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  • City to Deploy Ambulances to Save Organs

    12/01/2010 11:21:37 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    Some 911 calls in Manhattan will now bring out two ambulances, one hurrying to the scene and one lagging slightly behind. The first one will try to save the patient’s life. The second one will try to save the patient’s kidneys, in case the first ambulance fails. After months of grappling with the ethical and legal implications, New York City medical officials are beginning to test a system that they hope will one day greatly increase the number of organs collected for transplant. For five months starting Wednesday, the city will deploy a specially trained team that will monitor 911...
  • Obama to Appeal Stem Cell Ruling

    08/25/2010 11:40:29 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 38 replies
    health.usnews.com ^ | August 25, 2010 | Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter
    Experts say judge's injunction on using federal funds effectively halts work in labs across the country WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. scientists reacted with dismay to Monday's decision by a U.S. judge to halt any expansion of stem cell research using federal funds. The temporary injunction, which basically blindsided the scientific community, effectively takes embryonic stem cell research back to the pre-2001 days. That was when then-President George W. Bush ordered that federal monies could only be used to fund research involving embryonic stem cell lines created before 2001. Late Tuesday, however, the Obama administration, which had issued...
  • FDA OKs First Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial On Humans, Despite Concerns

    08/02/2010 11:57:19 AM PDT · by honestabe010 · 4 replies · 4+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | August 2, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration has approved the bid by cloning company Geron to undertake the first trial involving the use of embryonic stem cells in humans. They have never been used before in people because the cells cause tumors and have been plagued by immune system rejection issues when tried in animals. Scientists and pro-life advocates say human embryonic stem cells are not ready for trial because problems associated with the cells in animals haven't been solved. The Food and Drug Administration had initially placed the trial on hold but Geron indicated today that the agency is now allowing it to...
  • Clinton Files Show Kagan Advocated Cloning for Human Research

    06/10/2010 8:03:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 40+ views
    american spectator ^ | 6/10/10 | Robert Stacy McCain
    White House memos from 1997, when Elena Kagan was a top domestic policy advisor to President Clinton, show that Kagan -- nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama -- recommended that the Clinton administration permit cloning of human embryos for research purposes. Writing just months after Scottish researchers had announced the birth of a cloned sheep, Kagan and another Clinton aide recommended that the president announce a ban on cloning that would lead to the birth of human infants, but emphasized that the policy "would not ban the creation of cloned embryos for research purposes.
  • Sick: Skincare Company Now Using Aborted Fetal Tissue in Anti-Aging Cream

    10/28/2009 12:17:05 PM PDT · by Justaham · 16 replies · 754+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-28-09 | Jim Hoft
    Children of God for Life announced today that Neocutis, a bio-pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology and skin care is using aborted fetal cell lines to produce several of their anti-aging skin creams. “It is absolutely deplorable that Neocutis would resort to exploiting the remains of a deliberately slaughtered baby for nothing other than pure vanity and financial gain,” stated Executive Director Debi Vinnedge. “There is simply no moral justification for this.” For years Children of God for Life has been a watchdog on pharmaceutical companies using aborted fetal cell lines in medical products and they have received thousands of inquiries...
  • Inside a Creepy Global Body Parts Business

    09/02/2009 10:04:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 564+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 28 Aug 2009 | Martina Keller and Markus Grill
    42.90 Euros Per Arm The German company Tutogen's business in body parts is as secretive as it is lucrative. It extracts bones from corpses in Ukraine to manufacture medical products, as part of a global market worth billions that is centered in the United States. Anatoly Korzhak, a pensioner and former engineer, died in Kiev on August 5, 2004. His body was picked up at 2 a.m. and taken to the forensic medicine institute in the Ukrainian capital. That same night, Korzhak's daughter, Lena Krat, received a telephone call and was asked to come to the institute as soon as...
  • N.Y. stem cell board approves payments for women's eggs

    06/15/2009 10:00:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 409+ views
    cna ^ | June 14, 2009
    Albany, N.Y., Jun 14, 2009 / 05:48 pm (CNA).- New York’s Empire State Stem Cell Board (ESSCB) decided on Thursday to commit funds to pay women to have their eggs harvested for embryo research. A member of the panel’s ethics board charged that the move was a “gross exploitation” of poor women and did not take into account the procedure’s health risks. There was reportedly no period of public comment for the board’s decision. Fr. Thomas Berg, a member of the ESSCB’s Ethics Committee and Executive Director of the Westchester Institute, criticized the board.“Without any involvement from the public,...
  • NIH policy loosening stem cell research restrictions disappoints both sides in debate

    05/13/2009 12:04:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 356+ views
    American Medical News ^ | May 4, 2009 | Kevin B. O'Reilly
    Some research advocates and scientists are upset that techniques they support would get no federal money. Many scientists hoped President Obama would end what they saw as the politicization of embryonic stem cell research. They thought all Bush administration funding bans would vanish, easing the way for unimpeded research that could yield interventions for physicians to use in treating everything from Parkinson's disease to diabetes. But those hopes may be running into political reality.The National Institutes of Health in April proposed overturning some Bush-era restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research while leaving others in place. The rules would...
  • Birth of Cloned Human Just Days Away? (U.S.-Based Fertility Doctor)

    04/22/2009 10:25:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 2,083+ views
    A United States-based fertility doctor claimed to have cloned 14 human embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs of four women. In an interview published on Wednesday, Panayiotis Zavos told Britain’s Independent newspaper that although none of the women had had a viable pregnancy as a result, the first cloned baby could now be born within a couple of years. “There is absolutely no doubt about it... the cloned child is coming. There is absolutely no way that it will not happen,” he said, quoted by the paper. “If we intensify our efforts, we can have a cloned...
  • New mother eats her baby's placenta.

    04/10/2009 8:11:10 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 71 replies · 2,115+ views
    LA Times Blog ^ | April 9, 2009 | Elizabeth Snead
    We thought we'd heard some wild diet tips floating around health-obsessed Hollywood. But this takes the cake. According to MomLogic.com, a woman
 named Chrissy Schilling had her first baby over the weekend. And she and her sister celebrated by cooking and serving up the placenta. They put it on pasta and into a panini sandwich and posted some photos of the meals on a Facebook page

. According to Chrissy's sister Kathy Schilling's recommendations and recipe,
 the placenta -- full of lingering blood, vitamins, hormones -- is nourishing for the baby during pregnancy, but the nutrients are also good for moms...
  • Obama's 'Science' Fiction

    03/13/2009 12:58:04 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 9 replies · 772+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research. I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President's Council on Bioethics that, contrary to the Bush policy, federal funding should be extended to research on embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded embryos in fertility clinics. I declined to attend. Once you show your face at these things you become a tacit endorser of whatever they spring. My caution was vindicated. President Bush had restricted federal funding...
  • Bishop: "President Obama is forcing all American taxpayers to pay for this homicidal research"

    03/11/2009 1:29:27 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies · 851+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | PHOENIX, March 11, 2009 | John-Henry Westen
    Wednesday March 11, 2009 Bishop: "President Obama is forcing all American taxpayers to pay for this homicidal research" By John-Henry WestenPHOENIX, March 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Bishop of Phoenix in Arizona has written a straight-talking column responding to President Barack Obama's executive order providing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.  "This means that American taxpayers will now be paying for the killing of human beings at a very early stage in their lives (as embryos), so that scientific research can make use of them for experiments that may or may not yield positive results," writes Bishop Thomas...
  • Public Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell research

    03/09/2009 9:39:20 AM PDT · by magdalen · 76 replies · 4,250+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 03-09-09 | Magdalene
    Obama to Sign Executive Order Monday Opening Public Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09030611.html By John-Henry Westen WASHINGTON, March 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - President Barack Obama plans to rescind the Bush policy limiting federal funding for embryo destructive research on Monday. The Bush policy had allowed federal funding for experiments on already existing lines of embryos, but forbade the funds from being used to create new embryos for experimentation. According to news reports, a signing ceremony will take place on Monday at 11 am. Details about the Executive Order are not available, but according to the Washington Post, "proponents...
  • [Italian] Doctor claims cloning three human babies

    03/04/2009 1:04:43 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 26 replies · 7,459+ views
    PTI ^ | 5 Mar 2009, 0057 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: The ethical aspect notwithstanding, an Italian doctor has claimed to have cloned three human babies who are "healthy" and now living in eastern Europe. "I helped give birth to three children with the human cloning technique. It involved two boys and a girl who are nine years old today. They were born healthy and they are in excellent health now," the Daily Telegraph quoted Severino Antinori as telling the 'Oggi' weekly. "The women's eggs were impregnated in a laboratory through a method called 'nuclear transfer'," he said, adding that the method used was "an improvement" over the technique used...
  • German firm 'used hair from Auschwitz to make car parts'

    03/03/2009 6:56:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,508+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 Mar 2009 | Tony Paterson
    One of the pillars of German industry, the giant but debt-crippled Schaeffler car parts supplier, was accused yesterday of using hair shorn from at least 40,000 Auschwitz death camp prisoners to make textiles at its factories in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. The highly disturbing allegations were contained in new evidence unearthed by Polish historians at the Auschwitz museum, who said they had found rolls of fabric made from camp inmates' hair at a former Schaeffler factory in Poland's southern region of Silesia. The discovery was the latest in a series of damaging blows for the ailing Schaeffler...
  • FDA approves first human embryonic stem cell safety trial (3 days after Pres. Bush left)

    02/02/2009 7:07:22 PM PST · by STARWISE · 328 replies · 7,182+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 1-23-09 | Jordan Lite
    Federal regulators have green-lighted the first trial of an embryonic stem-cell treatment in humans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the go-ahead for Geron Corporation to start a phase I safety trial of its therapy GRNOPC1 for spinal cord injuries, the Menlo Park, Calif.–based company announced today. It first sought permission for the trial four years ago and spent much of the last year trying to satisfy the FDA’s concerns about it. "This marks the beginning of what is potentially a new chapter in medical therapeutics—one that reaches beyond pills to a new level of healing: the restoration...
  • Sick warned against falling for 'stem cell' tourism

    10/27/2008 7:38:06 AM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 194+ views
    News.com.au ^ | 25 Oct 2008 | Janelle Miles
    A NEW type of traveller dubbed the stem cell tourist is worrying Australian scientists and doctors who say the vulnerable ill are being duped. Australians with debilitating and sometimes terminal diseases are spending tens of thousands of dollars for unproved stem cell treatments in Third World countries. Many, such as Townsville paraplegic Asti Poole, are coming home out of pocket, and extremely let down, after seeing little or no improvement in their conditions. Ms Poole, 28, went to an infertility specialist's clinic in India last year for two months of embryonic stem cell treatment. Four other Australians were also at...
  • Abandoning consent[Experimentation without permission][UK]

    10/23/2008 10:09:59 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 442+ views
    Guardian ^ | 22 Oct 2008 | Jennifer Swift
    How would you feel if your DNA were used without your permission to produce cloned human embryos for medical research? Regardless of whether it is right or wrong to experiment on human embryos, creating them would require either giving women high doses of drugs with unknown side effects to produce the large numbers of eggs needed for cloning research, or the placing of your genes inside cows' or pigs' eggs to produce human-animal hybrid embryos.So you might well expect to be asked to give your explicit permission before such a morally fraught procedure is carried out using your tissue, but...
  • The Doctors Who Are Redefining Life and Death

    10/05/2008 5:43:27 PM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 24 replies · 1,094+ views
    WashingtonPost.com ^ | Oct. 5, 2008 | William Saletan
    Think being the next president would be a brutal job? Imagine being a transplant surgeon. You can't tell the parents of a dying kid when to pull the plug, but you have to be there, ready, the minute he expires. You have to wait until he's dead, but not so long that his organs become useless. You can give him drugs to keep his organs healthy, but you mustn't technically revive him. And you can't remove and restart his heart until it's been declared kaput. Pick up a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, and you'll see...
  • Australia issues first license to clone human embryos

    09/18/2008 11:27:31 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 225+ views
    Reuters ^ | 17 Sep 2008 | Michael Perry
    The Australian government has issued its first license allowing scientists to create cloned human embryos to try and obtain embryonic stem cells. The in vitro-fertilization firm Sydney IVF was granted the license and reportedly has access to 7,200 human eggs for its research. If the firm is successful it would be a world first, the Australian government's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which granted the license, said on Wednesday. Scientists in other countries have made stem cells they believe are similar to embryonic cells using a variety of techniques, but none have been able to extract embryonic stem...
  • Biden and Developmental Disabilities (Joe Blow a Gaffe-Riot)

    09/09/2008 1:50:45 PM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies · 271+ views
    NRO's The Corner ^ | 9/9/2008 | Yuval Levin
    Joe Biden’s comment today, suggesting some contradiction between support for those born with developmental disabilities and opposition to embryo-destructive research is among his more appalling and insulting gaffes to date. As CBS reports it, Biden said: "I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem...
  • Philadelphia undertakers admit selling corpses

    09/05/2008 5:10:30 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 32 replies · 378+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 2, 2008 | By Jon Hurdle
    Two former Philadelphia funeral directors on Tuesday admitted to selling cadavers to a ring that cut them up and sold the body parts to hospitals for implants. Gerald Garzone and his brother Louis Garzone pleaded guilty to charges that they conspired with others to take bones, skin and organs from 244 bodies in their funeral homes between February 2004 and September 2005. They were part of a scheme that plundered 1,077 bodies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania without the permission of relatives in an operation that netted the conspirators $3.8 million. One of the bodies belonged to Alistair...
  • MPs vote against ban on hybrid embryos - Yikes

    05/19/2008 11:55:24 AM PDT · by mykroar · 6 replies · 134+ views
    Sky News ^ | 051908 | Sky News
    MPs have voted to allow the creation of "frankenstein" embyros for research into tackling diseases. In the first of a series of free votes on the most controversial aspects of the Human Fertility and Embryology Bill, 336 MPs voted against the amendment to ban all use of human-animal embryos. Gordon Brown had encouraged members of all parties to halt the amendment and Tory leader David Cameron also voted against it.
  • Stem Cells Help Rats Recover Function After Stroke (also help diabetes)

    02/20/2008 8:28:41 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 20 replies · 205+ views
    ABC News/Reuters ^ | Feb. 20, 2008 | Will Dunham
    Transplanting brain cells produced from human embryonic stem cells helped fix stroke damage in the brains of rats, according to scientists who hope to test the same thing in people within about five years. Researchers have been looking for ways to repair the brain damage from a stroke, which can cause permanent disability. In a study published on Tuesday, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in California reported that treatment involving human embryonic stem cells may be a solution. The transplanted cells helped repair the stroke damage and enabled the rats to recover lost function in front legs weakened...
  • Ethical storm as scientist becomes first man to clone HIMSELF

    01/18/2008 10:39:29 AM PST · by Squidpup · 49 replies · 16,840+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 18th January 2008 | FIONA MACRAE
    A scientist has achieved a world first... by cloning himself. In a breakthrough certain to provoke an ethical furore, Samuel Wood created embryo copies of himself by placing his skin cells in a woman's egg. The embryos were the first to be made from cells taken from adult humans. Although they survived for only five days and were smaller than a pinhead, they are seen as a milestone in the quest for treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. But critics fear the technology could be exploited by mavericks to clone babies and accused the scientists of reducing the...
  • Scientists make cloned embryos from skin cells

    01/17/2008 9:04:44 AM PST · by tomnbeverly · 27 replies · 100+ views
    cnn ^ | 1/17/08 | CNN
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists in California say they have produced embryos that are clones of two men, a potential step toward developing scientifically valuable stem cells. The new report documents embryos made with ordinary skin cells. But it's not the first time human cloned embryos have been made. In 2005, for example, scientists in Britain reported using embryonic stem cells to produce a cloned embryo. It matured enough to produce stem cells, but none were extracted. Stem cells weren't produced by the new embryos either, and because of that, experts reacted coolly to the research. "I found it difficult...
  • British PM urges no-consent organ harvesting

    01/14/2008 1:07:53 PM PST · by redstates4ever · 17 replies · 74+ views
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/14/08 | Patrick Hennessy
    London - Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday threw his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to remove organs from dead patients without explicit consent. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr. Brown said such a move would save thousands of lives and that he hopes such a system can start this year. The proposals would mean consent for organ donation after death would be automatically presumed, unless individuals had opted out of a national register or family members objected.
  • Abortion objector fights back with military lawsuit

    01/11/2008 10:55:03 AM PST · by xzins · 47 replies · 106+ views
    OneNews ^ | 10 Jan 08 | EdThomas
    A U.S. Coast Guard officer who was denied a religious exemption from taking a Hepatitis A vaccination has filed a lawsuit against his military service. The basis of Officer Joseph J. Healy's suit is that the vaccination would conflict with his Catholic beliefs.All active duty Coast Guard members have to be vaccinated with one of two Hepatitis A vaccines, both of which are derived from cells taken from the lung tissue of babies who were aborted at 14 weeks gestation, according to Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), which is representing Healy. That is where his objection to the vaccination comes in....
  • Abortion foes take new course: 'personhood'

    12/09/2007 6:10:31 AM PST · by rhema · 19 replies · 750+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/9/07 | JUDITH GRAHAM and JUDY PERES
    Opening a new front in their assault on abortion, activists in half a dozen states are preparing ballot referendums that would grant "personhood" and constitutional rights to embryos from the moment of conception. The drive is under way in Colorado, where activists have begun gathering signatures for an initiative, and Georgia, where the Legislature will take up the issue when it reconvenes in January. Abortion opponents in Montana, Oregon, Mississippi and Michigan are among those considering similar measures. The new strategy takes an idea that has been central to the pro-life movement - that human life begins when an egg...
  • Asia shrugs off the West's taboos over cloning

    11/26/2007 12:48:43 PM PST · by BGHater · 20 replies · 215+ views
    IHT ^ | 21 Nov 2007 | John Tierney
    Now that biologists in Oregon have reported using cloning to produce a monkey embryo and extract stem cells, it looks more plausible than before that a human embryo will be cloned and that a cloned human will be born some day. But not necessarily in the Americas or Europe. While some critics have been fretting about the morality of stem cell research and genetic engineering, prominent Western scientists have been going to Asia, like the geneticists Nancy Jenkins and Neal Copeland, who left the National Cancer Institute in the United States and moved last year to Singapore. Asia offers researchers...
  • Scientist who ignited stem-cell war says it's over

    11/24/2007 10:59:45 AM PST · by wagglebee · 116 replies · 273+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/24/07 | WorldNetDaily
    The scientist who helped ignite cultural and political controversy with the use of embryos in stem-cell research believes his new discovery – using ordinary adult skin cells – means the war is virtually over. "A decade from now, this will be just a funny historical footnote," James A. Thomson told the New York Times in an interview. Thomson's laboratory at the University of Wisconsin was one of two that announced Tuesday a new way to turn ordinary human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without using a human embryo. The technique involves adding four genes to...
  • Stem Cells from Virgin Eggs - Nonviable embryos could answer ethical concerns

    10/19/2007 8:02:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 335+ views
    Science News ^ | Week of Oct. 20, 2007 | Patrick Barry
    Last winter, two female Komodo dragons at separate zoos in England gave their keepers big surprises. With no contact from any male, each of the giant lizards laid a clutch of viable eggs, some of which hatched healthy young (SN: 12/23/06, p. 403). The events made the news because they were the first known examples of the species reproducing by the asexual process of parthenogenesis, or virgin birth. SELF-STARTER. A woman's eggs keep a spare set of chromosomes inside a small pouch called a polar body (arrow) until a sperm delivers the paternal set. Scientists can spur the egg to...
  • A danger within? North Texan files suit over transplanted tissue (Black market cadaver trade)

    09/25/2007 6:12:37 AM PDT · by Dysart · 9 replies · 118+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | 9-25-07 | JAN JARVIS
    Jim Livingston never gave much thought to the bone transplanted in his neck until that Sunday afternoon when his doctor called to tell him about the recall."Do they want it back?" he asked, half-jokingly.Quickly it became clear that this was no laughing matter.Bone allegedly stolen from a corpse had been used in Livingston's neck to relieve the pain of a ruptured disk.With that bit of news, the 44-year-old Weatherford father joined hundreds of others nationwide who are living with the knowledge that they carry bones and tissue taken illegally from cadavers in what has become a bizarre tale of selling...
  • Human-animal embryo study wins approval (On Drudge)

    09/04/2007 1:02:23 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 11 replies · 359+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 9-4-07 | Ian Sample
    Plans to allow British scientists to create human-animal embryos are expected to be approved tomorrow by the government's fertility regulator. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority published its long-awaited public consultation on the controversial research yesterday, revealing that a majority of people were "at ease" with scientists creating the hybrid embryos.Researchers want to create hybrid embryos by merging human cells with animal eggs, in the hope they will be able to extract valuable embryonic stem cells from them. The cells form the basic building blocks of the body and are expected to pave the way for revolutionary therapies for diseases...
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calls Embryonic Stem Cell Research "Gift From God" (Say what!)

    06/11/2007 8:41:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies · 1,088+ views
    LifeNews ^ | June 10, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn guffaws from the pro-life community for comments saying that embryonic stem cell research, which involves the destruction of days-old human embryos, is a "gift from God." Her remarks came after the House approved a bill to force Americans to fund it. "Science is a gift of God to all of us, and science has taken us to a place that is biblical in its power to cure... And that is embryonic stem cell research," Pelosi said.Her comments produced an immediate reaction from pro-life groups, including Tony Perkins the head...
  • Sweden Allows “Saviour Siblings” for Tissue Transplants

    05/29/2007 4:20:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 1,081+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/29/07 | Hilary White
    STOCKHOLM, May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Swedish officials have granted permission under a new law for three families to create “saviour sibling” embryos to be used to obtain stem cells for treatment of seriously ill children. The families will have embryos created in vitro, screened for desired genetic traits and implanted. If the children survive to birth, they will be used to produce a transplant of healthy stem cells from the umbilical cord and placenta. Sweden’s new law follows the broad use of genetic testing of embryos, called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Doctors now commonly offer the procedure for embryos...
  • Hospital fundraiser opens on a light note (Hosts joke about bishop's absence over Cheryl Crowe)

    04/30/2007 1:09:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 591+ views
    STL Today ^ | April 29, 2007 | Matthew Hathaway
    Archbishop Raymond Burke made it to the Fox Theatre Saturday — but only as a punch line. When Bob Costas, the evening's host, walked onto the stage he scanned the crowd, gazing into the back rows of the upper balcony before breaking the prolonged silence."All right," Costas quipped. "I guess the archbishop is not showing up."Last week, Burke resigned from the board of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center Foundation because Crow — a vocal supporter of embryonic stem cell research — was scheduled to headline the annual fundraiser and concert. "Sheryl Crow made it clear that she is coming...
  • Should Women Be Paid for Supplying [Human] Eggs?

    01/21/2007 2:57:34 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 27 replies · 564+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal via AP ^ | January 21, 2007 | Malcolm Ritter
    Say you're a woman who wants to have fertility treatment but can't afford the cost, which can total many thousands of dollars. What if you could get the treatment at a substantially reduced rate by agreeing to donate half the eggs you produce for stem-cell research? Interested? British women may get a crack at that deal in a few months, under a plan pursued by Dr. Alison Murdoch of Newcastle University. This concept, which resembles a strategy sometimes used to get eggs for fertility treatment, is just one of several new efforts to boost the supply of human eggs needed...
  • MIT Stem Cell Researcher Threatens Hunger Strike Over Tenure Denial (Opposes Embryonic Stem Cells)

    12/27/2006 1:51:49 PM PST · by wagglebee · 65 replies · 1,489+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/22/06 | Steven Ertelt
    Boston, MA (LifeNews.com) -- A black Massachusetts Institute of Technology stem cell researcher who doesn't support human cloning says he is planning a hunger strike for next February if the prestigious college doesn't reverse its decision to deny him tenure. Dr. James L. Sherley, an associate professor of biological engineering, says he is a victim of racism. Sherley has been an outspoken advocate against human cloning -- including the kind of therapeutic cloning his colleagues and other scientists want to use to create and destroy human embryos for their stem cells. He has been fighting for tenure at MIT for...
  • 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...
  • Bid to create part human part animal embryos

    11/06/2006 4:27:12 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 31 replies · 626+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 11/07/06 | Nic Fleming
    Scientists have applied for permission to create part-human, part-animal embryos as part of research to create new treatments for debilitating neurological diseases. Two teams of researchers today submitted applications to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for licences to be allowed to use therapeutic cloning to fuse human cells with rabbit, cow and goat egg. They want to create early-stage “chimeric” embryos that would be 99.9 per cent human and 0.1 per cent animal in order to produce stem cells – the body’s basic building blocks that can form different all other types of cells. The embryos would be destroyed...
  • Stolen body parts implanted in NHS patients

    09/11/2006 12:52:21 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 19 replies · 666+ views
    Times Online ^ | 9/10/06 | Sarah-Kate Templeton
    NHS patients have been implanted with potentially contaminated pieces of bone from a batch stolen from dead Americans, including the veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke. More than 70 pieces of bone were grafted into the patients at about 20 hospitals after they were imported from a New Jersey company now under investigation in America. The imported bones were harvested by the firm from corpses in US funeral parlours without the deceased’s prior consent and without adequate checks to ensure the bodies were free of disease. While many of the affected bone products that entered Britain were recalled after a safety alert,...
  • 'Ethical' stem cell lines created ~~ Technology removes an ethical dilemma?

    08/23/2006 10:59:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies · 762+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 17:12 GMT 18:12 UK | BBC staff
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 17:12 GMT 18:12 UK E-mail this to a friend Printable version 'Ethical' stem cell lines created The scientists removed single cells from the embryos Human embryonic stem cell lines have been generated without embryos being destroyed, according to researchers.A US team created stem cell lines by removing single cells from embryos, a process that left them intact, they report in the journal Nature. At present, growing this type of stem cell results in embryo destruction. The researchers say their findings may remove some of the ethical barriers to this field and provide a...
  • Heart recipients' hospital has China death-row link

    03/24/2006 9:26:59 AM PST · by Calpernia · 46 replies · 2,550+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | March 24, 2006
    SHANGHAI (Kyodo) Two Japanese nationals in their 50s received heart transplants between 2001 and 2004 at a Shanghai hospital whose organs mainly come from death-row inmates, sources at a Taiwanese company that arranged the procedures said Thursday. Japan was seemingly unaware of the cases, as a survey released March 9 by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said there were no cases of Japanese receiving heart transplants in Asia outside of Japan. Ethical and medical concerns have often been raised regarding organ transplants in China over issues that include the use of organs of prisoners on death row and uncertain...
  • Pro-life advocates are decrying a grisly new outrage

    08/09/2006 12:19:59 PM PDT · by .30Carbine · 205 replies · 3,297+ views
    Salem Radio Network News ^ | 08/09/06 | Michael Harrington
    Transcription from radio/internet broadcast: Pro-life advocates are decrying a grisly new outrage in Europe: Face lifts and cosmetic surgery using tissue from aborted babies are being offered at clinics in places such as Moscow and Rotterdam, and women from around the globe are flocking. In many cases women in third world nations are being paid up to $200.00 US to carry babies up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, when the unborn children are aborted and sold to the cosmetic clinics. An increasing number of these facilities are now springing up in popular vacation spots including Barbados and the Dominican Republic...
  • Global bazaar in body parts

    07/20/2006 7:53:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 440+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/20/6 | Debra J. Saunders
    IS CHINA harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners -- who are killed in the process? David Kilgour, a former Canadian member of Parliament, and Canadian human rights attorney David Matas admit that they cannot prove or disprove allegations that China has killed thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in order to harvest their organs, but they fear and believe it is happening. So they wrote in a report (investigation.redirectme.net) released this month for the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of the Falun Gong in China. China denies the allegations. An embassy spokesman reminded me that U.S. officials toured a site in...
  • Anti-Life, Anti-Science - A Castle of confusion.

    07/19/2006 12:53:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 526+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 19, 2006 | Richard M. Doerflinger
    July 19, 2006, 8:39 a.m. Anti-Life, Anti-ScienceA Castle of confusion. By Richard M. Doerflinger It all seemed so reasonable and straightforward. Congress’s warring factions in the stem-cell debate had agreed on a civilized plan for moving the issue forward. The U.S. Senate would vote on three bills: the bill to fund stem-cell research requiring the destruction of human embryos, already approved by the House last year; a bill to ban the use of fetal tissue from “fetus farming” (implanting human embryos in human or animal wombs in order to develop them further and harvest their body parts); and a...
  • Lord of the Rings Profits Used to Support Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    07/17/2006 4:48:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 48 replies · 1,288+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/16/06 | Gudrun Schultz
     WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 17, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Profits from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy are being used to fund destructive human embryonic research at the University of California, reported the Mainichi Daily News. Filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who brought the J.R.R. Tolkien epic to the screen, together donated US $310,000 last Saturday to fund research using the stem cells of human embryos. “Stem cell therapy has the potential to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses which up until now have been labelled ‘incurable,’” the pair said in a statement released by the University of...
  • Baby teeth might be source of stem cells

    07/17/2006 12:00:50 PM PDT · by Salman · 27 replies · 741+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 17 July 2006 | UPI
    AUSTIN, Texas, July 17 (UPI) -- A Texas company has reportedly started freezing stem cells taken from baby teeth pulp tissue in hopes the cells might some day lead to disease treatments. BioEden Inc., which opened for business last week, told the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, it's betting the science eventually will catch up with its aspirations. "We are absolutely confident this will work," Jeff Johnson, president of Austin's BioEden, told the newspaper. "All indications are this is a wonderful source of stem cells." The company said it expects baby teeth stem cells might eventually be used for bone, teeth nerve...
  • Canadians to Create “Fresh” Human Embryos for Research Purposes

    06/28/2006 5:28:43 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 383+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/27/06 | Hilary White
    OTTAWA, June 27, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced that it will allow the creation of living human embryos specifically for research purposes. Although pro-life advocates working to kill the Liberal government’s 2002 Assisted Reproduction Act predicted that embryonic stem cell research would be the next move--although the bill purported to protect against this type of research--they were roundly criticized as “alarmist” during the debates over the bill. Meanwhile, biotech lobbyists have worked steadily to find ways around the legislation or simply to amend it to get what they wanted: “fresh” embryos made to...