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  • Embryonic Stem Cell Fail as Firm Goes Defunct

    06/08/2016 9:18:54 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    In 2004, Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards promised that if John Kerry won, people would rise out of their wheelchairs and walk. In the 2006 election, actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s, made a commercial for Democratic Senate candidates in which he urged voters to support those candidates who opposed restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and stood in the way of imminent miracles. Private funding, it should be noted, was never restricted. The only thing that stood in the way of miracle cures from embryonic stem cell research miracle cures, we were told, was the...
  • Not with a bang but a whimper: What ever happened to the stem cell wars?

    11/03/2015 5:44:51 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 11/3/15 | Michael Cook
    It’s time for scientists and bioethicists to establish a Embryonic Stem Cell Truth and Reconciliation Commission.It all seems so long ago now. But from 2002 to 2008 they barnstormed, fibbed, exaggerated, hyped, and caricatured to get government funding so that they could play God with human embryos. It was a brutal battle in which truth came second. "People need a fairy tale," said Ronald D.G. McKay, a leading stem cell scientist, in 2004.The claims made for the near-miraculous potential of human embryonic stem cells were extraordinary. Celebrities and scientists spoke with the breathless enthusiasm normally associated with crystal medicine or ayurvedic...
  • Stem-Cell Wars Aren't Over: How "Donated" Aborted Baby Parts Are Being Used

    07/16/2015 11:42:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 16, 2015 | Rebecca Taylor
    I wrote this piece weeks ago. It has just now been published online. I had no idea that the Center for Medical Progress was about to drop the bomb on Planned Parenthood and their participation in the market for aborted baby parts. In case you were wondering what some companies use aborted baby parts for, read my latest at the National Catholic Register: "It has been several years since the height of the stem-cell controversy, where every day debate raged over the destruction of embryos for embryonic stem cells. These human embryos, conceived in a lab by the hundreds of...
  • Obama Admin backing Ebola vaccines using aborted baby cell lines

    10/15/2014 4:02:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 15, 2014 | John Henry Westen
    The Obama Administration has chosen to back Ebola vaccines made using cell lines cultivated from aborted babies, despite the fact that the government itself acknowledged that moral alternatives could also be used, according to a pro-life organization that specializes in advocating for morally produced vaccines.  Children of God for Life says it has discovered that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide are being made using the aborted fetal cell lines.The proof of the use of the controversial cell lines in the manufacture of the vaccines is found in the patents. According to the patents, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID...
  • Research With Body Parts of Aborted Babies Won’t Cure Diseases

    12/07/2011 4:18:38 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/7/11 | Luis Zaffirini
    A while back Don Reed, writing for the Huffington Post, argued against a pro-life bill in the Wisconsin Assembly that would prohibit the sale or use of body parts of aborted unborn babies for research purposes. He argued specifically that Lou Gehrig’s disease will be more difficult to cure if the bill becomes law. He also contended that pro-lifers should find no fault in the use of fetal tissue in experimentation or research which depends on the destruction of human embryos. He claims that if embryonic stem cell research were illegal, a host of diseases “would be ravaging the country...
  • Embryonic Stem Cells Still Haven’t Performed Miracles

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

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

    06/06/2011 3:29:55 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 17 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 4, 2011 | Bill Torpy
    CHATOM, Ala. — Every now and then, Timothy J. Atchison thinks he feels a little something when rubbing his legs. But he knows to temper any feelings of excitement or optimism. Left paralyzed from the chest down after a car crash last fall, the baby-faced 21-year-old reminds himself that it could be simply phantom feelings. A lot rides on his immobile legs — they carry the hopes and dreams of tens of thousands of severely injured people. Atchison is Patient A, the formerly anonymous person who volunteered to have embryonic stem cells injected into his spine. It was the first...
  • Latest Assault on the Preborn

    09/07/2003 9:59:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies · 442+ views
    Latest Assault on the Prebornby William F. JasperEmbryonic stem cell research is neither an acceptable nor an ethical means of scientific discovery but is instead the purely utilitarian, cold-blooded murder of preborn children.‘‘Which one of my children would you kill? Which one would you take?" John Borden pointedly asked the committee members in the packed congressional hearing on July17th. He was holding his twin 9-month-old sons, Mark and Luke, while his wife, Lucinda Borden, held up a photo of the two infants, along with an embryonic sibling who did not survive, as they had appeared on January 31, 2000...
  • Stem Cell Research: Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada (quadriplegic disagreed with Chris Reeve)

    10/11/2004 6:05:53 PM PDT · by mountaineer · 61 replies · 4,106+ views
    Joni and Friends website (PDF) ^ | unkn | Joni Eareckson Tada
    Q: How did you get involved in the debate on stem cell research?A: Hardly a week goes by that people don't ask me, "Have you ever talked with Christopher Reeve? I saw him the other day on television and ..." People are curious about where I stand regarding the paralyzed actor's hope for a cure through what he calls therapeutic cloning. After all, I'm disabled. Don't I want a cure? I would love to walk. But 35 years of quadriplegia since a diving accident in 1967 has honed my perspective. I look at the broader implications of medical research as...
  • Direct Conversion May Make Embryonic Stem Cell Research Obsolete

    11/29/2010 9:14:10 AM PST · by julieee · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | November 29, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Direct Conversion May Make Embryonic Stem Cell Research Obsolete New York, NY -- Scientists made a major step towards making embryonic stem cell research obsolete when they used direct reprogramming to convert adult stem cells to an embryonic-like state. Now direct conversion is moving the ball forward. The process of direct conversion involves changing one kind of specialized stem cell into another kind -- and it eliminates the need for controversial embryonic stem cells, which some scientists promote because they can change into most any kind of cells. http://LifeNews.com/bio-3220
  • Stem-Cell Fraud

    11/28/2010 5:11:53 PM PST · by raptor22 · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 28, 2010 | IBD staff
    Science: Supporters of California's failed 2004 stem-cell law will ask strapped taxpayers to support another $3 billion bond initiative in 2014. Maybe it's time to restore fiscal sanity as well as science to its rightful place. When it was passed in 2004, Proposition 71, with its $3 billion state fund and 10-year mandate for embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR), held out the promise of imminent miracle cures for everything from spinal disorders to Parkinson's. One campaign ad showed actor Christopher Reeve, aka Superman, asking California voters to "stand up for those who can't." Some six years later, with about $1.1 billion...
  • Stem CElls: Promise and Promise

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

    09/18/2010 6:06:16 AM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    cnn.com ^ | September 16, 2010 | By Matt Bowma
    ... Human embryonic stem cell research is the $10,000 toilet seat of the 21st century. Years ago, science created a cell that appears to be, in the words of an MIT study published last month, "virtually identical" to an embryonic stem cell but is cheaper, promises better compatibility to patients and kills no embryos. These new induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) "do all the things embryonic stem cells do," explains the father of human embryonic stem cells James Thomson. Harvard's David Scadden agrees that iPSC technology "is absolutely changing the field." IPSCs "perhaps even eliminate the need for human embryos...
  • Congress registers its support for human embryonic stem-cell research

    09/13/2010 2:06:21 PM PDT · by Baladas · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept. 13, 2010 | Karen Kaplan
    As the National Institutes of Health fights in court for permission to resume long-term funding for research involving human embryonic stem cells, some members of Congress are coming to the agency’s defense with a proposal to make President Obama’s stem-cell funding policy the law of the land. Monday in Washington, D.C., Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) spoke in favor of the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act. This bill would make clear Congress' intent to allow federal funds to be used on the promising research, which is controversial because the cells themselves are derived from days-old human embryos, which are destroyed in...
  • Culver: Stem cell research key to election victory

    09/10/2010 11:30:39 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 09/10/2010 | James Q. Lynch
    [Democrat] Gov. Chet Culver predicted his support of embryonic stem cell research will be a key to winning re-election over Republican challenger, former Gov. Terry Branstad, whose opposition represents an “extreme ideological view.” The research is important to independent voters – and Iowa has about 755,000, Culver said Sept. 10 at the Carver Biomedical Research Center on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. “I really believe we won the race in ’06 and we’ll win again in 2010 because we’re for helping those individuals who are suffering,” Culver said. Culver said the state’s $30 million investment in biomedical...
  • Stem Cell Research: Adults Only?

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

    07/02/2010 1:00:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Mail Online ^ | July 1, 2010 | Sophie Borland
    A treatment for Parkinson's disease that involves injecting patients' brains with cells from aborted foetuses could bring hope to thousands of sufferers. It was first tested more than 20 years ago and hailed as a cure before being abandoned because of devastating side effects. Many of the human guinea pigs lost control of their bodies and experienced writhing and jerking movements for the rest of their lives. Now scientists say they have found a way to control these side effects, which will give hope to many sufferers - such as Hollywood star Michael J Fox and boxing legend Muhammad Ali....
  • Stem cells restore sight in mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa

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

    02/16/2010 10:20:08 AM PST · by ezfindit · 25 replies · 779+ views
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 2/16/2010 | Raymond Arroyo
    Without so much as a press release, Embryonic Stem Cell research is being slowly defunded by the State of California. Remember Proposition 71, the California initiative that pledged $3 billion dollars of public funds to this dubious research? Back in 2004 voters in that state bet that embryonic stem cells held the key to untold cures and therapies. Six years later, after destroying innumerable embryos and devaluing human life, they have nothing to show for their investment. Only adult stem cell research has shown any promise. By reprogramming adult stem cells, researchers have produced astounding results; curing everything from type...