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Front Page: FDA Makes Way For Human Stem Cell Therapy

  • The FDA has authorized the world's first tests of human embryonic stem cell therapy, marking a political shift. A California biotechnology company will begin a clinical trial using stem cells to regrow nerve tissue in patients with spinal cord injury.— Reuters
  • Two-term Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand will be the next senator from New York, as multiple sources say Gov. David Paterson has chosen her to replace Hillary Clinton. — CNN
  • The classical music played by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriella Montero, and clarinetist Anthony McGill at the inauguration was prerecorded, not live. — AP
  • Israel's government has assemble a team responsible for defending Israel against any charges of war crimes stemming from the Gaza offensive. A UN human rights expert called for an independent investigation Thursday. — Voice of America

  • Pro-life advocates rallied outside the Supreme Court yesterday during the March for Life, an event which has taken place every year since 1974, the year following Roe v. Wade. — LA Times


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lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
if stem cells can help someone regain their sight or walk again i don't see why they shouldn't be allowed that opportunity. those with religious or moral objections can chose not to participate in such procedures.
girlA girlA 8 years
Thank you, CG. I hope I haven't offended you in my comments--I just tend to get fired up when it comes to topics like this. I respect your opinion.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I get what you are saying. and I respect that.
girlA girlA 8 years
And again, his decision is based on his faith and I don't think it's appropriate for anyone in power to force his beliefs on everyone.
girlA girlA 8 years
President Bush issued the first veto of his five-year-old administration yesterday, rejecting Congress's bid to lift funding restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research and underscoring his party's split on an emotional issue in this fall's elections. Since were cut and pasting, here goes: July 2006 At a White House ceremony where he was joined by children produced from what he called "adopted" frozen embryos, Bush said taxpayers should not support research on surplus embryos at fertility clinics, even if they offer possible medical breakthroughs and are slated for disposal. The vetoed bill "would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others," the president said, as babies cooed and cried behind him. Sure, there's private funding, but our chances are much greater of finding cures in our lifetime if we are able to tap into several resources.
girlA girlA 8 years
I get the difference between adult stems research and embryo, but I still don't agree that there has to be bans at all. Anything that can be used and discovered to prevent and/or cure diseases is important not be banned. I used Bush as an example and I am aware of the bans in other countries. I did say "leaders".
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
So if people, in high places want to go ahead and research, put up the money.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
GirlA, alot of researchers argue that adult stem stell research has far more advances and results than embryonic ever has and the money should go where the most promise is. adult stem cells have already produced therapies, embryonic has not, and we dont know if if ever will. Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, and Ireland do not allow embryonic stem cell research, so its not just the US and its "bad" leaders. here are some facts. "President Bush announced, on August 9, 2001 that federal funds, for the first time, would be made available for hESC research on currently existing stem cell lines. President George W. Bush authorized research on existing human embryonic stem cell lines, not on human embryos under a specific, unrealistic timeline in which the stem cell lines must have been developed. However, the Bush Administration chose not to permit taxpayer funding for research on hESC cell lines not currently in existence, thus limiting federal funding to research in which "the life-and-death decision has already been made". The Bush Administration's guidelines differ from the Clinton Administration guidelines which did not distinguish between currently existing and not-yet-existing hESC. Both the Bush and Clinton guidelines agree that the federal government should not fund hESC research that directly destroys embryos. Neither Congress nor any administration has ever prohibited private funding of embryonic research. Public and private funding of research on adult and cord blood stem cells is unrestricted."
girlA girlA 8 years
It just really bothers me that leaders, such as Bush, use their own faith to refuse advances in science--advances that can cure diseases, make paraplegics walk again and so forth. What about the rest of us? If he becomes stricken w/something, then he can go ahead and refuse any treatment that came from embryonic stem cells--that's time and place he should make his decision based on his faith--when it affects him personally. He shouldn't eff it up for rest of us.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"yes one may have ended" is the part that gets me. Tiabia, well to some faith is unnerving, to others its not. If i didnt live my life the way I am told to by my faith, i would be a hypocrite, and therefore thats more unnerving to me than halting "scientific" research based on what I believe. I totally get it, I see it through your eyes, Here is a potential cure for horrible afflictions, and yes they are using embryonic cells but they would go to waste so why not use them for good? right? My husband and I differ on opinions with this and he is a pastors kid (many heated discussions) I just cant stand behind it, and I understand the "well if it happened to you" arguement as well, being so close to so many kids at my job who are paralyzed and would benefit.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
die hard believers may never believe in stem cell research until it hits home, how can you not be behind something that can possibly save plenty of lives, yes one may have ended (not necessarily in my opinion) but more can be saved.
girlA girlA 8 years
And I agree whole-heartedly with you, tiabia.
girlA girlA 8 years
Yes, women are going to have abortions. Those embryos will just go into the trash and so for something good to come out of that, I think it's incredible to be able to that embryo for good. Embryo stem cell research is not going to induce women to have more abortions (from what I've heard proponents of it say).
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I don't see the difference between using 10 embryos to create one baby or using 10 embryos to maybe save 1,000 lives. Then again, I don't see these embryos as human lives on par with babies.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
The use of faith to first stall and then mute scientific advancement is, in my opinion, unnerving.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
clarify- Making embryos for the purpose of implantation , IVF is still iffy in my mind, because of my faith, but for just research and harvesting cells is a definite No. Myst there wasnt a ban on adult research.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
The stem cell news is really exciting!
Myst Myst 8 years
GC, you do realize that because there was a ban on embryonic stem research, there was a ban on adult research too?
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
CG - but IVF is good?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
myst, thats HER OWN stem cells, adult stem cell research? go ahead. Making embryos in labs or harvesting cells from aborted children, not good.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Who said stem-cell research was trivial? I think its an awesome technology and I'm happy they are able to make something good come out of discarded embryos, but even better when one can use their own stem cells. The benefits from this science is definitely long overdue.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Long over due.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yes, I think that the news about stem cell research is really good news.
Myst Myst 8 years
Stem cell research has the possibilities of saving many lives. Doctors in Spain were able to successfully save the life a woman who had a collapsed lung by implanted a new windpipe made from her own stem cells. So how is it trivial?
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
If we can use this technology to create embryos for IVF and other fertility treatments (the result of which is a long of discarded embryos) then morally what is the difference with using these embryos for stem cell research?
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