I got up early this morning checked the New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, and other papers to see whether they had reported the big news that scientists had created an artificial liver using umbilical cord blood stem cells. As expected, nothing: The news blockade was in place. After all, if it isn’t an embryonic stem cell research, it isn’t worth reporting since that is where the “best hope” is to be found. I mean, Michael J. Fox tells us so, right?
So, I wrote this piece and the good people over at the Daily Standard were kind enough to post it immediately. Check it out and break through the stem cell news blockade!
Hog-wild for pig organs: Hub doc’s pet project: animal-to-people transplants
Harvesting pig organs and transplanting them in humans may not be that far off, says one doctor, whose Boston-area lab is genetically engineering swine, putting their organs in baboons and waiting to see if it works well enough to try in people. (Boston Herald)
Craig Turczynski traveled from Texas to find ways to help infertile women that do not conflict with his religious beliefs. Cherie LeFevre came from St. Louis to learn how to treat her OB-GYN patients in obedience to her Catholicism. Amie Holmes flew from Ohio so she could practice medicine in conformity with church teachings when she graduates from medical school. (MSNBC)
“Adult Stem Cell Research: Making a Difference Today” relays three human interest stories to make the following points:
1. There two different types of stem cells: embryonic and adult
2. Adult stem cells have treated more than 70 diseases in human patients
3. Embryonic stem cells have not treated any diseases
4. Embryonic stem cell research involves killing living human embryos
The video is about 20 minutes long, but well worth your time.
Missouri embryonic stem cell opponents outraise supporters in October
Opponents of embryonic stem cell research raised more money than supporters during the past few weeks, marking a first in Missouri’s costly ballot battle over whether to write stem cell research into the state constitution. (AP)
In America it’s considered “politically incorrect” to speak indelicately of the disabled, hence the recent liberal outcry over Rush Limbaugh’s frank thoughts concerning political advertisements by actor Michael J. Fox. Like Mr. Fox, I too suffer spasms and twitches—from spinal cord injury rather than Parkinson’s disease. Like Mr. Fox my future depends on science. Like Mr. Limbaugh I am not politically correct. (Human Events)
An unbiased examination of Amendment 2, the so-called Stem Cell Initiative and Cures Amendment, should make you angry. Never before have I been so moved to action about a social issue than with the realization that this referendum just might become a constitutional rule of law on Nov. 7. (News-Leader.com)
I did a one hour interview about Amendment 2 today to 99.3 FM, in Columbia, MO. We discuss the Michael J. Fox deception, the fact that Mr. Jim Stowers is trying to buy his own constitutional amendment in MO, the deception of Amendment 2, the junk biology shoveled by the initiative’s proponents, what Missourians can learn from California’s Proposition 71, and we even get into New Jersey’s law that would permit cloned fetal farming. I point out that the science leadership is becoming hubristic and arrogant because the stem cell fight is over which value system will control society, one based on the intrinsic value of human life or a scientism, in which science is seen as leading to Truth. The host, Derek Gilbert, also has a nice riff about using a constitutional amendment to set policy into stone when laws would be better reflections of the democratic will. There is also discussion of the uncontroversial areas of biotechnology as well as the new breakthrough in which umbilical cord blood stem cells created a new liver. If you don’t get enough of me here, check it out.
As it stands, the mini organ can be used to test new drugs, preventing disasters such as the recent ‘Elephant Man’ drug trial. Using lab-grown liver tissue would also reduce the number of animal experiments.
Eventually, scientists hope to generate this technique into liver therapies–and perhaps even transplants. Wow!
Let’s see if the US media ignore or underplay this. After all, it is an experiment that does not undermine the Bush stem cell funding policy, so it really isn’t news.
Laura Ingraham Explains The Deception Behind Amendment 2
Laura Ingraham on O’Reilly - Facts on the cloning bill
Laura Ingraham is spot on in this interview! She is right that majorities in public opinion polls oppose human cloning for any reason. For example, in a 2005 poll published by Virginia Commonwealth University, 59% opposed “using human cloning technology IF it is used to create human embryos that will provide stem cells for human therapeutic purposes.”
The authors of Amendment 2 knew that, of course, which is why they deceptively redefined the term “cloning a human being” from its accurate scientific definition of somatic cell nuclear transfer, to a profoundly deceptive advocacy definition of implanting the product of SCNT into a womb. But implantation is no more cloning than implanting an embryo during IVF fertility treatments is fertilization.
And Ingraham was also right when she stated she suspected that Fox had not read Amendment 2, which he has since admitted.
The entire cloning debate is crucial to the American future. People deserve the facts so that they can make properly reasoned ethical choices. Those, such as the authors of Amendment 2 who use deceptive tactics to win a political debate, demonstrate a profound disrespect for democracy.
Saudi Arabia: Young Saudi couples turning to stem cell procedure for kids
Vaccination against disease is almost universally accepted as a positive step in health care. The recipient might not ever be exposed to the disease, but the preventative measures are in place — just in case. It is insurance in the future health of the recipient.
The next stage in preventative medicine and one which has arisen from controversy and has now moved out into the mainstream of preventative techniques is stem cell banking. Stem cells came into public prominence after the discovery that these basic building blocks of animal life could be harvested from embryos and used to grow organs and — just possibly — whole humans. Lost in the furious ethical debate was the fact that stem cells could also be retrieved from the blood contained in the umbilical cord — normally discarded at birth — of the new-born infant. (The Muslim News)
US guidelines restrict number of embryos transferred during IVF
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the US Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) have issued new guidelines limiting embryo transfer during IVF procedures to reduce the occurrence of multiple births. Announced at the annual ASRM meeting, held in New Orleans last week, the revised guidelines recommend that no more than two embryos should be transferred to women under 35 during a single cycle of IVF treatment, and that clinics should consider the possibility of transferring only one. For older women the recommended number of embryos increases, but to no more than five. The guidelines state that for women aged between 35 and 37, up to three embryos should be transferred, with up to four recommended for women aged between 37 and 40, and no more than five for women over 40. (BioNews)
Local hospitals are helping terminally ill patients die on their own terms through palliative care, which plans for medical situations long before they occur and often prevents excessive procedures. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)