Friday, October 14, 2005

Another plus for adult stem cells

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Embryonic Cells, No Embryo Needed: Hunting for Ways Out of an Impasse

Jivin' J points out this article on alternate methods of creating embryonic stem cells. He does an awesome job pointing out the colossal arrogance of some of the scientists involved.

But there is more to point out. Like how proponents have a tendency to blind themselves to science by using science. Take this quote for example:
"Yet another group, which includes Dr. Jaenisch, says that for them there is no means-end calculus. Early embryos, they say, are simply microscopic balls of cells with no particular moral status. They have no body parts, they look nothing like a fetus, and most die anyway when they are implanted in women. "

So, scientifically speaking, yes they are a microscopic ball of cells. Pictures of that embryo on the needle tip are all over the Internet. But how can something that isn't alive -- die? And being alive, with all the DNA of a human-- well, wouldn't you take that to mean a live human? It may be a human the size of a microscopic ball of cells, but a living human nonetheless.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Stem cell heart cure to be tested

That would be adult stem cells. Another CURE brought to you by adult stem cells...
The work is being funded by a new charity, the Heart Cells Foundation, set up by Ian Rosenberg.
Two years ago doctors told Mr Rosenberg his heart disease was so severe that he had just a couple of months to live.
He travelled to Germany, were stem cells were injected into his heart.
'Within a matter of months, I was able to do things I could only dream of doing before, such as walking up and down stairs or playing golf,' he said.
'Stem cell therapy has given me years I never thought I would have.
'I set up the Heart Cells Foundation so that others may benefit from this new and exciting science.'

Noble Scientist approve of Early Stem Cell Research


Well, okay. That just about nails it up, doesn't it? Those Nobel winners are certainly smarter than we are. We ought to just shut up and get out of the way of science. After all, only stupid people (or extremists) would want to put up some kind of limits on scientific inquiry.

Oh, and did you catch the new term? Early stem cell research. That's it! We just won't use the word "embyronic" and all our problems will be gone! So now it is just "early" and "adult" stem cells.

The embryo is out of the picture, literally.