Why Are Some Scientists Obsessed with ESC Research?

While adult stem cell research continues to show promise in various treatments, we find some scientists who are obsessed with keeping embryonic stem cell research on the public dole. The same tactics are used in their argument which are also used in the creationism vs. evolution debate. For example, some have claimed, restricting funding on ESC research is an attack on “science” despite the fact that $500 million already has been spent on ESC research.

Jack Mosher at the University of Michigan said, “It’s worrying that I could come into work one day and I might not be allowed to do my research because of someone’s ideological beliefs rather than the quality of the science.” Many specular promises are made for what might come out of the research. Last month Nature published a article critical of adult stem cells suggesting that some may have memory problems making  true pluripotent stem cells and ESC more appealing.

Nature news in a court ruling against funding ESC research are lobbying congress to make a law to keep taxpayer money coming in while awaiting another decision by the court. Physorg has been the only secular outlet that has a balanced story on the advancements of adult stem cell research and ESC research. The article notes the ethical concerns with embryonic stem cell research unlike previous articles in other publications.

Dr. Paul Sanberg, admitted that “Two decades of cell-based research has been accompanied by poor management of public discussion regarding ethics.” That is because for many of them who are pro-ESC research, it’s not about ethics or the fact that adult stem cells have been showing greater promise in treatments but it’s about the money!

It has been reported that a spinal cord treatment using embryonic stem cells is going to be conducted for the first time on humans but no amount of scientific research on embryos can address the ethics of doing what they can do. The destruction of a human embryo! However, not all of this research is bad, there are other ways of obtaining ESC that can be used for treatments without ethical concerns but one thing is for sure, ESC research is not going to live up to the hype that some scientists are suggesting  with their obsession using emotional ranting, hopefully this is not going to take away from adult stem research and it’s progress!  The United States is for the people and by the people and the public should not bow down to scientists and always give them what they want, they are only human!

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5 thoughts on “Why Are Some Scientists Obsessed with ESC Research?

  1. While adult stem cell research continues to show promise in various treatments, we find some scientists who are obsessed with keeping embryonic stem cell research on the public dole. The same tactics are used in their argument which are also used in the creationism vs. evolution debate. For example, some have claimed, restricting funding on ESC research is an attack on “science” despite the fact that $500 million already has been spent on ESC research.[0]

    In addition to having no demonstrable qualifications to discuss any field of science whatever, and lapses in basic reading comprehension, Michael seems to have a short memory. He addressed this same material on August 18 (“Adult Stem Cell Research Continues To Progress”) and has learned nothing from the rebuttals of his position. He doesn’t even bother to argue them.

    Despite all information to the contrary, Michael continues to believe that the discovery of adult stem cells obviates, now and forevermore, any need for research on embryonic stems cells.

    A Washington Post article on August 25 tells us who needs embryonic stem cells and why. The recent judicial decision that Federally funded research using such cells is illegal has caused a firestorm in the community. NIH Director Francis Collins—certainly no stranger to the ethical issues[1]—said, “This decision has the potential to do serious harm to one of the most promising areas of biomedical research.” Elaine Fuchs, president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research: “This is the worst possible situation. This is going to be extremely damaging.”

    50 requests for new stem-cell grants were pulled. 199 grants will continue, but will be forced to stop if the situation is not resolved. A dozen already approved grants were frozen, and 22 projects up for renewal will bu cut off. The ruling will impact 80% of all the stem-cell research in the United States, including most studies in adult stem cells.

    An article on August 26 in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune tells us who needs embryonic stem cells. The University of Minnesota is a world leader in biomedical research, and has a strong stem-cell program. Eight current projects will halt as a result of the ruling against embryonic stem cell use.

    The irony is that the ruling mainly will hurt experiments aimed at using adult cells—not embryonic ones—to treat diseases, said Jonathan Slack, director of the university’s Stem Cell Institute.

    “It’s a ridiculous ruling,” Slack said of Monday’s court order…. “This is actually going to hamper adult stem-cell research very seriously.”

    Of the current projects being performed here, how many will be impacted?

    “All of these eight grants are mostly about [adult] cells, which the opponents of stem cell research [say] are just fine because they’re not embryonic,” he said. “It’s very unfortunate that it should be impeded, particularly by the people who say they support it.”

    Embryonic stem cells are an integral part of all stem-cell research. Everyone hopes that adult stem cells will replace them. But hoping will not make it so. Meanwhile, the ignorance and wishful thinking displayed by people such as Michael drag down the entire effort.

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    [0] Presumabl6y Michael also urges terminating Federally-funded cancer research. We’ve spenmt a lot more than $500M on that, and are still decades away from cures.

    [1] If Michael knew anything at all about the science, he would realize that adult stem cells raise their own ethical questions. As just one example, an embryonic stem cell allows one to clone the female donor only. But adult stem cells allow anyone to clone himself.

  2. While we’re on the subject of ignorance—or, rather, while I’m on the subject of ignorance, yesterday’s issue of the New York Left-Leaning Commie Liberal Times offered an article, “Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans.”

    The Pew Foundation on Religion and Public Life polled 3,400 Americans about the Bible, teachings of Christianity, famous religious leaders of the past and present, and world religions.

    On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

    Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.

    “Even after all these other factors, including education, are taken into account, atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons still outperform all the other religious groups in our survey,” said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew.

    Sad. Really sad. But then we know that biblical creationism was conceived and nurtured in ignorance.

  3. Why are scientists “obsessed?”

    Michael, different scientists do different research…. If there are scientists working on a quantum theory of gravity, would you ask why some scientists are obsessed with a quantum theory of gravity?

  4. [W]e find some scientists who are obsessed with keeping embryonic stem cell research on the public dole. The same tactics are used in their argument which are also used in the creationism vs. evolution debate.

    Socrates Puppete wishes to note here that no one has ever argued either for or against keeping creatioist research on the public dole.

    That might be, however, because there is no such thing as creationist research.

  5. If there are scientists working on a quantum theory of gravity, would you ask why some scientists are obsessed with a quantum theory of gravity?

    But if we should, buy some stretch of imagination find a scientist—say, Michael Behe—obsessed with intelligent design, we might ask why.

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