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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Stems Cells Used To Create Liver

Charlie Sykes tipped me off to this story, thanks you.

Notice I used a bold headline, well the Washington Post, NY Times and LA Times didn't use any type face for the headline, at least in their online editions. You see, none of the 3 major dailies wrote anything about this discovery.

The Weekly Standard does give it quite a bit of coverage, but mostly to explain why the above listed papers don't see it as a story.

Okay, I know, you are all asking, "What the hell is he rambling about???" Well, the liver was created using CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS, not embryonic stem cells, which is why you don't see it in the papers.

Cord blood, and adult stem cells aren't controversial, and no one is against federal funding for the use of them in experiments. If the President was saying you couldn't use federal funds for cord blood research, then I'm sure a few newspapers would give this the light of day.

The left end of both the media and the political spectrum want people to forget that there are stem cell research projects out there discovering great things without the destruction of embryos. They want you to think that embryonic stem cells are the only hope for curing disease, when the truth is they are the least successful of all types of stem cell research.

If we only used that liver in Scotland as an example, blood cord cells would be ahead of embryonic cells 1-0 in the race to find cures for diseases, though that liver is better suited for pharmaceutical testing of drugs than human use at this point.

The other thing the left, media and political, would like you to not understand is that George Bush is the first US President to allow federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. They also don't want you to know that no one has EVER introduced anything in the congress to outlaw the practice. What has been introduced, and upheld from the early 1970's until 2001 was restricting FEDERAL FUNDING of the research. The other law that they use to confuse is one's that have been introduced to ban human cloning for the purpose of producing stem cells.

In other words, as I heard Mark Green, a candidate for Governor in Wisconsin say yesterday (I'm paraphrasing), 'Bill Gates can toss all the money he wants at it perfectly legally'.

Nearly every major university has labs dedicated to some sort of research that is done without federal money, usually from corporate grants. Why not stem cells? There is no law that says Harvard can't use donated money to purchase embryos that won't be used to do research with, so why aren't they? Why aren't Bill Gates and Warren Buffet tossing some of their charitable millions at this cause? If the issue is truly one of life and death as some claim, you'd think there be billions of dollars in private funds coming in for the research.

The truth is the research to date, both private and publicly funded on embryonic stem cells has been disappointing at best. The private money is going to cord blood and adult stem cell research because that is where all the breakthroughs have occurred.

It's sad when political hyperbole is used to scare and confuse people on medical research. It's sadder yet when those who want to be our leaders condone the practice.

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Blogger Dionne said...

You are exactly right and that is our point here in Missouri. They are wanting to pass an amendment that forces us to use our tax money to fund embryonic stem cell research and cloning. When the research shows there have been numerous treatments and cures using adult stem cells and ZERO from embryonic. So we would be experimenting on life for nothing. And the reason they want our tax money is because like you said no one is investing in embryonic because there isn't much promise there. Its despicable and barring a miracle which I'm working on and praying for the amendment will probably pass although we are making a dent in the support by getting the truth out.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I raise a glass to your wisdom and my new liver!

This is just one of those things that really pisses me off. An enormous misinformation campaign and some, dare I say a lot, of people are eating this spoon-fed sewage.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Mark, check the article before you hoist too many glasses, they say the ability to use the techniques to replace an entire liver are still a decade away.

LMC, unfortunately the saner voices in the arguement haven't been heard enough. The folks spending big bucks to make people think only religious zealots are against embryonic research seem to be winning out. I'm a lot of things, but a religious zealot isn't one of them. I just don't think it's a science that has shown as much promise as the advocates would try and dupe folks into believing.

9:10 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I am very pleased with this. It demonstrates that we really don't need to use fetal tissue. A lot of people who were complaining about the GOP position are eating crow today regardless if they admitt it.

6:54 PM  

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