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YAH HOOOOO - bout time dontcha think - hope he gets something done while he
Disputed Stem Cell Research Financed
.c The Associated Press
By LAURAN NEERGAARD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite ethical questions, the Clinton administration is
about to finance research using the body's own ``master cells'' -- the
building blocks of tissue that scientists have culled from human embryos.
Studying how to harness these embryonic stem cells and turn them into
therapies for Alzheimer's disease or diabetes, as well as ways to prevent
birth defects and rebuild damaged organs, is considered one of the most
promising new frontiers of science.
It's also controversial because these ``master cells'' are present only in
early-stage human embryos. Some anti-abortion groups in particular call stem
cell research morally unacceptable, because to get the cells, embryos would
have to be destroyed.
Until now the research has largely been taboo, because federal law prohibits
using taxpayers' money for research using human embryos.
But scientists working last year with scarce private funding succeeded in
isolating some embryonic stem cells -- both from aborted fetuses and from
unused embryos from infertility treatments -- and succeeded in multiplying the
stem cells in laboratories to grow a supply for research.
Now the National Institutes of Health, the main provider of money for U.S.
medical research, says that because these lab-grown stem cells do not
constitute an embryo, it thus is legal for NIH to fund experiments using them
-- and it will do so within months.
``We know this is ethically sensitive territory,'' NIH Director Harold Varmus
said Tuesday after announcing the decision before President Clinton's National
Bioethics Advisory Commission. But ``the prospects of benefit to living human
beings ... are dramatic.''
Stem cells are the basic or primordial cells from which all of a human's
tissues and organs develop. By themselves, the cells can't grow into a person.
[YA KNOW, THEY POINT THIS OUT, BUT THERE IS STILL GONNA BE SOME WHACKO
CONVINCED THE NIH IS TRYING TO CLONE HUMANS...]
But if scientists could control how the cells switch on to form different
bodily tissues, they might produce lifesaving therapies: Growing heart cells
to rebuild disease-ravaged hearts, or insulin-producing cells for diabetics,
or new brain cells for victims of Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease.
The NIH's decision ``is terrific'' because it will speed that research
``absolutely by years,'' said Dr. John Gearhart of Johns Hopkins University,
who grew one of the stem cell supplies from aborted fetuses.
In addition, NIH involvement will ensure the science is done with the public
scrutiny not possible when private companies control the purse strings,
Abortion opponents immediately decried the decision. [WHY??? WHAT WOMAN IN
HER RIGHT MIND IS GONNA GO THROUGH THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL PAIN OF GETTING
PREGNANT AND AN ABORTION JUST TO MAKE STEM CELLS??? PUH-LEEEEZE]
``Today's announcement ... is the latest step by the Clinton administration to
treat human beings as property to be manipulated and destroyed,'' said Rep.
Chris Smith, R-N.J. NIH money will allow researchers to ``experiment with
cells obtained from human beings ruthlessly killed in the first weeks of
life,'' said Smith.
[ERGGGGGHHHHHH!! sorry, guess my beliefs in freedom of choice are showing]
The congressman didn't say whether he would challenge NIH's plans. [SPECIALLY
I F HE THINKS HIS DAUGHTER MAY NEED AN ABORTION SOME DAY TO SAVE HIM SOME
Because of Congress' ban, NIH ``will not fund the act of destruction itself,
but will reward those who destroy embryos by paying them to develop the cells
and tissues they have obtained by destructive means,'' said Richard
Doerflinger of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
RICHARD...CHRIS...has any WOMAN voiced an opinion on this??? OR a person with
diabetes or parkinsons?
The bioethics commission will wrestle with other questions: How appropriate is
it to derive stem cells from live human embryos? After all, University of
Wisconsin scientists successfully used spare embryos with the full consent of
couples treated at infertility clinics, who donated the embryos they didn't
end up using to attempt a pregnancy.
And what if doctors one day decide they want to create an embryo solely for
the purpose of deriving stem cells -- which means growing the embryo to
It also may be possible to use cloning techniques to derive human stem cells
by, for instance, placing human genes into an animal's egg to grow a hybrid
Varmus says he does not expect Congress to stop his funding plans. Indeed,
Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., who heads the subcommittee that controls NIH's
budget, has been investigating stem cell research and praised the decision.
``We've got the potential for enormous advances in medical science and we
should utilize them,'' Specter said. Even where stem cells did come from live
embryos, they were embryos destined to be discarded ``that could not be used
to produce human life.''
Within months, NIH will draw up guidelines that set just what kind of research
the agency will fund.
WHY DO THEY insist on putting the cart in front of the horse? Wy not see if
it WORKS and SAVES LIVES before worrying that they might make some chicken
footed goat man with wings!!! I tell ya, it is a conspiracy to keep us at the
mercy of the drug and insruance companies. If this country was filled with
HEALTHY people, we just might realize we need some change around here and
throw a coup or something...
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