Embryonic Stem Cells Don’t Cure

Stem Cells derived from Embryoes – that are killed in the process – don’t provide cures. See this editorial at the Investors Business Daily.

California’s Proposition 71 Failure

Posted 01/12/2010 06:36 PM ET

Bioethics: Five years after a budget-busting $3 billion was allocated to embryonic stem cell research, there have been no cures, no therapies and little progress. So supporters are embracing research they once opposed.

California’s Proposition 71 was intended to create a $3 billion West Coast counterpart to the National Institutes of Health, empowered to go where the NIH could not — either because of federal policy or funding restraints on biomedical research centered on human embryonic stem cells.

Supporters of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, passed in 2004, held out hopes of imminent medical miracles that were being held up only by President Bush’s policy of not allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) beyond existing stem cell lines and which involved the destruction of embryos created for that purpose.

Five years later, ESCR has failed to deliver and backers of Prop 71 are admitting failure. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state agency created to, as some have put it, restore science to its rightful place, is diverting funds from ESCR to research that has produced actual therapies and treatments: adult stem cell research. It not only has treated real people with real results; it also does not come with the moral baggage ESCR does.

see the entire article at: http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/ArticlePrint.aspx?id=517870

3 Responses to Embryonic Stem Cells Don’t Cure

  1. noreligion says:

    Why do you think stem cells come from embryos?

    I think that embryonic stem cells come from embryos.

    You would rather medical research into disease is not made to save something less than a fruit fly or cockroach?

    Yes. An embryo is a human person. Some would add the word “potential” but that’s still worth protecting. Your utilitarian argument lacks substance.

    And you wonder why people abhor religious foolishness.

    I wonder why people like you refuse to read the content when they disagree at an emotional level with the facts presented. I ask you to note the strictly non-religious supporting substance of many the articles posted on this site including this one. I’d think you would agree with me on the facts or debate these facts. Instead “no religion” is your religion and you are what you profess to oppose.

    I am willing to discuss this with you.

  2. Laura says:

    I had the privilege of hearing a real scientist lecture on this several years ago. Embryonic stem cell division is uncontrollably rapid, unlike “adult” stem cells, which can be – and are! – controllable and used to great advantage in an increasing number of proven treatments.

    Uncontrollable, rapid cell reproduction? We know it as cancer.

  3. noreligion says:

    I am not willing to discuss ANYTHING unless my comment is posted since you replied to it.

    That’s a shame. The invitation stands.
    Also I’ve long since deleted your comment. Perhaps you’d like to make another?
    – DE

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