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[IP] there it goes...wave bye bye

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

.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later was withdrawn (THAT MEANS TWO!!!)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 

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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