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[IP] there it goes...wave bye bye
- Subject: [IP] there it goes...wave bye bye
- From: email @ redacted
- Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 17:34:54 EDT
and there goes any hope of a CURE for diabetes in the near future...remember
what they said when YOU were diagnosed.."oh, they will have a cure in a few
years"..."a cure is just around the corner..." So, all you folks JUST
diagnosed in the last few years...better get used to those blood tests, cuz
"just around the corner" is not as soon as you might think!
Stem Cell Studies Said Hurt by Doubt
By PAUL RECER
.c The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Uncertainty about federal support for embryonic stem cells
research is driving away young scientists even though many believe the field
offers great hope for new medical treatments, a researcher says.
The Bush administration has ordered a review of guidelines that would allow
federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research, a move that is chilling
interest in the field, said Douglas A. Melton, a Harvard University
scientist. ``The young people are caught in a hard place,'' Melton said
Wednesday in a teleconference call. ``The uncertainty makes them not sure if
they should pursue this field.''
Under the guidelines, researchers had to submit a compliance application by
March 15. Only three applications were filed, including one by Melton; one
later was withdrawn (THAT MEANS TWO!!!) The guidelines came about during
the Clinton administration. President Bush has ordered that consideration of
grants for research involving human embryonic stem cells be put on hold until
the review, which sources said is expected to be completed this summer.
Meantime, the National Institutes of Health agency has halted the granting
process. (OF COURSE!! WHY PUT MONEY TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT OUR DEAR
PRESIDENT AND CONSERVATIVE LEADERS MAY DECIDE TO NOT LET HAPPEN)
Melton said that many scientists, aware of the potential for delay, did not
go through the complex process of drawing up stem cell research grant
proposals. ``The political uncertainty is enough to turn off the interest of
researchers,'' he said.
The guidelines call for the applications to be evaluated by a committee
called the Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Review Group. NIH has not selected
members for the committee nor scheduled any meetings, said Bill Hall, a
spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department, the parent agency of
Embryonic stem cells are called pluripotent because they have the ability to
transform into any of the cells in the body. Many researchers believed these
cells can be guided to grow tissue or special cells that could repair ailing
hearts or other organs. Some scientists say the cells have the promise of
curing diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson's.
The stem cells come from human embryos, which are killed when the cells are
removed. Federal law bars the use of federal funds for human embryo
research. The NIH guidelines drawn up last year get around that restriction
by allowing federal dollars to be spent on research with stem cells processed
from embryos by privately funded laboratories. The guidelines say such cells
can originate only from frozen embryos considered surplus by fertility
clinics. Such embryos are usually discarded.
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