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Obama’s Plan To Expand Stem Cell Research Blocked By Court

August 27, 2010 by  

Obama's plan to expand stem cell research blocked by court Dealing at least a temporary blow to the Obama administration’s planned expansion of stem cell research, a Federal judge has ordered a ban on public funding for these types of studies.

U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, Royce Lamberth, ruled that the guidelines published last year by the National Institutes of Health, which permitted Federal funding for studies on existing stem cell lines, violated Federal law that prohibits Federal funds to be used on research that destroys human embryos.

While social conservatives applauded the ruling, it has been met with criticism from many members of the scientific community.

"This injunction blocks important research on how to unlock the enormous potential of human embryonic stem cells," said Sean Tipton of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

"It will be incredibly disruptive and once again drive the best scientific minds into work less likely to yield treatments for conditions from diabetes to spinal cord injury," he added.

In March 2009, after a little more than a month in office, President Obama signed an executive order reversing the Bush administration’s ban on Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19930325-ADNFCR

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  • Dan Burke

    All this politics about embryonic stem cell research that I have been reading about.

    My faith teaches me that we don’t receive our spirit until we leave the womb. Yet my very faith also considers abortion a very serious sin with very, very limited conditions that it acceptable–such as the life of mother and child is in danger–in other words the pregnancy is killing them literally. So I cannot say on the issue of the morals of the whole thing.

    Now let me write the one thing I have learned all through this that is very interesting. If you could grow organs and so forth from embryonic stem cells, you WILL have to perform the same anti-rejection treatments that you do for organ transplants. The embryonic stem cells have the same problem that the organ transplant does. That is, genetically it is not the same as your genes and thus not native to your body so your immune system will attack it as a foreign body just the same. This is why organ donors often receive treatments to suppress their immune system.

    So what I read is that the most successful stem cell treatments actually come from “adult” stem cells. Why? Because they harvest from your body to treat your body. They have a much lower rejection rate of those cells because they ARE your cells.

    • Robert Smith

      Hi Dan,

      Posted: >>>The embryonic stem cells have the same problem that the organ transplant does.<<<

      Actually there is work going on that will get around that. That's one of the reasons that they need to study it.

      The ban on stem cell research is primarily religious based and AGAIN America isn't a theocracy where the beliefs of one religion can dominate others.

      BTW, are you aware of Catholics for Choice (CFC)? They were formerly Catholics for a Free Choice. It is a pro-choice organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1973 to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. It is currently led by President Jon O'Brien.

      Question: If the god of catholics gave them free will who are men to stop such a personal choice? Isn't this America where we can have the freedom to choose? Abortion isn't mentioned in our Constitution but many freedoms are.

      For those who are of a religious basis who are inclined to not have abortions they can act on their belief. If one was in China that abortion would be heavily favored. But, again, we are in America where we can choose.

      IF the precident is set to ban abortion who's to say another administration can't require it? We must keep choice for women.

      Rob

      • Linda

        First Rob, I am a woman. Second I was also raised a Catholic but I do not believe in everything of the Catholic Religion because all Religions are Man Made. Read the bible. That is the book to follow.

        As a woman I do not believe in killing. Especially unborn children. Everyone talks about a woman’s right to do with her body as she wishes. Well they have that choice before they lay down and spread their legs. Not after they do it. Abortions are killing period.

        I worked in the government and saw how we as tax payers pay for abortion which I totally am against. I saw a woman who had 10 abortions and we paid for it because she was on Medicaid. That is what is wrong with this country is that we thing we can do whatever we want with no conscience and stand up and say we are persecuted so society accepts what is happening.

        If we would get back to believing in God and doing what is right, than this country would be great again.

        The problem I have with all the scientific research is that when we start believing we can create life than we are in trouble. and that is what is happening. We believe we are as mighty as God. WE think we can treat our bodies anyway we want and than take a pill and it will make it better. That is why there is so much sickness in this world today. We listen to doctors instead of researching things ourselves and thinking for ourselves.

        We want everything that is easy and nothing that is hard.

        Well I have done my ranting for the morning. Sorry but I had to put my two cents in.

        • eddie47d

          Linda; Thank you for your strong beliefs and that choice is welcomed. On the other hand so is someones elses choice. I believe that person who had `10 abortions is a weak and reckless person. Can you imagine that same person having 10 kids and taking responsibility for them ? That could be 10 children on welfare or abused.

          • Jim H.

            Eddie, Those ten CHILDREN (now dead) could have been adopted by a loving family also. People talk about CHOICE, not what it is that they are choosing to do. If I choose to shoot some one, that would be a CHOICE. A poor choice, but a choice all the same.

        • Robert Smith

          From Linda: >>><<>>First Rob, I am a woman.<<>> Second I was also raised a Catholic but I do not believe in everything of the Catholic Religion because all Religions are Man Made. Read the bible. That is the book to follow.<<>>As a woman I do not believe in killing.<<>> Especially unborn children.<<>> Everyone talks about a woman’s right to do with her body as she wishes.<<>>Well they have that choice before they lay down and spread their legs.<<>>Abortions are killing period.<<>>I worked in the government and saw how we as tax payers pay for abortion which I totally am against.<<>>”What is the Hyde Amendment?
          Passed by Congress in 1976, the Hyde Amendment excludes abortion from the comprehensive health care services provided to low-income people by the federal government through Medicaid. Congress has made some exceptions to the funding ban, which have varied over the years. At present, the federal Medicaid program mandates abortion funding in cases of rape or incest, as well as when a pregnant woman’s life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury.”<<>> I saw a woman who had 10 abortions<<>>and we paid for it because she was on Medicaid.<<>> That is what is wrong with this country is that we thing we can do whatever we want with no conscience and stand up and say we are persecuted so society accepts what is happening.<<>>If we would get back to believing in God and doing what is right, than this country would be great again.<<>>The problem I have with all the scientific research is that when we start believing we can create life than we are in trouble.<<>>A team of biologists and chemists is closing in on bringing non-living matter to life.
          It’s not as Frankensteinian as it sounds. Instead, a lab led by Jack Szostak, a molecular biologist at Harvard Medical School, is building simple cell models that can almost be called life. <<>> We believe we are as mighty as God.<<>> WE think we can treat our bodies anyway we want and than take a pill and it will make it better. That is why there is so much sickness in this world today. We listen to doctors instead of researching things ourselves and thinking for ourselves.<<>>We want everything that is easy and nothing that is hard.<<>>We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. <<< See the entire speech at: http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/jfk-space.htm

          We need some of that inspiration again, not the hate and "no" sense from the extreme right that is standing in the way of scientific research and progress in America.

          Rob

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Robert,
            I they want to do stem cell research with the blood from the umbilicle cord only then ok. but that isn’t what they want to do. they want to reproduce a living embryo and kill it before it reaches it’s maturity. That is wrong, completely wrong. Just because we CAN do something doesn’t mean we SHOULD! We kill embryos now to cure mans ills and where does it end? Well you are poor and a drain on society and Mr. D is rich and a productive member of society so we are going to “harvest” your heart to cure him of his heart disease!!!! A little gorish but not that farfetched. Especially since it happens in third world countries quite often!!!! Kidneys, livers, all types of organs are ‘harvested” there!! It isn’t with consent, either!!! victims are found in alleys with sutures and infections all the time!!!

          • Robert Smith

            From Joe H.: >>> We kill embryos now to cure mans ills and where does it end?<<<

            Slippery slope arguments just don't hold any validity.

            For example, in Oregon where assisted suicide has been legal since 1998. (notwithstanding the Bush administration's effort to overturn what was voted on TWICE)

            Can you cite ONE case that supports your bogus argument, Joe? Clue: There aren't any.

            In FACT where it will end is that there will eventually be cures for some of the more awful malidies impacting society. That's a good thing.

            Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Robert says that all the people against this are going by their faith? Dude, there are even agnostics and atheists who don’t believe in this either. What about them, hmmm? The one thing that also worries people is that some women would get pregnant, have an abortion for the research, and get paid for doing that. What do you think about that? There is no choice for committing murder of the innocent.

            “Woe unto those that harm the innocent, for it would be better that a millstone be placed around their neck and they be cast inot the sea. For this is a lesser punishment than the special one God has waiting for them.”

            Then, if you really do believe in this nonsense. Have your wife or girlfriend get pregnant, have an abortion, get paid for it, and see how you feel. You said once that you are a conservative, but conservatives believe in traditional values and not the slaughtering of innocent unborn babies. Next time, please cite your sources and give factual evidence of how the killing of unborn babies is necessary for others to survive. You must worship some idol or satan to believ in human sacrifice. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Conservative at Birth

        Have you no regard for the sanctity of life. We were all zygots once. To destroy life is to destroy life. There can be no moral justification other than to protect another life period. To do so, will lead to euthenasia for the non-productive amongst us.

        • Robert Smith

          Now now, Conservative at Birth… You don’t have to worry.

          You stated: >>>To do so, will lead to euthenasia for the non-productive amongst us.<<>>To do so, will lead to euthenasia for the non-productive amongst us.<<< It just ain't true and it can be considered inspirational for someone to go out and shoot a doctor. BTW, there is NO question about the lives of born doctors who have been murdered.

          Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            At least the doctors can defend themselves and their immoral practice, but an unborn child cannot. Way toooooooo much lib, gay loving, pro baby killing crack on a daily basis.

      • Conservative at Birth

        You are saying that it is all right for me to have my religious beliefs. If that is so, then I have the right to withold my finacning of any thing that violates my conscience. I choose not to fund abortions or embryonic stem cell research. You may fund those activities all you want, but you don’t have the right to steal my assets for your pet projects!!!!!!!!!!!

        • eddie47d

          Pet projects like wars and killing. Now there is a choice we can live without.

        • Robert Smith

          Hi Conservative at Birth,

          You posted: >>> I choose not to fund abortions or embryonic stem cell research. <<<

          I choose not to fund the dumb wars Bush got us into by lying. I choose not to fund those who want to find out what books I took out of the library. I choose not to fund police protection for anti-abortion protesters.

          Rob

          • http://?? Joe H.

            robert smith,
            how about the ones Nobama supports and expands???

          • http://naver samurai

            How about police protection for the doctors who slaughter innocent unborn babies? Is that OK, moron? Bush didn’t lie to get us into those wars. Don’t forget Clinton, Tony Blair, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and others had the same intel as Bush did. The only exception was that Bush decided to act on it, unlike Clinton who said Osama should be taken out, but failed to do so 3 times (These are all facts and are officially recorded). We went to Afghanistan and kicked out the taliban and sent al queda running for the hills (literally). We went to Iraq to knock out Saddam and free the Iraqi people, both I say “mission accomplished.” If you had any balls or love for country, why didn’t you sign up and go? Robet Smith sounds like someone I know, so don’t listen to him. He’s just trying to blow smoke in your eyes. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Bob from Socal

        Hello Robert,
        You seem to be very worried about about the freedom of choice. Do you give an aborted baby a choice when you tear it apart piece by piece. As for choice, God gives you the free will to go to Hell if you want to. So choose wisley!

        • Robert Smith

          Bob from Socal says: >>>Do you give an aborted baby a choice when you tear it apart piece by piece. As for choice, God gives you the free will to go to Hell if you want to. So choose wisley!<<<

          Your belief, not mine. It's that simple and America isn't a theocracy.

          BTW, "hell" is a christian invention. I ain't one of them so for me there is no hell.

          Rob

          • http://?? Joe H.

            robert,
            I prey you don’t find out too late you are wrong!!!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            sorry that should be pray not prey!

          • Robert Smith

            Please don’t involve me in your religion by preying on me.

            Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Really? I’ll personally have my family start praying for you tonight. We’ll ask God to forgive you of your satanic ways and to knock you upside your head to get you back into the light. The U.S. may not be a theocracy, but it is a christian nation and not secular, as your false “messiah” Obama bin Laden said it was in Rev. Wright’s church in 2006. Since you don’t care where you go or that you are starting to feel the heat, I’ll bring you a 20 ton dump full of coal to stoke the furnace for you. Sound good to you? You sound like a person that hasn’t done anything in their life , except cause hate and discontent. Remember:

            “What ye sew, so shall ye wreap.”

            Oh, by the way, this is my choice to speak this way to you and to push my religion. Do you like how I’m using my freedoms now? Let’s take this country back from these fools (like robert smith) and get it back on the right path. Let’s get out the brooms and sweep the dirt out of Washington. Let freedom ring! Let freedom ring! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Deborah, Texas

        ummm, I agree with the judge. Sorry scientist, but right now the last thing we need is for you to have the ability to do the public harm by finding a way to clone this person acting as our president or make biological weapons out of our own code.
        Crazy as it sounds, it’s doable.
        Maybe we can get back to curing people after this crisis is over. Right now, just sit down and hold your breath.

        I’m against abortions. It damages the soul of the person having it performed by committing murder. The souls of the doctors that perform the abortions are already gone. They have nothing to lose but they can take you with them.

    • EddieW

      They no longer need embryoinic stem cells…Colorado was helaing thousand of peole of severe and debilitating injuries using the patients own stem cells…The Federal DEATH Administration (FDA) stepped in and called it a drug…and cancelled the entire program and made them close the clinics!!! It’s helping too many people, and big pharma is not making money from it…therefore it’s out!!! To hell with the people!! After all it’s [policies have caused the death of over 13,000 with one product alone, and over 100,000 heart attacks and strokes…FDA told them, “Put a stronger warning label on the box and have a good day”!! Avandia is the name

      • Deborah, Texas

        Now, programs of this nature should continue. This was an injustice to the American people. Cheap and healthier cures…just unbelievable!

      • Robert Smith

        EddieW says: >>>They no longer need embryoinic stem cells…<<<

        They sure do. The creationist type of "science" arguments against such just don't hold any common sense.

        BTW, a Reagan appointed judge ruled against the Red Lion, PA, school board that was ousted in an election after the court case.

        Rob

        • http://naver samurai

          Creation isn’t a science, moron. If you read the first 2-3 chapters of Genesis you would know this. No common sense? How can some ignorant lib like you have any common sense. Next time state sources and some real facts before you post. Everyone, don’t listen to this person. He’s just another one of Obama bin Laden’s lost souls and shouldn’t even be replied to. If you don’t he’ll just go away. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • L.S.

      Actually, embryonic stem cells are of significantly greater value for research because they have the ability to grow into almost any tissue, i.e. muscle, skin, organ, etc. They reproduce more vigorously while adult cells are sluggish and difficult to grow. They are much more specialized and therefore are more difficult to use because they will not grow into certain tissues.

  • WOODBUTCHER

    If these stem cells were not important to research
    I really dont beleive that the scientists would want to use them just because they are controversial or because it offends some one.
    If they are just going to be discarded any way why should we deny them access to them if there is even the slightest possability that they could one day lead to a treatment for a child who has never walked or seen their mother or father or any other one of a endless list of ailments that could be treated by at least trying to make use of what is other wise going to be discarded as medical waste .I know this is hard for many to agree with beacuse of moral reasons and some people beleive that abortion is wrong i dont really like the idea of it being used for birth control but as long as it is happening there is no reason to not allow research to be done.I really dont see how this is any differant than a person donating their organs when they die ..

    • Conservative at Birth

      Can you point to any success in the embryonic stem cell research? I have read about the success in adult stem cell field, but not the embryonic. What about cord blood stem cells? Which, I have also read that they are actually more productive than embryonic stem cells. What if they do find some cure for a disease that involves the taking of a live walking talking human being. Will you be for that too? Where will you draw the line? When it is your life that is threatened. Or will you stand up and defend someone elses life?

      • Bob from Socal

        Hello Conservative,

        Thank you for standing up for what is right. These people for research at any cost are diluded and blinded. They have fallen for the propaganda that is being spewed forth by the current technocracy. They do not have the Holy Spirit living within them or the truth would be plain as day. I pray that God shows them the truth before it is to late for them.

      • Robert Smith

        Hello Conservative at Birth…

        Why is embrionic behind? Because the Bush administration screwed with it and took it off the table in America. We are eightyears behind because of that religious decision.

        Rob

        • http://naver samurai

          Sorry, but standing by your convictions makes you the stronger person and leader. State some sources to back up what you are saying.

  • Dee Ell

    How much further must we go before we realize what we are doing is pure evil?

    I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Jeremiah 1:5

    • Robert Smith

      From Dee: >>>How much further must we go before we realize what we are doing is pure evil?<<<

      Evil is denying free will granted by the christian god and in America. Who are you to deny someone a choice that the god wants someone to make for themselvles to test them?

      BTW, I'm not of your religion and I resent you getting your ticket to your heaven by involving me in your rituals. Please keep your religon to yourself. Remember, this is America, not Iran.

      Rob

      • Conservative at Birth

        No one is asking you to accept or reject someone elses religion. Just don’t force me to pay for your pet projects.

        • Robert Smith

          From Conservative at Birth: >>> Just don’t force me to pay for your pet projects.<<<

          IMO you really should do some research. Check out the Hyde Ammendment.

          Rob

          • GregS

            Robert Smith, YOU are the one who should do some research! The Hyde Amendment has been virtually overturned with the advent of ObummerCare. The bill, as passed, is riddled with language that mandates federal funding of abortions. The Hyde Amendment only covers annual appropriations to HHS for CURRENT programs. It does NOT cover any NEW programs that will be created in ObummerCare. Furthermore, the phony executive order that Obummer created to prevent federal funding of abortions, when the bill was passed, will not hold up in a court of law, because the president does NOT have the power to amend laws by executive order. One last thing, Robert Smith: It was bad enough that you got Roe v Wade in ’73. Now, you pro-aborts want to cram birth control abortions down the throat of every taxpayer in the country!

          • Robert Smith

            >>> The Hyde Amendment has been virtually overturned with the advent of ObummerCare.<<<

            Oh wow! Another who has fallen for the BIG LIE from Rush. In fact the Hyde ammendment is still in place and it is very rare (to save the life of the mother) that the government pays for an abortion.

            I don't know why entertainers like Rush make such stuff up. Oh, actually I do. It's a red meat issue that keeps those who want to follow in tow.

            Rob

          • http://?? Joe H.

            rob,
            I didn’t get anything from rush on this topic. It effects me very much so I looked up a great number of the things in the original bill. There is no reason to believe what I read then isn’t in the bill now so why should I believe you??? The bill is, indeed riddled with holes that would allow abortions, I suggest YOU read it as well!!! You will never convince me you have!!!

          • GregS

            Robert Smith, YOU are the one who has “fallen for the BIG LIE” from Obummer…Or should I say HALF TRUTH. Of course, the Hyde Ammendment is “still in place.” Obummer keeps repeating this like a mantra. However, as I said previously, and as Obummer has conveniently not mentioned, the Hyde Ammendment only covers the CURRENT HHS appropriations, which are renewed annually. It will NOT cover any new programs created in ObummerCare. When ObummerCare gets into full swing, the Hyde Admendment will no longer apply, because the old programs, which are CURRENTLY funded by annual HHS appropriations, will be replaced by new programs in ObummerCare. And BTW, I did NOT get it from Rush that ObummerCare is riddled with language that mandates federal funding of abortions…I read it myself. In fact, I don’t even know what Rush had to say about all of this. As Joe H. suggested, YOU need to read the bill yourself. It’s very apparent that you haven’t!

          • Robert Smith

            Hi Folks,

            Let’s deal with reality here. The Hyde ammendment is still alive and well.

            Check out: >>>U.S. Catholic Bishops Endorse Permanent Hyde Amendment
            By PETER J. SMITH

            Saturday, August 28, 2010
            Comments (0)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Catholic Bishops are endorsing a bill proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would apply permanent Hyde amendment restrictions to abortion funding in federal programs.<<<

            If the Bishops think it's working who am I to disagree?

            Find the entire article at: http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2010/08/28/news/nation/doc4c79a5a859f23373250531.txt

            Rob

          • Robert Smith

            Here is more reality. From the bill itself: >>>”SEC. 507. (a) None of the funds appropriated in this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated in this Act, shall be expended for any abortion. (b) None of the funds appropriated in this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated in this Act, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. . . SEC. 508. (a) The limitations established in the preceding section shall not apply to an abortion– (1) if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or (2) in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.” (from Public Law 111-8 , H.R. 1105, Division F, Title V, General Provisions, italics added for emphasis.) <<<

            What part of death of the mother as an exception don't you understand?

            Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            The federal government spending money on abortions is against the Constitution and our christian founding fathers. You talk about the life of the mother? Have her or her doctor show that she’ll die if she don’t. Don’t tell us this crap. Many women get an abortion because they don’t want to take their responsibility to raise a child. They would rather throw it out to keep drinking, partying, or some other immoral lifestyle. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • GregS

            Robert, you need to get your facts straight!!! Here are the reasons why:

            1. >>>Robert Smith says: August 29, 2010 at 9:15 am<<>>Robert Smith says: August 29, 2010 at 9:19 am<<>>’SEC. 507. (a) None of the funds…’”

            - This is NOT from the healthcare bill (ObummerCare)!!! It’s from the Hyde Admendment!!! No one argues that the Hyde Amendment restricts funding for abortions, so what’s your point, Robert??? ObummerCare, however, is riddled with language that allows federal funding for ALL abortions.

          • GregS

            Robert, you need to get your facts straight!!! Here are the reasons why (continued):

            2. >>>Robert Smith says: August 29, 2010 at 9:15 am<<< "The Hyde ammendment is still alive and well…The U.S. Catholic Bishops are endorsing a bill proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would apply permanent Hyde amendment restrictions to abortion funding in federal programs…"

            - We all know that the Hyde Ammendment "is alive and well." No one is arguing that point, Robert, so why are YOU??? However, IT DOES NOT APPLY TO NEW PROGRAMS CREATED IN OBUMMERCARE!!! IT ONLY APPLIES TO CURRENT HHS APPROPRIATIONS THAT ARE RENEWED ANNUALLY!!!

            - I am well aware of the bill in the House that would apply permanent Hyde amendment restrictions. However, that bill is NOT yet a reality. It needs to be passed in both the House and Senate, and be signed by the President, before it becomes law. Otherwise, the Hyde Amendment, in its current form, will eventually go away as new programs in ObummerCare kick in, therefore allowing federal funding for ALL abortions.

      • coal miner

        Robert Smith,

        Comes no susprise to me.This has been going on since the Scopes trial.Religious nuts have always interfered with scientific research. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11066277

        • Robert Smith

          From coal miner: >>>This has been going on since the Scopes trial.<<<

          Yes, Scopes was fined but time has redeemed him. Sadly there are those who insist that dumb "theories" (as opposed to what they actually are – fictional stories just like Amun jerking off).

          There was a tremendous gain made in the trial that ousted the creationists from the Red Lion, PA, school district. Sadly in Texas they are sitll messing with text books but eventually that will fall to reality and facts.

          Rob

      • Deborah, Texas

        Well Rob, Dear…freedom of speech is a gift I don’t intend to give up. God Given Right.

        As far as any ritual performed on you or tickets to heaven and keep my religion to myself. lol…that is another freedom of mine that I do not wish to give up. I’ll speak of God when I want. Does it irate me at times when someones tries to prove a point by spurting hateful sounding stuff from the Bible that I don’t buy into? Yes, but then again…I don’t see them stoning, whipping or murdering people in the streets as God’s justice. So I let them be.

        I wonder if the left thinks they’ll be able to buy their way into heaven? lol That I can’t wait to see!

        • Robert Smith

          From Deborah: >>> I’ll speak of God when I want. <<<

          Good for you. Does "he" (or maybe it's a she) listen? Or maybe there isn't anything there.

          BTW, I've met a person or two who have heard voices they claimed were divine. Fortunately they are lockd up because the voices told them to do bad things.

          Rob

          • http://?? Joe H.

            robert,
            And I have talked to a few that have heard voices that they claim was God and they are still walking around free as the voice said to GO AND DO GOOD!!! And as far as I could see, they obeyed!!

          • Robert Smith

            Joe, I have absolutely no doubt you know people who hear voices in their head.

            Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            God and Jesus have been around since the beginning of time. Fortunately, your “messiah” will have no job after 2012! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • L.S.

        Here, here! Christian arrogance is not Christ-like!

    • Karolyn

      Because we are all spirits that come into this material world via the reproductive system. Any spirit that does not arrive in human form is free to return if it so wishes. This is reincarnation, and it has been documented. Did you see the story about the little boy with the fascination with WWII and planes. He knew the whole story of his past life. They even traced it to an actual man who was shot down and died. The father would not believe it as a Christian until the research was complete but is now a believer.

      • http://naver samurai

        I think you have been watching tooooooooo many horror and sci fi movies.

  • http://hipage.com Al

    Rob,Because this is America and not Iran I do not have to keep my religion to myself. I suggest you go back to Iran if you do not like a christians perspective!

    • Robert Smith

      Al says: >>>,Because this is America and not Iran I do not have to keep my religion to myself.<<<

      You don't get to inflict it upon me. America is NOT a theocracy.

      Rob

      • http://?? Joe H.

        robert,
        no one is inflicting it on you. you have the choice to not read their comments or even better you have the choice to leave the site!!!

        • Robert Smith

          Hi Joe H.,

          Awwww, what’s the matter Joe? Looks to me like you don’t like the truth.

          Rob

      • http://naver samurai

        We may not be a theocracy, rob, but we know the truth and it sure isn’t the BS you have been spewing up on this site.

        “Thou salt not kill.” This also covers unborn babies.

        “Thou shalt not lie.” Which is what you’ve been doing constantly on this site also.

        I’m going to write to my brother, who is a pastor, and have him post on this site. I’ll have him personally find you and give you one really good fire and brimstone speach. Once you said that you were protestant, why did you quit? You’re going to meet your master satan if you keep living and talking crap like this. We’ll prey (pray) for you and find out where you live. We’ll purposely find a pastor, or 2 or 3 or 4, to come knocking on your door and preach the gospel to you. I’ll have them sprinkle holy water on your head and have you baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And all this will be done to you before luchtime. Then, the real work will start. How about that, moron? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Robert Smith

      BTW, it seems Al just can’t seem to stick to facts. I guess the rule is “anything for a dig.” Sounds like another Swift Boat effort but I guess that’s all that’s left when there are no facts to support them.

      Let’s see exactly what Al did: >>> I suggest you go back to Iran<<>> if you do not like a christians perspective!<<<

      I don't have to go to Iran if I don't like a christians perspective. Again please quit making stuff up. I'm in America where I can not like christians forcing their beliefs upon me all I want. MOF, I can do it in public. The only alleged penalty for not going along with christians is that they will damn me to hell. Clue Al, I don't believe in the christian hell so that isn't a threat.

      Please stick to facts and quit inflicting your imagination upon me.

      Rob

      • http://?? Joe H.

        robert,
        He didn’t say you HAD to go back, he SUGGESTED you go!!! Learn the difference!!!

      • http://naver samurai

        Christianity, God, Jesus, heaven, and hell are not stories. Remember, you were a christian once. I remember last week that you posted that fact on this site. They ways of you lib, marxist, commie, pro baby killing, rump ranging, people burdening people, like yourself, is just a fantasy world you live in. Better come back to reality before God and Jesus, along with my fellow patriots, set you straight. By the way, I also have earned the right to speak about God as much as I want to. If you don’t like it, go to Cuba, Iran, etc., and live there. I’m sure they would embrace you with open arms, comrade! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://www.radiantlife.me Beverly

    It has been irrefutably (?sp) proven that adult stem cells which are already diffrentiated into what they are to do, are superior to embryonic stem cells. These criminals use this poppycock to continue the reason to have all of these abortions as well as to have public money to pay the GOOD salaries for all of these so-called researchers…otherwise, they’d be like a lot of the rest of us…out of work. It is like the global warming crap. It has been proven that our footprint, relative to warming, is VERY small. They have to keep it going so they can tax the heck out of us, cause our heating and electrical costs to go up…and God only knows what else… Rape the wealth out of this country and put it elsewhere while they keep us confounded with racial, religious and cultural differences…and not to mention all of the crappy entertainment and lousy education…wake up people. The agenda going on here is not a pretty picture. Stick a fork in me..I’m done with my rant too…lol

  • libra

    it is a shame that at least one of our great teaching hospitals has had to relocate their research dept. to singapore which has no restrictions on stem cell research. what is wrong with discovering ways to use our own stem cells to regenerate new organs for diseased organs? what is the problem with researching new methods for dealing with spinal cord injuries, parkinsons and other horrible neuromuscular diseases? i have enough faith in medical research to believe that no abuses of embryos about to be discarded and that only pure medical research will be done. we are all the beneficiaries of our medical miracles of today. our wounded warriors will be the better for this research and we owe them the best medical care on the planet. that is about the only thing that i agree with the messiah on. keep religion out of this very important research.

    • eddie47d

      Libra; Good comment. South Korea and other countries are also doing this research. Our stubbornness is sending research overseas and we may have to buy this research from them if they have the edge on it. If there is a greater good in helping injured people we needn’t be afraid. If someone wants to create a frankinstein type monster then the plug should be pulled on that type of project.

      • http://naver samurai

        As long as the taxpayer doesn’t have to pay for it and you don’t have to kill babies/embryos, then go for it.

  • jim

    look, religous issues aside. Some company will end up making billions off the results of this research when the taxpayers get done paying for it, so, let the private sector pay for the reasearch.

    • Robert Smith

      Hey Jim! You posted: >>>Some company will end up making billions off the results of this research when the taxpayers get done paying for it, so, let the private sector pay for the reasearch.<<<

      That's ANOTHER reason why the current pay or die system of health care should be torn down and a system that everyone has access to should be put in place.

      Rob

      • http://?? Joe H.

        robert,
        a lady just up the street from me ran up a bill of over 350 thousand dollars at our hospital. They gave her a very lenient payment plan that will never pay the whole bill off and she is only 35 years old. when she was laid off for three months, they forgave her payments till she got back to work. now how in the fiddle dee hell is that not EQUAL access??? I know, you want it for free!!!

        • Robert Smith

          Hi Joe,

          It sure is handy that these mysterious charity cases come up as if it were a gift from some got to make a point. Let’s look at the one Joe gave us: >>>a lady just up the street from me ran up a bill of over 350 thousand dollars at our hospital<<<

          Really. Was that to save her life? Ain't you pro-life? People are DYING in America because they can't afford health care. I would like to think that anyone who is pro-life would be screaming for universal health care.

          But rather than hearing advocacy for health care I keep hearing selfish screeches and anecdotal stories about people who they would deny health care.

          Just goes to show me how false and shallow "pro-life" is.

          Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Don’t forget rob 2 of our founding principles of self reliance and personal responsibility. No one is responsible to pay this but her. She must rely on herself, not the government, to get things done. What part of this don’t you understand? Besides rob, how is this woman the same as killing unborn defenseless babies? People like you are not just pro gay lover, baby killers, but are also pro death of anyone and anything that is different from you. Nopw just bend over abd kiss me where the sun don’t shine! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • WOODBUTCHER

    The fact remains abortion is legal in the USA and since it is legal for now denying access to what is legally considered medical waste just out of spite because the law is not what some want it to be is just cruel .May be other forms of stem cell rrsearch is better than embryotic but there is no reason to stop this if they continue long enough who knows what they may find.Or is that what every one is scared of ? that this may actually prove to be benificial and may lead to better quality of life for some people who now have very little .If there is even the slightest of chances that a life can be saved or improved by doing this research we should not be blinded by emotion or spite towards a law that some disagree with when there is so much at stake.We have to remember not all religions in america are against abortion and if we are to preserve the first amendment we need to acknowledge all of them not just the popular ones.In america the constitution protects all beleifs not just those of people who beleive in god. Our laws are written to protect all our rights including the right not to worship any god .So if people feel like they want to live some where that religious leaders make and enforce the laws i hear the middle east has several very nice countrys where that type of society exists..

    • http://?? Joe H.

      WOODBUTCHER,
      As your buddy robert said above, I don’t have to leave. I have the right to my religeon and that IS in the constitution, but your separation of church and state isn’t!!!!!

      • Robert Smith

        Hi Joe,

        Looks to me like your brand of christanity sure is weak if it needs secular laws to get folks to follow your version of “morals.”

        Again, please leave me and anyone else who doesn’t want your version of christanity out of it.

        Rob

        • http://naver samurai

          Go back to church! Go back to church! Praise be to the Lord our God for coming to this site to deliver this poor lost soul from the pits of hades. In the name of Jesus! In the name of Jesus! In the name of Jesus! In the name of Jesus! In the name of Jesus! Hallelujah, Amen! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Jim H.

    If embryonic stem cell research is immoral, abortion is also. Even though adult stem cells have been more successful, the push has been for the embryonic cells. The pro-choicers know if they concede on the stem cells that abortion isn’t far behind. The problem is by pushing for embryonic, we are falling behind on the more promising adult cell research. How far along would we be if we weren’t trying to protect abortion?

    • coal miner

      Bullsh**t

      For more articles on biology and medicine, see Biology and Medicine categories in index.
      BIOLOGY & MEDICINE

      The Case for Adult Stem Cell Research

      by Wolfgang Lillge, M.D.

      (Full text of article from Winter 2001-2002 21st Century)

      What Are Stem Cells, Exactly?
      Problems of ‘Therapeutic Cloning’

      Whoever Would Cure, Must Use Adult Stem Cells

      Human Treatments

      For more articles on biology and medicine, check the subject index
      The question of stem cells is currently the dominant subject in the debate over biotechnology and human genetics: Should we use embryonic stem cells or adult stem cells for future medical therapies? Embryonic stem cells are taken from a developing embryo at the blastocyst stage, destroying the embryo, a developing human life. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are found in all tissues of the growing human being and, according to latest reports, also have the potential to transform themselves into practically all other cell types, or revert to being stem cells with greater reproductive capacity. Embryonic stem cells have not yet been used for even one therapy, while adult stem cells have already been successfully used in numerous patients, including for cardiac infarction (death of some of the heart tissue).

      Stem cells are of wide interest for medicine, because they have the potential, under suitable conditions, to develop into almost all of the different types of cells. They should therefore be able to repair damaged or defective tissues (for example, destroyed insulin-producing cells in the pancreas). Many of the so-called degenerative diseases, for which there are as yet no effective therapies, could then be alleviated or healed.

      It is remarkable that in the debate–often carried on with little competence–the potential of embryonic stem cells is exaggerated in a one-sided way, while important moral questions and issues of research strategy are passed over in silence. Generally, advocates of research with embryonic stem cells use as their main argument that such research will enable us to cure all of the diseases that are incurable today–cancer, AIDS, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, and so forth. Faced with such a prospect, it is supposed to be “acceptable” to “overlook” a few moral problems.

      On closer inspection, however, the much extolled vision of the future turns out to be a case of completely empty promises: Given the elementary state of research today, it is by no means yet foreseeable, whether even one of the hoped-for treatments can be realized. Basically, such promised cures are a deliberate deception, for behind the mirage of a coming medical wonderland, promoted by interested parties, completely other research objectives will be pursued that are to be kept out of public discussion as much as possible.

      Perfect candor should rule in stem cell research. This requires that the scientist himself clearly establish the moral limits of his activity and declare what the consequences of research with embryonic stem cells really are. In the process, no one can escape the fact that, should one wish to use embryonic stem cells for “therapeutic purposes,” the very techniques will be developed that will also be used for the cloning of human beings, the making of human-animal hybrids, the manipulation of germ lines, and the like–thus for everything other than therapeutic purposes. Any coverup or hypocrisy in this matter will very quickly reflect upon the research as a whole.

      What Are Stem Cells, Exactly?
      It is appropriate here to sketch the characteristics of stem cells, and the overthrow of some dogmas of developmental biology. Broadly speaking, a stem cell is one that–in the course of cell division and increase in the numbers of cells–is able to reproduce itself and also mature into various specialized types of cells. The stem cell with the greatest potential (totipotential) is the fertilized egg cell, which is capable of developing into a complete organism.

      According to the usual–but actually very doubtful–explanation, the fertilized egg cell has totipotential up to the stage of division into eight cells, and in later stages the cells retain only “pluripotential.” That is, they can form many different types of tissues, but not the complete organism. Embryonic stem cells–that is, those 50 cells within a blastocyst, which then continue to develop into the embryo proper–have this pluripotential. In the course of further specialization, stem cells of individual tissues are formed, such as that of the bone marrow, from which all the other kinds of blood cells develop.

      Behind this description lies the conception that a linear process of differentiation is played out, in the development of the individual, toward increasingly “mature,” specialized cells in the individual tissues, from totipotentiality to tissue specificity. This process is supposed to run only forward, but never backward. That is, as soon as a cell has reached a certain degree of “maturity,” the way back to earlier stages of development is closed off. So it is evident that a stem cell’s capacity to perform is increasingly limited to specific functions, and it loses, correspondingly, the manifold capabilities still present in earlier developmental stages.

      According to latest reports, however, this dogma of developmental biology does not hold. Evidently, tissue-specific stem cells have the ability–as has been impressively demonstrated in experiments with animals–to “transdifferentiate” themselves when in a different environment–that is, to take on the cell functions of the new tissue. Thus, neuronal stem cells of mice have transformed themselves into blood stem cells and produced blood cells. Indeed, there are indications of another capability of adult stem cells: Apparently they have the potential to be “reprogrammed.” Not only can they adjust to the specific conditions of a new tissue environment, but they can even assume more generalized, earlier levels of development, so that it even appears possible that they become totipotent again.

      Laboratory Virola in Ukraine has demonstrated that bone marrow stromal cells in culture are pluripotent–that is, they are able to differentiate into cells of liver, bone, fat, cartilage, and so on. Researchers at this laboratory have developed techniques to differentiate in vitro mouse bone marrow stromal cells into different types of neuronal and glial cells. The laboratory is seeking funds to develop similar methods for human bone marrow stromal cells.
      Laboratory Virola

      Problems of ‘Therapeutic Cloning’
      Until now, talk of a possible source of human replacement tissue has centered on embryonic stem cells, the production of which has been extremely controversial. They are a typical product of “consuming embryonic research,” so called, because in obtaining them from a human embryo produced by artificial fertilization in vitro, the embryo is destroyed.

      The most important research technique for which such embryos are obtained is “therapeutic cloning.” In principle, a human egg cell is denucleated, that is, the DNA is removed, and in its place is put the nucleus of a somatic (body) cell. The egg cell is stimulated with a short electrical pulse, and it then develops into the blastocyst, from which stem cells can be removed. These are identical with those of the donor of the somatic cell nucleus.

      Normally it goes unmentioned, that it is only a small step from this so-called “therapeutic cloning” (because, it is claimed, in this way a therapy for diseases can be developed) to what is called “reproductive cloning.” The only difference is that the development of the embryo is not interrupted in the early blastocyst stage; instead the embryo is implanted in a uterus and a complete organism develops–an exact genetic copy of the donor. “Dolly,” the first cloned sheep, was produced by this method, and here is the basis for the widespread fear that the same method that is used for “therapeutic cloning” can also be used for the selective breeding of humans.

      In addition to the obvious moral consideration, there are still other serious disadvantages that make this path to the development of human “replacement parts” appear to be untenable.

      The danger of tumors. So far there has been no solution to the problem of developing in the laboratory an unmistakable identifier for stem cells that can distinguish them unequivocally from cancer cells. For this reason, it is also not possible to produce sufficiently pure cell cultures from stem cells. So far, with embryonic mouse stem cells, a purity of only 80 percent has been achieved. That is in no way sufficient for cell transplantation as a human therapy. In a cell culture for therapeutic purposes, there must not be a single undifferentiated cell, since it can lead to unregulated growth, in this case to the formation of teratomas, a cancerous tumor derived from the germ layers. This problem would not be expected with adult stem cells, because of their greater differentiation.

      Genetic instability. Only recently a further problem has emerged. Fundamental doubt of the suitability of embryonic stem cells for transplantation has come to the surface because of the genetic instability of cloned cells.

      Cloned animals like Dolly give the outward appearance of full health, but the probability of their having numerous genetic defects is very high. Moreover, the entire cloning procedure is extremely ineffective. Most cloned animals die before birth, and of those born alive, not even half survive for three weeks. In the best case, there is a success rate of 3 to 4 percent.

      One of the reasons for this high failure rate has now been discovered by the German scientist Rudolf Jaenisch at the Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his colleague, Ryuzo Yanagimachi. Their conception is that in cloning–that is, when the nucleus of a somatic cell is inserted into a denucleated egg cell–the reprogramming of the genes does not proceed properly, so that not all of the genes that are necessary to the early phase of embryonic development, are activated. Even when cloned animals survive at all, probably every clone would have subtle genetic abnormalities that would frequently become noticeable only later in life.

      Jaenisch performed his experiments with mice that had been cloned using embryonic stem cells in place of the somatic cells, which produces better results. But to his surprise, the reprogramming of the inserted genetic material by the embryonic cells proceeded in a very unregulated way. There were no two clones in which the same pattern of gene activation was found, and Jaenisch is convinced that the use of embryonic stem cells was clearly responsible.

      What consequences follow from this for the therapeutic use of human embryonic stem cells–consequences that will in fact be multiplied through cloning–are not yet foreseeable.

      Neuroblasts differentiated from bone marrow stromal cells by Laboratory Virola.
      Laboratory Virola

      Whoever Would Cure, Must Use Adult Stem Cells
      It has been known for about 30 years that stem cells are present in the tissue of the adult, but it was assumed that they could only form cells of a particular tissue. That is, reprogramming them was considered impossible. In recent years, however, pluripotent stem cells were discovered in various human tissues–in the spinal cord, in the brain, in the mesenchyme (connective tissue) of various organs, and in the blood of the umbilical cord. These pluripotent stem cells are capable of forming several cell types–principally blood, muscle, and nerve cells. It has been possible to recognize, select, and develop them to the point that they form mature cell types with the help of growth factors and regulating proteins.
      This shows that in tissues of the body, adult stem cells possess a much greater potential for differentiation than previously assumed. This knowledge must be brought into the public consciousness with all possible emphasis. If stem cell research were really only meant for therapeutic uses, which it most obviously should be, adult stem cells would promise a very productive research field–and beyond that, a possibility, without moral objection, to discover fundamentals of the dynamics of tissue differentiation.

      It has become clear from transplantation experiments with animals, that stem cells of a particular tissue can develop into cells of a completely different kind. Thus, bone marrow stem cells have been induced to become brain cells, but also liver cells.

      Adult stem cells obviously have a universal program for division that is common to all the kinds of tissue stem cells, and makes them mutually interchangeable. This was discovered by Alexei Terskikh at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. He was able to prove that adult stem cells of blood-forming tissues, and of the brain, activate the same genes, in order to preserve their status as stem cells.

      In May 2001, a further, spectacular experiment was reported, which was carried out on mice by scientists at Yale University. The researchers obtained stem cells from the bone marrow of male mice, and injected it into females whose own marrow had been destroyed by radioactive irradiation. Eleven months later, the male stem cells (identifiable through the male Y-chromosome) were found not only in the females’ bone marrow, but also in their blood, and in their gut, lung, and skin tissues.

      If these observations are correct and are confirmed by other teams of scientists, science should concentrate on research with adult stem cells and renounce further experiments with the embryonic.

      Human Treatments
      Moreover, very promising treatments of serious diseases with adult stem cells have already been tried. The special advantage is that there are no rejection reactions, because the cells are from the same body.

      Of longer standing is treatment with bone marrow stem cells. The treatment comes into play when, for example, a patient has lost his or her blood-forming tissue through radiation or high-dose chemotherapy. Previously removed bone marrow stem cells are then retransplanted, and are able to resume the formation of blood cells.

      In 2001, however, a team of doctors at the Duesseldorf University Clinic carried out a treatment of very far-reaching consequences. For the first time, they treated a cardiac infarct patient with stem cells from his own body. The cardiologist, Prof. Bodo Eckehard Strauer, is sure that the stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow, after injection into the infarct zone, autonomously converted to heart muscle. The functioning of the severely damaged heart clearly improved within a few weeks.

      Four days after the infarction, the doctors took bone marrow from the patient’s pelvis using local anesthesia. The stem cells in the marrow were concentrated outside of the body and implanted in the infarct area the next day with a special technique via a coronary artery. However, the doctors could not yet take cardiac tissue to prove definitively that the implanted blood stem cells had converted to heart muscle cells. But, according to Strauer, there is no other way to explain the marked improvement in the patient’s condition. After this first successful operation, six more patients have already been treated with their own stem cells, with similarly positive results.

      There are also reports of successful treatments with adult stem cells in cases of Crohn’s disease (a chronic infection of the gut), thalassemia (a blood disease), and a rare skin disease. And–despite the fact that basic research with adult stem cells is in its earliest beginnings and is in no way being promoted with urgency–there have been a growing number of reports lately of experiments with animals, from which it emerges that adult stem cells can successfully transform themselves into differentiated cells of organs of many kinds.

      In contrast, reports of successful conversions of embryonic stem cells are very infrequent and cautious. Thus, we find in Science of Dec. 1, 2000 (Vol. 290, pp. 1672-1674): “In contrast, the human embryonic stem cells and fetal germ cells that made headlines in November 1998 because they can, in theory, develop into any cell type have so far produced relatively modest results. Only a few papers and meeting reports have emerged from the handful of labs that work with human pluripotent cells. . . . The work suggests that it will not be simple to produce the pure populations of certain cell types that would be required for safe and reliable cell therapies. . . .”

      This is the restrained language used by established science to describe a truly disastrous set of results.

      There are, of course, still substantial problems to be overcome, even with adult stem cells: They are relatively rare, and are hard to find with the techniques used so far. They are also not very easy to culture outside of the body. It was therefore an important advance that Australian researchers of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have now found a way to isolate nerve stem cells with “extreme purity” from the brains of mice. In Nature of August 16, 2001 (Vol. 412, pp. 736-739), they reported obtaining a culture of 80 percent purity, compared to a previous rate of 5 percent at best.

      It is now urgently necessary to tackle the research in precisely this direction, in order to find out the exact conditions under which the differentiation of stem cells comes about and how, in detail, it proceeds. Only by this morally unassailable route will it be possible to develop new therapies for serious, heretofore incurable diseases, and beyond that, to improve our understanding of the development of life itself.

      ——————————————————————————–

      Wolfgang Lillge is the Editor-in-Chief of the German-language Fusion magazine. His article appeared in the Sept.-October 2001 issue of Fusion, and was translated into English by David Cherry.

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      • coal miner
        • Jim H.

          Watch the profanity miner, just because you don’t like the truth doesn’t make it not so. We would be farther ahead with the adult stem cell research,if not for trying to protect abortion.

        • Jim H.

          Miner, the Hufington Post isn’t a credible source. Maybe the fact you rely on them, explains your out of touch views.

          • coal miner

            Jim H.

            Another case for embryonic stem cell research.

            http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67N4C020100825?type=politicsNews

          • Jim H.

            Miner, Research shows the adult cells show more promise than embryonic, go with your best bet. Embryonic stem cell research isn’t illegal, it’s just not going to be paid for by federal tax dollars. If it’s such a good thing let private money invest in it. Maybe George Soros can fund it.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Jim H.,
            Soreass can but he won’t unless it is his demise we are discussing just like all the libbies here. I HAVE diabetes and I have a spinal condition that might end up making my legs useless. I still wouldn’t sacrifice an unborn child or what you guys try toswab your consience with embryo to walk again!!! and I damn sure wouldn’t to cure my DIABETES!!! I’ll keep taking my shots each nite and my pills, along with my vitamin E if you progressive azzwhipes don’t get it outlawed!!!

          • Robert Smith

            From Jim H.: >>> and I damn sure wouldn’t to cure my DIABETES!!!<<<

            It can lead directly to a cure. The Islets Of Langerhans are the special cells that produce the insulin. By discovering by what mechanism the embrionic cells (much faster than others) can make new cells for insulin scientists can learn a way to stimulate the body to repair itself. Without that research it will take longer.

            BTW, it is YOUR choice to to benefit from any medical treatment. My sister watched her father-in-law die from a heart attack in her husband's arms for lack of a simple asperin that could have saved him according to some disgusted doctors. To his last breath he was so committed to his Christian Science religion it clearly killed him.

            I appreciate your commitment to your version of christanity. I look at it as evolution in action.

            Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Robert, toching story and probably isn’t true. Whaaaaaaaaaa!

  • patrick

    2Things, 1: we should allow the research… only if the scientists can develop a cure for Obammy ism! We all need to donate our hard earned money to this research since Obammyism is spreading like a wildfire. Just look at all those fools that were conned into voting for Obammy. There are now millions upon millions of of americans infected with Obammyism and it needs to be stopped TODAY! 2: The constitution clearly states: Our right to Life, Liberty, and the persuit of happiness. Please read: ” LIFE “. No place does it say killing babies or abortion is legal or it is your right! It only addresses our right to Life. Period. Never should the abortion issue have been decided in the supreme court… something is wrong with this picture folks… wake up to the truth and GOD.

    • coal miner

      Patrick,

      Man created God and that why the world is such a mess.

      Famous people’s quotes:

      http://atheisme.free.fr/Quotes/Man_created_god.htm

      • Jim H.

        Miner, Famous Quotes, God is dead,Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s dead,GOD.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Jim H.,
          cornpipe miner is just saying that so Nobama won’t have to share anything with any being. Right now Nobamam has something in common with God. they both have no birth certificate!!!

          • Robert Smith

            Hey Joe H.!

            >>>Right now Nobamam has something in common with God. they both have no birth certificate!!!<<<

            Does that mean you are gonna toss your god out of office too? Oh! I get it… A double standard fixes it for you, doesn't it?

            Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Sorry Robert, but God has always been and will always be. Unlike your “messiah” who will be gone after 2012!

    • Robert Smith

      Awwww patrick… You got it wrong.

      I’ll bet you haven’t actually read the Constitution of the United States.

      Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is one of the most famous phrases in the United States Declaration of Independence. That document was our message to a despotic ruler who’s kingdon we no longer wanted to be a part of.

      The Constitution is a separate document. Please, try to show a little respect for the facts.

      Rob

      • http://naver samurai

        Rob, rob, rob, you are part right, but you forgot the most important part: “…endowed by their CREATOR, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” You forgot that God, not the Declaration of Independence gave us these rights. It seems that you haven’t read up on your facts either. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • KEVIN KELLY

    I used to work with a fellow named royce,never did like’em.But judge Royce Lambert is “GOOD-PEOPLE” Vote YES on amendment 62 if you are a registered voter in COLORADO THIS NOVEMBER.

  • Robert Berger

    This decision is an outrage and an appalling example of the obscurantism which is so rampant among conservatives in America today.
    You would think that in this supposedly enlightened day and age no one could be stupid enough to consider vital scientific and medical research to me “murdering babies”,as some ignorant people claim.
    An acorn is not a tree. And conservatives have yet to provide any evidense that stem cell experiments won’t yield extremely valuable results in medical progress. Only time will tell. Let scientists do their jobs,please. No one has the right to interfere with them.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      and a TREE can’t think when it grows up!!! An unborn child can will!!!

      • Robert Smith

        Joe H…. If it’s a baaaaaybeeeeee then why not get it to incubate itself?

        Oh, and not all those who are born can actually think. I’ve seen several examples.

        Rob

        • http://naver samurai

          Well, shucks, we know that you are a perfect example of what you just said. Ha, ha, ha, thanks for the laugh. I really needed it. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://gmail i41

    Robert Berger, an acorn is a baby tree when given a change to grow, an embryo is already a developed human that is connected still to its mother. I guess we could look as all the welfare rats a parisitic organism, that should be removed from society, since socialist democrats are worthless leechs, use them for experments also. Darn between Omoron and all democrats the lab rats could use some never organisms.

    • JS in WA

      A stem cell is just that…a single microscopic cell, not a person. It’s from a human, but still, not a human being. It can’t be equated to an acorn as a tree. An acorn can actually develop on it’s own. A microscopic stem cell cannot. I’d like to see people show the same care, concern and respect to living beings, as with one single microscopic cell.

      • GregS

        JS, you’ve missed the point! Whole human organisms (embryos) are killed to obtain those “single microscopic cell[s]” that you refer to.

      • GregS

        By the way, killing whole human organisms to get stem cells is CANNIBALISM, plain and simple!

        • Robert Smith

          GregS says: >>>By the way, killing whole human organisms to get stem cells is CANNIBALISM, plain and simple!<<<

          Shucks GregS… Eaten any good saviors lately? In Roman Catholic theology, "transubstantiation" (in Latin, transsubstantiatio, in Greek μετουσίωσις (metousiosis)) means the change of the substance of bread and wine into the substance of the Body and Blood (respectively) of Christ in the Eucharist.

          So, either alcohol is your drug of choice (sadly American Indians (pyote) and Rostifarians (ganga) don't get their drug of choice) or with the transsubstantion the issue of christian canabalim comes to mind.

          Rob

          • http://?? Joe H.

            robert,
            Your christian education is sadly lacking. The wine is the blood of life! the bread the bread of life!!! Would you say any Christian that drinks a glass of Mogan David with supper would be a cannable??? I suggest you speak to a minister or preist about subjects of religeon instead of educated fools!! Or do you go to a lawyer to learn about matters of SEX?? yeah you probably would because they are so good at screwing you!!!! Gee maybe next you’ll try politicians cuz they are professional screwers!!!

          • GregS

            Robert Smith, what would have been cannibalism is if a disciple two thousand years ago had tried literally to eat Jesus by sinking his teeth into his arm. Now that He is in heaven with a glorified body, and made present under the appearance of bread in the Eucharist, cannibalism is NOT possible. This is a far cry from the killing of whole human embryos for their stem cells. That’s cannibalism at its utmost!!!

          • Robert Smith

            Joe, I didn’t define transsubstancian. That’s the church who did that.

            Rob

          • Robert Smith

            From GregS: >>>Now that He is in heaven with a glorified body, and made present under the appearance of bread in the Eucharist, cannibalism is NOT possible. <<<

            Sigh… Greg, what about that image of that there christian god humans were created in? If it looks like lunch, tastes like lunch, and is glorified with a little ketchup it's canabalism.

            However, without the magic when I've eaten a comunion wafer it tasts like a very dry salteen and the wine tastes sweet and cheap.

            So, because I don't believe as you do I don't think you are actually eating a savior so there isn't any question in my mind about the crackers. But it's the church who makes the rules and calls it the body and blood.

            Please continue to enjoy your ritualistic canabalism.

            Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Rob has no idea of what he is talking about. If he did, he would show some balls and post his sources. Just ignoe him and he’ll go away! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • GregS

          Robert, your rant about “ritualistic cannibalism” is, at best, debatable (i.e. believers saying that it’s not, versus nonbelievers saying that it is), and is merely an attempt to veer the discusion away from the topic of embryonic stem cell research. The cannibalism that I am talking about is NOT debatable. The killing of human embryos for stem cells IS cannibalism, a FACT that cannot be denied by either side of the embryonic stem cell issue.

  • Marie Miranda

    I FIND A LOT OF THESE IDIOTIC COMMENTS SICKENING. I JUST CANNOT READ THEM ANYMORE. IT JUST PROVES THE IGNORANCE THAT EXISTS TODAY. THE LACK OF BELIEF IN GOD…..THE ONLY GOD THAT DOES EXIST, IS SIMPLY SAD.
    I PRAY THAT ALL YOU MORONIC PEOPLE WILL OPEN UP YOUR HEARTS AND ACCEPT OUR LORD AND HIS GOODNESS AND LOVE AND FOLLOW HIS COMMANDMENTS.
    STEM CELL RESEARCH ON EMBRYOS IS A CRIME. IT IS NOTHING ELSE BUT THAT. I DREAD ALL THESE MORONS WHO BELIEVE OTHERWISE AS TO HOW THEY ARE RAISING CHILDREN…IF ANY. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS YOU. PLEASE GET EDUCATED AND BELIEVE IN THE LORD. AS TO OBAMA….. SORRY, HAVE YOU READ UP ON THE ANTICHRIST? EVERYTHING HE IS DOING LEADS BACK TO IT. WAKE UP, LOOK UP… SOME DAY AND IT WON’T BE LONG, YOU ALL WILL BE ON YOUR KNEES.

    • Robert Smith

      From Marie Miranda: >>> YOU ALL WILL BE ON YOUR KNEES.<<<

      Go Ted Haggard! On your knees.

      On you knees former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman.

      Go to your knees George Alan Rekers.

      Yup, an interesting crew.

      Rob

      • http://naver samurai

        How about your buddies Osama, Bill, Hillary, Nancy, Barbra, Louis Farakhan, satan, and anyone else you’ve been to the br with? Now there is a bad crew! You understand what I’m saying to you rob? Maybe it’s not rob, it is Alinsky?

  • Robert Pgh Pa

    I will comment only once on this subject for is is hard for me. the sanctidy of life is Gods not ours. I am against stem cell research from fetuses, because I lost the most important person in the world to me when I was born. My mother had the choice that either I or her would die, and you know what her decesion was. the sanctidy of life is the most important thing their is and between God and I in this case. If God wanted children to or the embryos be used for experimentation he would have provided for it but he did not. end of case.

    • Mike B

      Robert, Your mothers decision had gone well beyond the stem cell phase. I would think that you of all people would want stem cell research in hopes that another mother wasn’t forced with a similar decision.

    • truesoy

      If that was the case, then, you could also said that if God wanted the cure to anything he would have provided for it and then do nothing. Boy, you sure have a logical explanation, don’t you?.

  • crystal

    I thought embryonic stem cells were dead in the water. The research done in the past found these particular stem cells will grab onto all cells including cancer and other diseases. Scientist should concentrate on the stem cells they know are healers. Develop that and move on.

  • http://gmail i41

    The picture of sperm on a slide, shows the envio democrats wiggling around, trying to mess up a good thing, and then will blame bush!

  • jopa

    Marie Miranda;I am going to read you your rights.You have the right to remain silent so shut the hell up if you have to holler.Thank you

    • http://?? Joe H.

      jopa,
      YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SHUT THE HELL UP IF YOU ARE GONNA BE AN AZZHOLE!!!!

      • Robert Smith

        Hi Joe H.,

        Stem cell research won’t help people to grow a new personality so those who are using their personality for birth control may continue to do so.

        Rob

  • THINK ABOUT

    There are differences in embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are able to produce organs, hand, feet and everything in which we become. Human stem cells does not grow new hands, feets, ears and on and on. The embryonic stem cells used in research was harvested to be used in implantation and after the desired number of children is obtained, then the rest are destroyed. I would be very happy to donate product in order that someone may have a good quality of life.

  • jopa

    Joe H; YOu talk about Roberts Christian education with a comment that makes you look like the dimmest bulb on the Christmas tree.Please go back to school for your own sake.

    • Robert Smith

      Hi jopa,

      You suggested to one of the neo-conservatives (unlike Goldwater Conservaives who are real Americans standing up for liberty in America: >>>Please go back to school for your own sake.<<<

      It's very sad that as documented in Red Lion, Pa, and Texas, that rather than learn in schools the right would rather control them through their bogus creationism etc.

      It appears to be too bad that they don't have enough confidence in their god that they have to ask the rest of us to follow their laws whether or not we want to. And, if I had a god that was always asking for money I'd fire him. I'd expect any god worth anything to provide.

      Rob

      • Jim H.

        Robert, You say,” It’s to bad we don’t have enough confidence in out God(capitol G)that we have to ask you to follow “our laws” whether you want to or not. It’s not our laws (I didn’t make them up), they’re Gods laws( capitol G).I don’t care if you follow Gods laws, But God wants you to, even if you don’t want to.

        • Robert Smith

          Jim H. syas: >>> But God wants you to, even if you don’t want to.<<<

          I don't believe in that strange christian god that is so abusive to women, gays, and other miniorities.

          Rob

          • http://naver samurai

            Toooooooo much lib crack on a daily basis! Are you starting to feel the heat yet? Well, you’ll get yours in the end (pun intended). FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Jim H.

            Rob, You may not believe in God, but he knows about you. I hope you like surprises. Just how is God abusive to women and minorities? Homosexuality is against Gods law,(it is GODS law whether YOU like it or not) but since God made Eve and non- Caucasians your point is a fallacy.

      • http://naver samurai

        As I said before, those are reasons he was never elected president. Remember also that traditional family values, anti abortion, anti gay lover, etc., is what true God fearing conservatives believe, so peddle your load of crap somewhere else. Hades would be a nice place for you.

        • Robert Smith

          From samurai: >>>Remember also that traditional family values, anti abortion, anti gay lover, etc., is what true God fearing conservatives believe, <<<

          Goldwater had no problem with family values. Each family could value what it wanted without government messing with them. Goldwater was pro-choice in abortion because he didn't believe that government should interfear with personal choices. With all the crap from the extreme right opposing universal health care in the name of "choice" I'm surprised that they would take medical choices away from women in abortion, a MEDICAL PROCEDURE.

          Goldwater also had no problem with gays in the military.

          I find it amazing that the best fighting force in the World, the United states military, would get all bent out of shape about a gay person in the shower. I think it's just so cowardly to say that a gay person may see their pee pee and that they are afraid of it. Why can't they just say "no." It doesn't have to be "no thank you." Just no would do.

          Rob

  • jopa

    Robert Smith;When you said the communion wafers tasted like a very dry salteen it is as though your saying Jesus is a cracker.

    • Robert Smith

      Hi jopa,

      Posted: >>>When you said the communion wafers tasted like a very dry salteen it is as though your saying Jesus is a cracker.<<<
      ;-) Missed that one completely. This time it was accidental but I'll remember it. Thank you.

      Rob

  • http://www.stemcellpioneers.com Barbara Hanson

    I wish all of the energy I see going into fighting or supporting embryonic stem cell research could be channeled to support adult stem cell therapy in the U.S. I have a terminal illness and due to the regulatory policies of the FDA in the U.S. am forced to go offshore to have treatment with my own stem cells. The FDA says our own stem cells are drugs. Millions of people in this country are terminally or chronically ill and where is the fervor about allowing us to have adult stem cell therapy to try to improve and save our lives? Instead, the argument is constantly about embryonic stem cell research, which is just that – research. Treatments are decades away. What most do not understand is that research is very lucrative. It has made many scientists very wealthy and universities depend on it to bring in big dollars. Actually treating people and finding cures on the other hand, would cut into the trillions of dollars that the pharmaceutical industry makes on our dependence on drugs from cradle to grave. The FDA is in bed with Big Pharma so they are using their regulatory power to halt and slow any progress in actually using adult stem cells for treatment in this country. The plan is to get Big Pharma involved somehow and they need time for that. The FDA has already brought suit against Regenerative Sciences, a company that uses a person’s own stem cells in orthopedic procedures, thus avoiding invasive surgery. The nice thing with adult stem cells is there is no moral argument, no rejection issues and therapy is showing success for many conditions. The media has brought on much of the confusion as they do not seem to know the difference in stem cells, but politicians are also to blame. They have politicized stem cell therapy to the point that it is no more than a brawl with the big losers being those that are sick and dying. I am co-founder of the Stem Cell Pioneers forum. We are dedicated to helping people and giving them hope, but until the public thoroughly understands the games being played (and yes it is all about the money and polotics), and demands that adult stem cell treatments be made available, we will continue to be mired in this never ending argument surrounding embryonic stem cell research. Please support adult stem cell treatments.

    • Robert Smith

      Hi Barbara,

      >>>I wish all of the energy I see going into fighting or supporting embryonic stem cell research could be channeled to support adult stem cell therapy in the U.S.<<>> I have a terminal illness and due to the regulatory policies of the FDA in the U.S. am forced to go offshore to have treatment with my own stem cells.<<>>The FDA says our own stem cells are drugs.<<>> Millions of people in this country are terminally or chronically ill and where is the fervor about allowing us to have adult stem cell therapy to try to improve and save our lives?<<>>Instead, the argument is constantly about embryonic stem cell research, which is just that – research.<<>> Treatments are decades away.<<>> What most do not understand is that research is very lucrative.<<>>It has made many scientists very wealthy and universities depend on it to bring in big dollars.<<>> Actually treating people and finding cures on the other hand, would cut into the trillions of dollars that the pharmaceutical industry makes on our dependence on drugs from cradle to grave.<<>> The FDA is in bed with Big Pharma<<>> so they are using their regulatory power to halt and slow any progress in actually using adult stem cells for treatment in this country.<<>> The plan is to get Big Pharma involved somehow and they need time for that. The FDA has already brought suit against Regenerative Sciences, a company that uses a person’s own stem cells in orthopedic procedures, thus avoiding invasive surgery.<<>>Please be advised that in order to introduce or deliver for introduction a drug that is also a biological product into interstate commerce, a valid biologics license must be in effect. Such licenses are issued only after a showing of safety and efficacy for the product’s intended use. While in the development stage, such products may be distributed for clinical use in humans only if the sponsor has an investigational new drug application in effect as specified by FDA regulations (21 U.S.C. 355(i); 21 CFR Part 312). The mesenchymal stem cells utilized in your Regenexx™ procedure are not the subject of an approved biologics license application (BLA) nor is there an investigational new drug application (IND) in effect. Therefore, your implantation of the mesenchymal stem cells for which a valid license or IND is not in effect appears to violate the Act and the PHS Act and may result in FDA seeking relief as provided by law.<<>>The nice thing with adult stem cells is there is no moral argument,<<>>, but politicians are also to blame. <<>>I am co-founder of the Stem Cell Pioneers forum.<<>>Stem Cell Society to Get Tough on “Charlatans” & Unproven Treatments<<>> and demands that adult stem cell treatments be made available, we will continue to be mired in this never ending argument surrounding embryonic stem cell research. Please support adult stem cell treatments.<<<

      The basis of your argument is incorrect. You are presuming that to fund embrionic stem cell research that adult stem cell research will be reduced. Nothing could be farther from the truth. There is enough investment money to go around because they all want to make money.

      The government thought that if one woman can make a baby in nine months then nine women can make a baby in one month just isn't true. Research takes time. Things need to grow, they need to be tested, and enough needs to be found out about developments that some degree of safety needs to be in place before ther is a general release.

      Rob

      • GregS

        >>>Robert Smith says: August 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm<<< "You are presuming that to fund embrionic stem cell research that adult stem cell research will be reduced. Nothing could be farther from the truth. There is enough investment money to go around because they all want to make money."

        Robert, this is simply NOT true. There is only a FINITE amount of FEDERAL TAXPAYER money to go into this research, and they are all COMPETING for it. That's what the court case is all about. Furthermore, adult stem cells, as well as iPS cells, have been shown to be far more promising than embryonic stem cells. Over 70 treatments have already been developed with adult stem cells, whereas NO treatments have been developed with embryonic stem cells. All they've gotten out of embryonic stem cells are a lot of distinct cell lines that cause tumors! To date, after all these years, research with embryonic stem cells has been an abysmal failure. This is research that has a dead end, and it's a COMPLETE WASTE of taxpayer money!

        • Robert Smith

          GregS says: >>> whereas NO treatments have been developed with embryonic stem cells. All they’ve gotten out of embryonic stem cells are a lot of distinct cell lines that cause tumors! <<<

          Yup. It was set back for eight years because of the Bush administration. No wonder nothing has been found, the research hasn't been done except with the inbred crappy "approved" lines that were doomed to failure when Bush permitted it.

          Please, when you are ranting about something being incomplete please include WHY things are behind rather than trying to claim that it is worthless.

          Rob

          • GregS

            As usual, Robert, you don’t have your facts straight. The Bush federal restrictions had very little impact on embryonic stem cell research. It actually had the effect of significantly INCREASING overall support for stem cell research from many other sources, and tons of money was spent on embryonic stem cell research in many states and private institutions in this country, as well as all over the world. As a result, a LOT of research was done, even without those “inbred crappy ‘approved’ lines” that you referred to. In spite of the billions of dollars from private and state sources that have been poured into embryonic stem cell research over the last few years, NO treatments have been developed! So, Robert, what part of, “It doesn’t work, and it’s wasting our tax dollars,” don’t you get?

  • Robert Smith

    GregS says: >>>That’s what the court case is all about.<<<

    The "case" is about politics from the extreme right. At the root if it is the chant, "It's a baaaaaaabeeeeee". It's a red meat issue used to distract and march the True Believers (one should really read Eric Hoffer's book) away from common sense and their own self interest.

    The court case is about government interfearence in promising research. It could just as easily be said that tax payer money is being misspent on adult stem cell research because the embrionic has been neglected and it shows a lot of promise.

    Rob

    • GregS

      1. Robert Smith says: “The ‘case’ is about politics from the extreme right…The court case is about government interfearence in promising research.”

      - Let’s talk about the politics and government interference of the EXTREME LEFT: In 2009, Obummer rescinded an executive order by Bush, which would have funded adult stem cells and new research with iPS cells. So much for “taking the politics out of science.” Obummer clearly contradicted himself here!

      2. Robert Smith says: “It could just as easily be said that tax payer money is being misspent on adult stem cell research because the embrionic has been neglected and it shows a lot of promise.”

      - It could NOT “just as easily be said that tax payer money is being misspent on adult stem cell research,” because, as I mentioned above, Obummer rescinded funding for this in 2009!

      - Embryonic stem cell research has NOT been neglected by any stretch of the immagination. As I pointed out previously, research actually increased during the Bush federal funding restrictions, and billions of dollars have been poured into it during those years from state and private sources, not to mention all the research that’s been done throughout the world. And what do they have to show for it? NOTHING!

      - Adult stem cells and iPS cells show FAR more promise than embryonic stem cells for the following reasons:

      + They are less likely to cause tumors.
      + Over 70 (and still counting) treatments have already been developed from adult stem cells.
      + They don’t cause immune reactions, because they are the patient’s own cells.
      + They are much easier to obtain (e.g. iPS cells can come from either the patient’s own skin or fat).
      + There are NO ethical issues associated with these stem cells.

      So, Robert, why would I as a taxpayer want my tax dollars to be spent on stem cells that haven’t produced any treatments, with all the money that’s already been poured into them, when I know that there are alternative sources of stem cells that are FAR more promising?

  • truesoy

    Throughout history religion has been used to subvert sciencetific research. The fear of God as an angry bring that will punish anyone that does not behave in the prescribed way. This is fear mongering by religious people on each other and by defauld on everybody else. Once upon a time the earth was flat and was at the center of the universe, or so we were told by the church and it was consider a sacrilege to say otherwise. See what happenned to Galileo and others.
    But religion is ‘rubber made’, no matter how many times it is proven wrong it bounces back with a new thesis that will take years to debunk, and so on, and on, and on to the ends of time. And why this?: the answer is simple, and it should be obvious because religion is man made, and one man knows better than other what God is or wants. That is why there are so many religions. Here, the chrisitian bible is at the center of our religious believes, yet, as devine inspired as they claim it to be, in it all the solutions to every day needs and wants are human in nature. So the question is why no ‘devine’ solutions?. The answer, again, is that it is human (man made). The only ‘devine’ act referenced in the bible is man’s punishment for his/her sins at the hand of God. Everything else there is for human solutions for anything, like raising an army for war against another king because is Gods will, or as directed by God. Why this then. If you, the religious, preach that God is so powerful and, just like he put us here he can take us out, then, tell me why does he needs men to destroy kings and kingdoms?. It is not logical because it contradicts, as you said, that God is omnipotent.
    Now that we all agreed withou fear of punishment that the earth is not at the center of the universe, we could probably accept that ‘embryonic’ stem cell research might be the right thing to do, and those who opposed it either based on principles, and/or religious believes, could in the future make a choice based on those principles on whether to refuse medication and/or receive any life saving procedure that came about from embryonic stem cell research. This would be the right thing to do, but not to deny instead the benefits of a cure to countles of ailing people worldwide.

  • lolsauce

    All this religious mumbo jumbo is silly. The simple solution to the problem is to create a district where such research is legal, and keep the religious ones out of it. Also, keep them from benefiting from it, as they are nothing but obstacles and fodder for the GOP.

  • GregS

    truesoy and lolsauce, the issue with using fetal stem cells is NOT religion! Sure, there is the ethics issue involving the destruction of human life, but this is a concern for many atheists, as well as religious people. It’s a HUMAN LIFE issue, NOT a religious issue.

    The other major issue, however, is whether we should be pouring tax dollars into embryonic/fetal stem cell research, which has gone NOWHERE, after pouring billions of dollars into it for the past ten years, when there are other sources of stem cells (adult stem cells and iPS cells), which are FAR more promising, and which have NO ethical issues associated with them at all. As a taxpayer, I am fed up with the wasteful spending by our government. I would much rather see my tax dollars going toward research that will ultimately produce treatments, without having to cannibalize the human species to do it. Embryonic stem cells have produced NO treatments after all the time and money that has been spent on them, whereas over 70 treatments have been developed from adult stem cells. IPS cells are almost exactly like embryonic stem cells, but they are obtained from the patient’s own skin or fat cells, and they can develop into any type of tissue, just like embryonic stem cells. Since these cells are from the patient’s own body, there is no immune response by the body that would destroy them. I know, that if I were a patient requiring life-saving treatment from stem cells, I would prefer adult stem cells or iPS stem cells, because they are the safer way to go.

    For these reasons, federal funding of fetal stem cell research is a complete waste of the taxpayers’ money.

    • GregS

      “…fetal stem cell research…” should read “…embryonic stem cell research…” in the last statement.

  • ipman

    boobies :> yehhhhh

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