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  • Politics and Religion Pt. 1

    10/25/2014 10:53:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Politics and Religion Pt. 1 Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to Catholics in voting so that, quite frankly, Catholics will “vote like Catholics,” yet, we do much more than just that. We give instruction, in complete harmony with the teaching authority of the Church, as to the most important moral issues of our day that are politically in play....
  • The Abortion Bucket Challenge

    09/12/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | September 12, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Dear Megan (Marzec): I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with your recent actions as Ohio Universitys (OU) student senate president. In my constitutionally protected opinion, you have exhibited some serious anti-Semitic tendencies. You have also come across as an unprincipled opportunist. Of course, I am referring to the manner in which you responded to the charge from OU President Roderick McDavis to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead of taking it seriously, you decided to douse yourself in fake blood in order to make a grossly ill-timed political statement. According to my friends at Campus Reform,...
  • Do Not Disturb: Ignorant Bliss In Progress

    08/24/2014 5:15:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 24, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    This summer of unusually heavy news has revealed some stark truths. Ugly truths that bother me deeply as someone who is mortally concerned that everything around us is headed in the wrong direction. A mental picture from this last week illustrates what I'm discussing perfectly. The leader of the free world could barely be bothered to don a navy blue blazer on Martha's Vineyard, before delivering all of a five minute statement on the barest face of the evidence of raw evil the world has faced since 9/11. And that delayed him all of four minutes from making his...
  • [European] Commission rejects citizens campaign to ban stem cell funding

    05/29/2014 4:58:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 29.05.14 @ 09:16 | Benjamin Fox
    The European Commission has dismissed a campaign to scrap funding for stem cell research and reproductive health services. The demand was made by the One of Us campaign, the second citizens initiative to reach the 1 million signatures required under the Lisbon treaty. The campaign, which has been backed by Popes Francis and Benedict, the current and former heads of the Catholic church, and backed by a number of religious organizations, sought to ban the use of EU funds for research, foreign aid programs and public health activities that are linked to the destruction of human embryos.
  • [Today's] Moral Issues

    04/12/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | not given |
    Moral Issues Making moral choices in our modern world can be confusing and difficult. With so many temptations and influences pulling us in all directions, and the pressures of life driving us toward the seemingly “easy” path, it is comforting to know that Jesus Christ, through His Church, has blessed us with clear moral framework to guide us toward a happy, fulfilling life.It makes perfect sense that our Creator, who made us and designed us to work in a certain way, would know what’s best for us. Fortunately, He gifted the Church with His advice on how to live...
  • Scientist Urges Withdrawal of His Own "Breakthrough" Stem Cell Research

    03/10/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by mgist · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/10/14 | Na
    Scientist Urges Withdrawal of His Own "Breakthrough" Stem Cell Research Monday, 10 Mar 2014 12:56 PM A Japanese scientist called on Monday for his own headline-grabbing study on stem cells to be withdrawn from publication, saying its findings had now been thrown into too much doubt. The research - hailed when it came out in January as a breakthrough that could herald a new era of medical biology - was covered widely in Japan and across the world after it was published in the highly reputable science journal Nature. But since then, there have been reports that other scientists have...
  • Stem cell 'sticky spots' recreated by scientists

    12/13/2012 6:51:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 13, 2012 | NA
    Randomly distributed sticky spots which are integral to the development of stem cells by maximising adhesion and acting as internal scaffolding have been artificially recreated by experts from the University of Sheffield for the first time. Using synthetic foam type materials to mimic the natural process known as the extracellular matrix or ECM scientists, from the University of Sheffield and University of California San Diego, created the random stickiness required for stem cells to properly adhere. The findings will better inform researchers across the world of how to make their biomaterials appropriately sticky for stem cells to grow....
  • Whitehead scientists bring new efficiency to stem cell reprogramming

    09/19/2012 3:02:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | September 13, 2012 | NA
    In this image of mouse embryonic fibroblasts undergoing reprogramming, each colored dot represents messenger RNA associated with a specific gene that is active in cells being reprogrammed. Red dots represent... Several years ago, biologists discovered that regular body cells can be reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells cells with the ability to become any other type of cell. Such cells hold great promise for treating many human diseases. These induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are usually created by genetically modifying cells to overexpress four genes that make them revert to an immature, embryonic state. However, the procedure works in only...
  • Court: Obama Can Force Taxpayer-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    08/24/2012 11:58:12 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies ^ | August. 24, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A federal appeals court has determined a federal judge was right to throw out a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obamas decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a decision throwing out a lawsuit challenging the funding, which President George W. Bush stopped and Obama allowed just months after entering office. The bringers of the lawsuit argued Obamas executive order forcing taxpayer funding violated the 1996 Dickey-Wicker law that prohibits taxpayer of any scientific research that results in the destruction of human embryos, unborn children at...
  • Scientists Use Stem Cells to Generate Human Eggs

    02/26/2012 7:28:24 PM PST · by Dajjal · 23 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times ^ | Feb. 26, 2012 | Nicholas Wade
    Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital say they have extracted stem cells from human ovaries and made them generate egg cells. The advance, if confirmed, might provide a new source of eggs for treating infertility, though scientists say it is far too early to tell if the work holds such promise.
  • Adult Stem Cells are Treating Thousands of Patients Now

    05/17/2011 4:05:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/17/11 | David Prentice, Ph.D.
    Stem cell research continues to move ahead. Not embryonic stem cell research, however, which relies on the destruction of young human life.After over 30 years of embryonic stem cell research, first with mouse and then human embryonic stem cells, not a single patient has been helped. And while over the past year, three experimental trials have been approved in the U.S., even many embryonic stem cell scientists believe the practical dangers of embryonic stem cells (tumors, incorrect tissue growth, immune problems) make such trials preliminary; simply using patients for experiments. Embryonic stem cells fail on both ethical and practical aspects,...
  • Flaw in induced-stem-cell model - Adult cells do not fully convert to embryonic-like state.

    02/03/2011 3:09:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Nature News ^ | 2 February 2011 | Elie Dolgin
    Medical researchers' hopes of replacing politically fraught embryonic stem (ES) cells with stem cells derived from adult tissues have suffered a setback. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, created by turning back the developmental clock on adult tissues, and ES cells display similar gene-expression patterns, and both can produce any of the various tissues in the human body. But patterns of epigenetic changes alterations that affect gene expression without changing the DNA sequence tell a different story about iPS cells, a team led by Joseph Ecker, a molecular geneticist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, reports online...
  • ELCA Releases Draft Social Statement on Genetics

    03/18/2010 6:29:36 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies · 245+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 18 March AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Releases Draft Social Statement on Genetics 10-097-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) --The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) released March 18 a 49-page draft social statement on genetics, a framework for discussion on a variety of current topics in the field including certain advances in medicine, reproductive cloning, human embryonic stem cells, and animal and plant genetic engineering. The full text of the Draft Social Statement on Genetics, an executive summary and a question-and-answer document are at on the ELCA Web site. The draft was prepared by the ELCA Task Force on Genetics, formed after the social statement was authorized...
  • Stem-cell activators switch function, repress mature cells

    12/26/2009 10:39:37 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 473+ views
    In a developing animal, stem cells proliferate and differentiate to form the organs needed for life. A new study shows how a crucial step in this process happens and how a reversal of that step contributes to cancer. The study, led by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, shows for the first time that three proteins, called E2f1, E2f2 and E2f3, play a key role in the transition stem cells make to their final, differentiated, state. These proteins help stimulate stem cells to grow and proliferate. But...
  • R. Albert Mohler, Jr.: What Do You Really Believe About Human Dignity, Dr. Collins?

    12/08/2009 4:05:34 PM PST · by wagglebee · 3 replies · 292+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/6/09 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The defense of human dignity is the responsibility of all human beings, but certain individuals bear a special responsibility due to position or influence. This is certainly the case with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.Collins is one of the most influential scientists in America today. He previously headed the Human Genome Project - the massive federal project to decode the genetic structure of human life. President Barack Obama nominated Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health on July 8, 2009, and he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate just a month...
  • Bishop Nickless: "No Health Care Reform is Better than the Wrong Health Care Reform"

    08/19/2009 2:19:44 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 2 replies · 624+ views ^ | August 18, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa, August 18, 2009 ( - In his latest column, Bishop R. Walter Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City joined a growing number of Catholic leaders in stated opposition to the Obama health care legislation, which is poised to expand abortion by mandating abortion coverage and providing taxpayer subsidies to abortion providers. Niclkess also noted that the Catholic Church has no position for or against any kind of health care distribution, and argued that the structure proposed by the legislation would ultimately be detrimental to distributing health care according to need. "No health care reform is better...
  • The "Decades Away" Dirty Secret of Stem Cell Research

    07/18/2009 6:20:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 737+ views ^ | July 17, 2009 | Michael Fumento
    An age of medical miracles is dawning. Obama administration federal funding rules for embryonic stem cells, or ES cells, will open wide the money floodgates for "the most remarkable potential of any scientific discovery ever made with respect to human health." It has "the capacity to cure maladies of all sorts,including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's," and spinal cord injuries. Or so says Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) among others. But paraplegics shouldnt post their wheelchairs on EBay just yet. If these cures are just around the corner, this corner is far, far away. And that's according to ES cell researchers...
  • Czar 54, Who Are You?

    07/20/2009 5:38:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,168+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 20, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: Our new science czar, John Holdren, once backed compulsory sterilization and forced abortion as part of a government population-control program. The only thing missing was a Soylent Green recipe.In April, President Obama declared that "the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over." In everything from stem cell research to climate change and energy policy, reason and science would triumph. The problem is that what the Obama administration considers science, as exemplified by the choice of Holdren, is troubling. In a recently rediscovered 1977 book, "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment," co-authored with doomsters Paul and Anne Ehrlich,...
  • Embryonic Stem Cells 'Obsolete'

    07/16/2009 6:47:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 580+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Bioethics: The former director of the National Institutes of Health, once an enthusiast for embryonic stem cells, now says their future has "dimmed." So why is the administration bailing out research into such therapies while troubled states like California have committed billions?Aside from creating or saving a few research jobs, the administration's decision to federally fund embryonic stem cell research is, as we've noted, a bailout of bad science. It throws money at an avenue of research that time and adult stem cell progress have passed by. Applauding the administration's move was Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who echoed the claims...
  • July ushers in new Ga. laws - (Embryo Adoption)

    07/01/2009 8:10:12 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 3 replies · 617+ views ^ | July 1, 2009 | By GREG BLUESTEIN - Associated Press Writer
    July ushers in new Ga. laws By GREG BLUESTEIN ATLANTA The beginning of July ushers in a slew of new laws in Georgia, including a measure that seeks to celebrate the Confederacy while also honoring a civil rights leader, new rules praised by abortion opponents and a pair of laws long sought by prosecutors. Those measures and dozens of others are set to take effect on Wednesday, the first day of July. And while some of the new laws aren't among the most high-profile legislation, many are the result of hard-fought legislative battles that could have profound impact. Prosecutors groups,...
  • Leon Kass to deliver 2009 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities [May 21, 2009 at NEH]

    05/21/2009 5:40:07 AM PDT · by syriacus · 4 replies · 302+ views
    Dr. Leon R. Kass, a widely published author, award-winning humanities teacher, and one of Americas leading moral philosophers and experts on medical ethics, will deliver the 2009 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today. The annual NEH-sponsored Jefferson Lecture is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Leon Kass is an outstanding scholar, a gifted teacher, and one of our nations leading humanists, said NEH Acting Chairman Carole M. Watson. He has brought the wisdom of the humanities to bear on many topics, from bioethics...
  • News to Note, May 2, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    05/02/2009 11:41:27 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 642+ views
    AiG ^ | May 2, 2009
    News to Note, May 2, 2009A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (Read the following stories, and much more by clicking excerpt link at the bottom) 1. LiveScience: Swine Flu Is Evolution in ActionSwine fluboth the virus itself and the associated paranoiaseems to be sweeping the world. Is it evolution in action? 2. LiveScience: Some Dinosaurs Survived the Asteroid ImpactThe widely taught model of dinosaur extinction doesnt line up with the latest fossil findings. 3. National Geographic News: Baby Mammoth CT Scan Reveals Internal OrgansThe preserved baby woolly mammoth shows that it died in an oxygen-deprived environment that...
  • Pelosi Worships Politics

    04/22/2009 3:29:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 582+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 4/21/2009 | Tom McFeely
    On Friday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed critics of federal funding of life-killing embryonic stem-cell research with this argument: Weve had a situation where its faith or science take your pick, Pelosi said about how the administration of George W. Bush allegedly dealt with the funding issue and other hot-button issues that involve making moral choices about scientific research. Were saying science is an answer to our prayers. Added Pelosi, We need science, science, science, science, science. At his Secondhand Smoke blog, bioethicist Wesley Smith demolishes Pelosis claim that embryonic stem-cell research represents state-of-the-art science. In fact,...
  • News to Note: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (SEE FIRST STORY!)

    04/18/2009 11:57:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 1,082+ views
    AiG ^ | April 18, 2009
    Read these stories and much more by clicking the excerpt link below: 1. Wall Street Journal: Hong Kong Christens an Ark of Biblical Proportions 2. ScienceNOW: Our Ancestors Were No Swingers 3. National Geographic News: First Tool Users Were Sea Scorpions? 4. LiveScience: Three Subgroups of Neanderthals Identified 5. BBC News: Stem Cells Can Treat Diabetes (adult stem cells, that is...) 6. New Scientist: Praying to God Is Like Talking to a Friend And much much more at...
  • 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, 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...
  • Stem Cells: Dr. Oz on 'Oprah'

    04/06/2009 8:45:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 28 replies · 3,771+ views
    ncr ^ | 04.04.09 | Tom Hoopes
    Heres Josh Brahm explaining this Oprah spot, in which Dr. Oz comes out against embryonic stem-cell research on scientific grounds (Warning: In it he handles, pokes and slices a real human brain). Catholics remember sadly that Michael J. Fox was a huge proponent of clone-and-kill stem-cell research. How ironic that President Obama, who claims to want to follow science is funding precisely the kind of research that the medical community is abandoning. See Josh Brahms essay 9 Things the Media Messed Up About the Obama Stem Cell Story.On the Oprah show, Dr. Mehmet Oz handles the brain of a 50-year-old...
  • Obama Withdraws Funding for Stem Cell Research CONTRADICTING His Own Speeches!

    04/08/2009 5:48:29 PM PDT · by ProLifePodcast · 10 replies · 1,075+ views ^ | 4/8/09 | Josh Brahm
    VIDEO: Obama bans funding for Adult Stem Cell Research behind closed doors CONTRADICTING his own speeches! More stem cell info at
  • President Obama okays funding embryonic stem cell research (but removes adult stem cell funding)

    03/19/2009 8:31:43 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 39 replies · 1,783+ views
    CMI ^ | March 19, 2009 | Lita Cosner
    Obamas anti-life ideology ... Obama is not opposed to restricting adult stem cell research, because the same executive order which gives funding to embryonic stem cell research takes away funding from adult stem cell research. This is a senseless move on the part of the president; the only stem cell research he is interested in funding is precisely the most dangerous kind, the only kind that a large segment of the population is opposed to on moral grounds, and the only one that has consistently failed to produce the promised miracle cure results. If he were really concerned about life-saving...
  • Obama's Stem Cell Policy Hasn't Reversed Legislative Restrictions [Obama bans stem cell research $]

    03/14/2009 5:34:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies · 848+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 14, 2009
    On Wednesday, President Obama signed a law that bans federal funding of any research that leads to the destruction of human embryos just two days after lifting Bush-era restraints on it. President Obama may have abolished contentious Bush-era restraints on federal funding of stem cell research on Monday, but a legislative obstacle still remains for scientists seeking more money. A spending bill that Obama signed on Wednesday explicitly bans federal funding of any "research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death," language that pertains to creation of new...
  • Our "Intelligent" President Signs Law Banning Stem Cell Research...Without Even Knowing

    03/13/2009 6:37:23 PM PDT · by bloodmeridian · 24 replies · 1,384+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 3/13/2009 | Dr. Dave
    I'm really never going to get over how much fun this charade is to watch. On Monday, the glorious b. Hussein proclaimed how he hit "select all, delete, save" (for you original Mac folks) on the Bush administration executive order banning embryonic stem cell research. Then on Wednesday, b. signed the $410 billion omnibus bill, so his socialist soul train could roll on through the end of the fiscal year. Not to be outdone, he took to the pulpit (reading from his Golden Teleprompter, of course) and chastised lawmakers (particularly those supposed "Republicans," who, we admit with grinding teeth, disgustingly...
  • Scientific Community Differs About Stem Cells Debate Misrepresented By The National Media

    03/12/2009 4:54:55 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 7 replies · 510+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | March 12, 2009 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The article says that the stem cell debate which claims those in favor are enlightened and those opposed benighted is a triumph of propaganda over journalism. It cites many medical researchers who are oppposed.
  • Sorry about that, Dr. Mengele

    03/12/2009 5:26:05 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 7 replies · 532+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 3/12/2009 | Moneyrunner
    Who would be against finding better ways of treating hypothermia or malaria? What monster would prevent us from discovering a cure for gangrene? Who is against better treatment for burns? Given the scarcity of fresh water in many parts of the world, can we find ways of putting seawater to human use? And who knows what useful science can result from the study of twins? Somehow, at one time and place, certain experiments designed to find the answers to these worthy questions were found to be a crime against humanity. But thanks to the policies of the Obama administration, these...
  • Obama Proposes a Toast

    03/12/2009 3:03:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 709+ views
    The Catholic Thing ^ | Wednesday, 11 March 2009 | William Saunders
    COLUMNS Wednesday, 11 March 2009 Obama Proposes a Toast By William Saunders    In 1942, C. S. Lewis published The Screwtape Letters, advice from a senior “tempter” to a novice about how to confuse us poor mortals, which may be summed up in a single sentence: “Your job is to fuddle them, not to encourage them to think.” In 1959, Screwtape appears again, in an essay titled, “Screwtape Proposes a Toast,” in which the senior tempter reflects on the state of the world and on what can be done to make it even worse. Those who listened to President Obama’s...
  • Stem Cell Go-Ahead Puts Obama at Odds With Pope

    03/10/2009 4:03:04 PM PDT · by kellynla · 23 replies · 986+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 10, 2009 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's lifting of restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research puts him at odds with Pope Benedict and the American Roman Catholic Church. After Obama signed the order on Monday, the Vatican and U.S. Church leaders condemned the move. One commentator said the test of "a real democracy" was its defense of the most defenseless. Obama's executive order reversed and repudiated restrictions placed on the research by his predecessor, George W. Bush, freeing labs across the country to start working with the cells, which can give rise to any kind of...
  • Embryonic Stem cell research: emotion over logic

    03/09/2009 10:45:29 PM PDT · by Reagan 2.0 · 5 replies · 548+ views
    Examiner ^ | 3-9-09 | Scott Martin
    Michael Harris, the NY Government Examiner, makes an emotional appeal in support of stem cell research, following President Obama's decision to end President Bush's ban on using taxpayer funds for such research. As many such appeals do, it relies on personal experience and emotion over a reasoned discussion of the proper role of the federal government. I have early-onsent generalized dystonia, a severe neurological disorder and have used a wheelchair since I was nine years old. Stem cell research is considered one of the best chances of finding new and better treatments for dystonia and ultimately developing a cure. At...
  • Stem Cells: Does Their Origin Matter?

    03/09/2009 7:55:16 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 51 replies · 1,341+ views
    Answers Magazine ^ | Dr. Georgia Purdom
    Stem Cells Does Their Origin Matter? Preserving lifeit is extremely important in the Christian faith. But what is the biblical definition of life, and how does this definition affect stem cell research?God clearly commands in Exodus 20:13: You shall not murder [the intentional, predatory killing of another] (NIV; see also Matthew 19:18; Romans 13:9). A big controversy today is that of determining when life begins. In the field of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), this determination is especially crucial. Because technology is advancing faster than societys ethics, we are left to solve such dilemmas in the midst of active...
  • Vatican Daily Slams Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    03/09/2009 8:05:36 PM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 598+ views ^ | March 7, 2009 | staff
    VATICAN CITY: The Vatican's newspaper is reiterating Catholic teaching that embryonic stem cell research is immoral as President Barack Obama prepares to lift a federal funding limit on such work. L'Osservatore Romano wrote Saturday that such research in the eyes of the Catholic church is "deeply immoral" and lamented that U.S. taxpayers' money will help fund embryonic stem cell research. Catholic teaching holds that life begins at conception and opposes research involving destruction of human embryos. The Vatican's newspaper quoted from a condemnation issued last year by U.S. bishops who expressed worry that there will be "no stopping point" if...
  • (Jewish) Groups Laud Obama Stem Cell Order

    03/09/2009 8:00:45 PM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 806+ views ^ | March 9, 2009 | staff
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups applauded President Obama's decision to lift the executive order restricting federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. "We wholeheartedly thank President Obama for his action on this important issue," Hadassah national president Nancy Falchuk said of Monday's decision. "Those suffering from debilitating diseases and disorders for which stem cell research holds great promise now have a renewed sense of hope, and we are optimistic for the future of embyronic stem cell research." Falchuk also urged Congress to "continue working on this issue" so that federal funds are "completely accessible" for such research. The Orthodox Union...
  • Early Show: Bush Ended Our Childs Chance To Survive

    03/09/2009 5:42:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies · 1,166+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yes, Bill Plante did acknowledge that the stem cell issue has deep moral and political implications. And yes, we did hear from a representative of the Family Research Council speaking in opposition to Pres. Obamas decision to lift the Bush-era ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. But that said, was it right for the Early Show to air the most inflammatory possible accusation against Pres. Bush? Recounting the story of a young boy who died of a rare and fatal genetic disease Plante stated that the boys parents: believe their sons chance of survival ended when President...
  • Im Guessing Thats Why Hes A Former Jesuit

    03/07/2009 6:33:39 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 549+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As a former Jesuit friend of mine said to me once, you know you shouldnt necessarily confuse the official positions of Rome with what it means to be a person of faith, with what it means to be a Catholic. Thats David Iverson, explaining on Good Morning America today why even as a church-attending Catholic he supports Pres. Obamas decision to overturn the Bush-era ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Introducing the segment, co-anchor Kate Snow did note that the decision was controversial, as later did reporter Lisa Stark, and we heard from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Ok.)...
  • Will Obama Bail Out Bad Science?

    02/20/2009 6:54:34 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 4 replies · 487+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2-20-09 | Gary Bauer
    Fresh off bailouts of the auto industry and big government, President Barack Obama is signaling that hes still in the mood for giveaways. This time he wants to give away American taxpayers money to bail out the failing embryonic stem cell research industry. Recently, Obama offered his guarantee that he would soon sign an executive order lifting limits on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). But the only thing forcing taxpayers to fund unproven, life-destroying research will guarantee is a refueling of the culture wars Obama spent an entire campaign pledging to extinguish. As with most issues related...
  • Brave New Pedagogues

    02/11/2009 11:44:13 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 224+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 11, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Brave New Pedagogues by: Malcolm A. Kline, February 11, 2009 Academics pride themselves on dreaming up the cutting edge ideas that govern us. That might not be a good thing. They frequently do so without any grave concern about the evidence behind their theories or any regard for the ethical problems inherent in adopting them. Thus, the Ivory Tower is a bastion of support for embryonic stem cell research even though thus far, it has been an abysmal failure and interfering with the creative process of birth is something that you will have to explain to the creator someday. Stanford...
  • South Dakota Legislature Considers Repeal of Ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    02/07/2009 6:54:25 PM PST · by Coleus · 365+ views
    dakota voice ^ | 02.04.09 | Bob Ellis
    A bill to remove South Dakotas restrictions against embryonic stem cell research was introduced yesterday in the state senate. SB 195 would strike from SDCL 34-14 the language prohibiting human embryos from being used for research. The bill was sponsored bySenators Nesselhuf, Adelstein, Nelson, and Turbak Berry and Representatives Engels, Blake, Cutler, Dreyer, Hoffman, Hunhoff (Bernie), McLaughlin, and Street.We knew this was coming for some time now. Last summer the Argus Leader ran an article about Sanford Health in Sioux Falls under the heading Sanford eyes stem cell study.In that article we read A new donation from philanthropist T. Denny...
  • Stem cells developed in Brazil without need of embryos

    02/06/2009 5:19:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 457+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Brasilia, Feb 5, 2009 Stem cells developed in Brazil without need of embryos Brasilia, Feb 5, 2009 / 08:02 pm (CNA).- Brazilian media reported this week that at least five groups of scientists are developing stem cells without using human embryos, thanks to a technique that uses human pluripotent stem cells (iPS) being developed in United States, Germany, Japan and China. At the end of January, a group of scientists led by Stevens Rehen of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Martin Bonamino of the Division of Experimental Medicine of the National Institute of...
  • Hybrid embryos fail to live up to stem-cell hopes

    02/03/2009 10:04:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 896+ views
    Nature News ^ | 3 February 2009 | Heidi Ledford
    Strategy for creating pluripotent cells called into question.The creation of human?animal hybrid embryos ? proposed as a way to generate embryonic stem cells without relying on scarce human eggs ? has met with legislative hurdles and public outcry. But a paper published this week suggests that the approach has another, more fundamental problem: it may simply not work. Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology, a stem-cell company based in Los Angeles, California, and his colleagues show that in their labs, early-stage human?cow, human?mouse and human?rabbit hybrid embryos fail to grow beyond 16 cells (Y. Chung et al. Cloning Stem Cells...
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Approved for Human Testing

    01/23/2009 6:14:35 AM PST · by nateriver · 4 replies · 355+ views
    RFU ^ | NateRiver
    Geron Corp gained federal permission this week to engage in using Human guinea pigs to study using Human embryonic stem cells for the treatment of spinal injury.... In Portugal, Dr. Carlos Lima has succeeded in using ADULT Stem Cells for spinal repair....
  • Scott & White doctors pioneering adult stem cell research

    01/12/2009 8:51:48 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 347+ views ^ | Monday, January 12, 2009 | By Cindy V. Culp
    Central Texans could soon be among some of the first people in the country to get relief from conditions ranging from diabetes to knee injuries through adult stem cell therapy. Scott & White health system, in conjunction with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, recently recruited a team of scientists who are conducting pioneering research using stem cells gleaned from adults bone marrow. The teams focus is to bring the benefits of stem cell therapy from the laboratory to patients, said Dr. Darwin J. Prockop, who heads up the group. Clinical trials involving diabetes patients are scheduled...
  • How not to argue for stem cell research

    12/13/2008 4:55:01 AM PST · by mattstat · 3 replies · 262+ views
    I received this press release from the Center for Inquiry (CFI), a group that grew out of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (or CSICOP). I receive these kinds of things daily from groups hoping I will publicize their causes. In this case, I decided to comply. E-mail: Center for Inquiry Calls Vaticans Position on Biomedical Technology Deplorable and Scientifically Insupportable Amherst, New York (December 12, 2008)In a move designed to firm up faith-based opposition to embryonic stem cell research and other cutting-edge biomedical technologies, the Vatican has released a 32-page document titled Dignitas...
  • Obama Expected to Lift Restrictions on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    11/23/2008 5:35:14 PM PST · by SoftTyranny · 14 replies · 530+ views ^ | 11/23/2008 | Soft Tyranny
    President-elect Barack Obama says he thinks its ethical to use embryos that would otherwise be destroyed for research into illnesses. From the Associated Press: When the Bush presidency ends, opponents of embryonic stem cell research will face a new political reality that many feel powerless to stop. President-elect Barack Obama is expected to lift restrictions on federal money for such research. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also has expressed interest in going ahead with legislation in the first 100 days of the new Congress if it still is necessary to set up a regulatory framework. We may lose it, but...
  • 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"....