Stems Cells Used To Create Liver
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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