. "The deceptively worded amendment was designed to trick Missourians into enshrining a right to human cloning often called somatic cell nuclear transfer into the state constitution," said Dawn Vargo, associate bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action.Now media reports claim the movement has stalled. Stowers Institute...
  • Fake photos used in embryonic stem cell research

    08/03/2007 5:49:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 227+ views
    wordpress ^ | 07.29.07
    As I write this, this is breaking news. A study that appeared to have important implications for embryonic stem cell research was retracted from the journal Science after scientists found that photos in it had been faked. The headline in Live Mint reads: Photos found to be fake, Science retracts embryonic cell study. Not only is this shameful for any scientist, but in this case, it turns out that he is an Indian. This is not yet reported by Reuters, AP, or any other news agency.Live Mint requires a (free) registration, so Im reproducing (edited)content here: A probe by...
  • 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...
  • Scientists Hope to Treat Blindness, Adult Stem Cell Research Already Has

    06/05/2007 4:48:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 681+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/5/07 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England ( -- British scientists hope to use embryonic stem cells to cure blind patients age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among elderly people. However, other doctors have already used adult stem cell research to treat blind patients and their conditions have vastly improved. Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells within the eye play a vital role in the survival and maintenance of the rods and cones that detect light and color. Death of RPE cells may lead to the condition known as AMD. The British researchers hope to develop the embryonic stem cells, which can only...
  • Cardinal Rigali Slams Bills on Stem Cell Use

    06/07/2007 12:29:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 566+ views
    EWTN ^ | June 6, 2007
    Cardinal Rigali Slams Bills on Stem Cell Use WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 6, 2007 ( U.S. bishops are urging Congress to reject legislation that would promote the destruction of human embryos.Two bills, S.5 on embryonic stem cell research and H.R. 2560 on human cloning, are set for debate and vote.Regarding the stem cell bill, Cardinal Justin Rigali encouraged representatives "to reject this misguided and unethical legislation, which would force taxpayers for the first time to encourage deliberate attacks on innocent human life in the name of medical progress."Cardinal Rigali, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, mentioned only...
  • The 34 Brave Lawmakers Who Voted for Life

    04/12/2007 9:36:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies · 971+ views
    Citizen Link ^ | 04.12.07 | Wendy Cloyd
    These men and women were willing to take a risk.When the U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to lift the president's restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research, it failed to reach the number of votes necessary to overturn a promised Bush veto. Thats because 34 Senators resisted a bipartisan tide and said No to the destruction of preborn humans. Carrie Gordon Earll, senior analyst for bioethics for Focus on the Family Action, said pro-life senators who stood their ground will be criticized in some circles because of it. Some of these senators have watched as the composition of the Senate has shifted away...
  • Adult Stem Cells: A Cure-All?

    03/31/2007 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 330+ views
    CBN ^ | 03.31.07 | Gailon Totheroh
    The U.S. Congress is again working on a bill to pay for more research on stem cells. That is, stem cells from human embryos. Some critics doubt that research needs more funding or fewer restrictions. Embryonic stem cells still have no proven human benefits. Could embryonic stem cells be the cure for your mom's Alzheimer's disease, your sister's diabetes or your uncle's Parkinson's disease? Many people think so. Nigel Cameron, an expert on emerging medical technologies, said, "They have the idea that stem cells are miracle cures and if only we were able to work on them, we would cure...
  • Human stem cells battle degenerative brain diseases ("Adult stem cells" = aborted fetus' stem cells)

    03/14/2007 12:55:59 PM PDT · by cgk · 20 replies · 643+ views
    New Scientist Mag ^ | 3-12-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Embryonic and adult stem cells offer similar protection against neurodegenerative disease, according to a landmark study in mice which has achieved a number of firsts with human stem cells. For the first time, rodents genetically predisposed to disease lived longer and healthier lives after receiving injections of the human cells, researchers claim. We have been talking about stem cells for a decade and no one had cured anything with stem cells before this, comments Eva Mezey, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, US, who was not involved in the work. In the new study, Evan...
  • Catholic official assails $2.1 billion stem-cell bill

    03/02/2007 6:09:23 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 276+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | March 1, 2007
    ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) The executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference urged the state Legislature Feb. 28 to ban any form of "taxpayer-financed human cloning" and to reject Gov. Eliot Spitzer's $2.1 billion Stem Cell and Innovation Fund as proposed, with its major emphasis on funding research on human embryonic stem cells."The governor's stem-cell research proposal is devoid of any moral consideration whatsoever for the living human embryos who will be subject to experimentation and destruction," said Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the conference, which is the public policy arm of the state's Catholic bishops. He...
  • Stem Cells on the Move

    03/03/2007 1:54:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 300+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 27 February 2007 | Constance Holden
    California supporters of stem cell research are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Yesterday, the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco rejected a lawsuit that has been delaying full operations at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Although the case could still make its way to the state supreme court, CIRM proponents are confident the institute has overcome is last major legal hurdle. The creation of CIRM was approved by voters in November 2004 as a way to get around federally imposed limits on research with human embryonic stem (ES) cells (ScienceNOW, 6 October...
  • Adult Stem Cells Wars

    03/04/2007 3:35:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 226+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 03.01.07 | Michael Fumento
    "Religious Right Cited False Report to Combat Embryonic Stem Cell Legislation." So reads the lede of a thread (an Internet posting followed by commentaries) of a group called "DEFCON: Campaign to Defend the Constitution." Translation: DEFCON hates the religious right and anything the religious right likes. If the religious right liked ice cream, DEFCON would hate it. So DEFCON hates alternatives to embryonic stem cells no matter how valuable those alternatives are in treating and curing human disease. In this case, if anybody took DEFCON seriously it could be sued for libel. The paper in question, presented by Catherine Verfaillie...
  • Princeton prof: Stem cell debate must focus on life of embryo

    03/04/2007 3:25:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 330+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 03.02.07 | David Roach
    Embryonic stem cell research is fundamentally wrong because it destroys human beings who deserve moral respect, Princeton University professor Robert P. George said recently in the Norton Lectures at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. George argued during the February lecture that embryonic stem cells may not be the cure-all that research advocates are proclaiming them to be. The fact that theres been a lot of hyping going on and that embryonic stem cells probably will not prove to be the therapeutic miracle that they have been hyped to be isnt fundamentally the reason we should be opposed to the use of...
  • Hair Follicle Cells Offer Embryonic Stem Cell Research Alternative

    12/12/2006 3:27:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 45 replies · 1,033+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/12/06 | Steven Ertelt
    Madison, WI ( -- Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin have found what may be another alternative to embryonic stem cells. They have found that adult stem cells from hair follicles, which don't involve the destruction of human life to obtain, are different from other types of skin cells. The researchers recently identified the molecular signature of hair follicle stem cells called epidermal neural crest stem cells. The college says the study resolves conflicting scientific opinions by showing that these cells are distinctly different from other types of skin-resident stem cells. The MCW research team has reported their findings...

    02/19/2007 12:29:54 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 380+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Feb. 17, 2007 | Steve Johnson
    More than two years after it was approved by voters, California's $3 billion stem-cell research institute Friday announced its first stem-cell research grants. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded 72 two-year grants totaling about $45 million to scientists at 20 university and other non-profit research institutions throughout the state. Bay Area researchers garnered 27 of the grants. Stanford University received the most of any institution, winning 12 grants totaling $7.6 million. The University of California-San Francisco received eight grants; the J. David Gladstone Institute in San Francisco won three; the University of California-Santa Cruz won two; and the University...
  • Code of Silence [by MSM on Adult Stem Cells]

    02/09/2007 7:42:48 AM PST · by aculeus · 5 replies · 485+ views
    Daily Standard via ^ | February 8, 2007 | By Michael Fumento
    Another source of useful stem cells has been found and the media and the cloning crowd are trying keep it quiet. While the Democratic-controlled House voted 253-174 to expand federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, it fell far short of the 290 votes needed to override a virtually guaranteed presidential veto. A tragedy for victims of everything from Alzheimer's to warts? Not at all. Each year there are stunning breakthroughs with adult stem cells, and 2007 has already brought its first. Adult stem cells cure and treat more 70 diseases and are involved in almost 1,300 human clinical trials....
  • Scientists: Adult Blood Cells Have Similar Traits as Embryonic Stem Cells

    01/15/2007 9:29:22 AM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 458+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/15/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Minneapolis, MN ( -- A new research report from scientists at the University of Minnesota shows that adult stem cells taken from bone marrow can replenish immune systems ravaged by radiation. They found the bone marrow cells can also make brain and liver cells in mice. Dr. Catherine Verfaillie, of the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute, said that these adult stem cells can be grown indefinitely in the lab and show some of the same properties as embryonic stem cells. "The cells not only survived when transplanted but they completely repopulated the blood system of the mice," Verfaillie said...
  • ESCR: It's Off to See the Wizard

    01/27/2007 11:19:54 AM PST · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 349+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 1/23/07 | Jan LaRue
    "There's Emerald City! Oh, we're almost there at last! At last! It's beautiful, isn't it? Just like I knew it would be! He really must be a wonderful wizard to live in a city like that!" But as all who've seen The Wizard of Oz know, Dorothy's initial opinion was wrong. This classic tale for children is instructive, however, especially for those in Congress intent on extending federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) beyond what the Bush administration has done. The funding balloon is inflated with promises of cures for diseases and new organs for replacement that...
  • Stem-cell study a priority, Crist says [FL] governor backs legislation to have state pay millions

    01/24/2007 4:14:09 PM PST · by Brilliant · 63 replies · 545+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 24, 2007 | David Royse
    The state would pay for stem-cell research, including studies using cells harvested from embryos, under a bill filed Tuesday in the Florida Legislature that might have new hope because of backing from Gov. Charlie Crist. The proposal has failed before, but its chances may be enhanced this year with the support of Crist... "I think it's important, and we talked about it during the campaign, because of the promise it has for maybe the curing . . . of many diseases and maladies that exist for a lot of our citizens," Crist said. The bill (HB 555)...would require the state...
  • Pulpit barb [regarding stem cell research] prompts walkout by Higgins [D, Buffalo, NY[

    01/24/2007 9:58:25 AM PST · by jude24 · 51 replies · 1,187+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | 1/24/2007 | Mark Summer
    A deacon upbraided Rep. Brian Higgins during Sunday morning Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for voting in favor of embryonic stem cell research, prompting the congressman and his family to walk out during the sermon. The Rev. Art Smith, pastor of the South Buffalo church, said he felt "horrible" about the Higgins family's departure on "Respect Life Sunday" and offered an apology from the pulpit after the congressman had left. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo later issued a statement also criticizing Deacon Tom McDonnell's action. "I can't tell you how terrible I felt,"...
  • How Many Frozen Human Embryos Are Available for Research?

    01/18/2007 4:26:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 254+ views ^ | 2003 | NA
    Frozen human embryos have recently become the focus of considerable media attention. Frozen embryos are a potential source of embryonic stem cells, which can replicate themselves and develop into specialized cells (e.g., blood cells or nerve cells). Researchers believe that such cells might be capable of growing replacement tissues that could be used to treat people suffering from a number of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes. Among the most contentious issues in the stem cell debate are whether frozen embryos should be used to produce stem cells for research purposes and whether it is appropriate to use federal...
  • The Confusing Moral Logic of ESCR, Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    01/14/2007 1:07:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 369+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 01.10.07 | Gregory Koukl
    The embryonic stem cell research debate is remarkable because neither sidepro-life nor pro-abortionseems to fully understand the moral logic of its views. Presumably, people who are pro-life hold their views for a reason and are not just emoting or idealogues. The same could be said of pro-choicers. Ive long suspected thats not always the case, though. The recent debate about embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) confirms my doubts. Dr. Anthony Atala, head of Wake Forest's regenerative medicine institute, is photographed in his research lab at Piedmont Triad Research Park in Winston-Salem, NC, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. Scientists reported Sunday they...
  • An Unreal Debate: Stem-cell ideologues vs. the facts

    01/10/2007 12:36:15 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 27 replies · 874+ views
    National Review ^ | January 10, 2007 | Yuval Levin
    This week offers a perfect snapshot of the sorry state of the embryonic-stem-cell-research debate. On Monday, the newspapers were full of headlines about a new scientific paper showing that stem cells derived from amniotic fluid appear to have many of the same capabilities as embryonic stem cells, but without the ethical pitfalls of embryo destruction. But on Thursday, the House of Representatives plans to take up once again a bill that would overturn President Bushs stem-cell-research-funding policy, and have the government use taxpayer money to encourage the destruction of embryos for their cells. That disconnect mirrors the larger detachment of...
  • U.S. House Passes H.R. 3: Embryonic Stem Cell Bill (253-174, short of Veto majority)

    01/11/2007 12:27:06 PM PST · by cgk · 108 replies · 4,275+ views
    H.R. 3 SUMMARY AS OF: 1/4/2007--Introduced. Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo. Limits such research to stem cells that meet the following ethical requirements: (1) the stem cells were derived from human embryos donated from in vitro fertilization clinics for the purpose of fertility treatment and were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such...
  • Bishops Urge House to Reject Bill Destroying Human Embryos, Support More Promising, Ethical

    01/10/2007 6:22:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 270+ views
    The U.S. bishops urged the House of Representatives to reject a bill that would fund research requiring the destruction of human embryos. The bishops called instead for greater support for more promising and morally acceptable research, using stem cells from adult tissues and from the byproducts of live birth such as cord blood, amniotic fluid and placentas. The appeal was made in a January 9 letter from Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities. "The sad reality is that many promising avenues of medical progress have received inadequate funding and attention on the road to human...
  • Embryos are Humans Says U.S. Government Report on Stem Cell Research

    01/10/2007 3:37:55 PM PST · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 828+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/10/07 | John Jalsevac
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2007 ( A new report by the United States governments Domestic Policy Council admits that embryos are human beings; the only differences between embryos and other human beings, says the report, are accidental differences in levels of development. Embryos are humans in their earliest developmental stage, writes the Council. We do no have to think that human embryos are exactly the same in all ways as older humans to believe that they are entitled to respect and protection. Each of us originated as a single-celled embryo, and from that moment have developed along a continuous...
  • New D.C. Archbishop "Wuerl" Washes Hands Over Nancy Pelosi Political Exploitation of Catholic Mass

    01/08/2007 6:45:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 265 replies · 3,949+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 01.08.06 | Peter J. Smith
    WASHINGTON, January 8, 2006 ( - Pro-abortion House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful Catholic in Congress is recasting her image as a Italian Catholic mother, despite her stark defiance of the Catholic Churchs teachings opposing abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, and same-sex marriage. The Speaker publicized well in advance her visits to St. Leo the Great church in Baltimore and attendance of a special Mass at Trinity University offered for victims of hurricane Katrina and of the Darfur genocide, as part of her plan to propel the image of a good Roman Catholic mother and grandmother at home in the...
  • What We Know About Embryonic Stem Cells

    01/08/2007 4:01:00 PM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 677+ views
    First Things ^ | January, 2007 | Maureen L. Condic
    Back at the beginning of 2002, there was considerable optimism regarding the promise that embryonic stem cells were said to hold for millions of people suffering from fatal or debilitating medical conditions. Stem cells derived from human embryos, it was claimed, provided the best hope for relief of human suffering. Despite the profound ethical concerns regarding the use of human embryos for medical and scientific research, many Americans embraced this promise and the seemingly miraculous hope it offered.The challenges facing embryonic stem cells were formidable. First, there was the concern that the cells and their derived tissue would be...
  • State plans a stem cell 'jump start', Corzine to OK $10M grant, needle swaps, civil unions

    01/04/2007 4:53:13 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 562+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 12.19.06 | DEBORAH HOWLETT
    Gov. Jon Corzine yesterday announced the state will provide $10 million in state funds for scientific research on embryonic stem cells, and said he will sign a bill tomorrow that provides $270 million for a stem cell institute. The governor also said he plans to sign legislation to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples Thursday, and today will sign a measure to create a pilot needle exchange program to prevent the spread of AIDS among drug addicts. "We have been far too long in getting to conclusions on these, particularly on (stem cells and needle exchange)," he said. The three...
  • White House: President Still Opposes Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    01/04/2007 3:55:04 PM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 631+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/4/06 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- With the House of Representatives voting next week on a measure forcing taxpayers to fund new embryonic stem cell research, White House spokesman Tony Snow said President Bush still doesn't support that. He reiterated the president's position against destroying human life for science. Snow told a Wednesday news conference that "the President has made it clear" that he "does not believe that this kind of research necessitates the taking of a human life." "The position hasn't changed," Snow explained. Instead, President Bush "believes in encouraging, through federal largesse and otherwise, investigation into promising technologies" such as...