The AP is reporting that President Barack Obama plans to lift restrictions Monday on taxpayer-funded research using embryonic stem cells. You can read the incredibly biased report here.
And here’s another incredibly biased report, but one that also points out a lot of stuff the mainstream media in their glee isn’t telling you.
For example, from the LifeNews.com article: “Expecting the executive order, National Institutes of Health officials indicated last month that they had already started working on the paperwork necessary to begin funneling public funds to projects involving the use of embryonic stem cells.
Story Landis, who heads NIH’s stem cell task force, says the paperwork is almost ready to go once Obama signs the executive order.
He added that some of the $10 billion the NIH is getting from the economic stimulus bill could be used to fund embryonic stem cell research.”
$10,000,000,000? TEN BILLION?
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The whole premise of embryonic stem cell research is that it could one day provide better treatments, if not cures, for ailments randing from diabetes to paralysis. But adult stem cell research – which does not destroy human life through the harvesting and destruction of human embryos – can do the same thing and has already been proven to have better results.
But apparently there is less money to be made. It’s all about your money.
Let’s look at some of the pros and cons and the differences between Embryonic and Adult Stem Cell Research. According to Dr Alan Moy, CEO of Cellular Engineering Technologies (CET), and Director of the recently formed John Paul II Stem Cell Research Institute (JP2SRI), he pointed out the following facts in a 2007 interview with Mercatornet:
Adult stem cells offer these advantages:
- No ethical controversy
- No destruction of human life (or if you don’t believe embryos are life, then the potential for life)
- No to minimal risk of immune rejection
- Better stability than embryonic stem cells
- Reduced cost and time to harvest and grow up an initial stem cell line from adult tissue than from embryonic sources.
- Can be easily and plentifully obtained by umbilical cord blood donations.
Adult stem cells They have some potential disadvantages:
- Restricted ability to become more diverse tissue cells
- Restricted lifespan in culture.
Stem cells derived from human embryos offer these advantages:
- They can be maintained in culture for a long time
- They have wide diversity.
But, Embryonic Stem Cells have their problems:
- Genetic instability
- Rejection potential
- Ethical controversy (Millions of people believe this destroys life)
- Difficult to culture and expensive and laborious
- They form tumors.
For me, it all boils down to life. Why destroy something that has so much potential. Worse yet, why create life only to destroy it?
Expect an official announcement on Monday when I’ll most likely be ranting about it on the radio.