Sunday, April 15, 2007


"Marty McFly" (aka Michael J Fox) does not want expanded stem cell research. He wants expanded funding for it.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is committed to the aggressive pursuit of all ethical avenues of research promising improved therapies and ultimately a cure for people living with Parkinson's disease.

Did MJF even read the legislation that he supported with Claire McCaskill that permitted human cloning? Nope.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation has raised and channelled $35 million toward Parkinson's research in the past four years, making it the second-largest funding source after the US government.

When the U.S. government has funded it more than you, it's hard to imagine how the gov't is "restricting" stem cell research.

The controversy surrounding stem cells has recently ended due to advances in science. However, some Democrats with out scientific backgrounds or knowledge appear to be stuck on stupid.

Researchers at Advanced Cell Technology, led by Robert Lanza, reported the successful derivation of a stem cell line using a process similar to preimplantation genetic diagnosis, in which a single blastomere is extracted from a blastocyst.[20] It should be noted that this process has not yet demonstrated the ability of donor blastocysts to survive to term as well after blastomere harvesting. Nevertheless, this technique may in future allow for the creation of stem cells without embryonic destruction.

According to a January 9, 2007 Daily Telegraph (London) article reporting on a statement by Dr. Anthony Atala of Wake Forest University, there is another "ethical" source of stem cells. The fluid surrounding the fetus has been found to contain stem cells, that, when utilized correctly, "can be differentiated towards cell types such as fat, bone, muscle, blood vessel, nerve and liver cells", according to the article. The extraction of this fluid does not harm the fetus in any way as well. "Our hope is that these cells will provide a valuable resource for tissue repair and for engineered organs as well," said Dr Atala, head of Wake Forest's regenerative medicine institute and senior researcher on the project.


Gils numbers don't add up

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