Sunday, April 15, 2007

Embryonic stem cell research

Sometimes I'm quite surprised by what is being said "out there".
Scientists have admitted that promises about embryonic research have been hyped and that patients are not likely to see benefits for decades – if ever.

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So, the research is not only unethical and unnecessary (did you see the breaking news in JAMA this week of another success with adult stem cells, this time with diabetes?),but it turns out the real point of it is to provide scientists with human bodies – small though they may be – to experiment upon. [emphasis mine]

One by one. First "are not likely". Duh! That's why we research because we don't know.

Second, "another success with adult stem cells". Hmmm. Wouldn't success in one line of research suggest similar success with another line?

Third, "human bodies". Gimme a break.

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Anonymous Eli said...

Well, gee - I guess if we're not going to see benefits right away, we might as well not bother. I mean, why should we give a shit about research that might not benefit us personally?

(Remember Laura Bush lamenting the cruel "false hope" that stem cell research would give to people?)

4/15/2007 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

The terminology and wording may change, but not the essential talking point.

4/15/2007 03:16:00 PM  

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