On August 23, 2010, a judge ruled based on the Dickey-Wicker Amendment of 1996 which prohibits funding for research that destroys human embryos! Liberals in support of this research were reeling and took up arms, as well as publications like Nature whose editors wrote…
“Congress is unlikely to have a huge appetite for a bruising, highly polarizing debate in the weeks immediately preceding November’s midterm elections. Yet time is of the essence, and a great deal is at stake. The House may revert to Republican control in November, in which case action to affirm the funding would be highly unlikely….
Congress should take up the issue speedily when it reconvenes mid-month. And if ever there was a time for scientists to let members of Congress and the public know what they think, it is now.”
This political statement from a science magazine goes to show, its not about the research but about the money because the science breakthrough of the year in 2009 continues to have momentum which is ethically-untainted adult stem cell research. Furthermore, embryonic stem cell (ESC) researchers are free to seek private or corporate funding which lacks interest. One of the reason why it lacks interest is because adult stem cells are progressing well for treatments such as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) might be able to treat immune diseases says Medical Xpress while the other not so much but contains a lot of hype and promises for possible future treatments.
“Many countries have tried to research embryonic stem. Embryonic stem cells bring with them transplant rejection issues…”
Last Friday, the high court overturned the decision…“The ruling was hailed by both the White House and the National Institutes of Health, which allocated about $40 million to human embryonic stem cell research in 2010 and has set aside $125 million this year — a tiny fraction of its $31 billion budget.”
This is a classic case of taxation without representation, if there was evidence of ESCs being so promising for health, private investors would flood research labs with big bucks to make profits. The only way the ESC-greedy research community can proceed is by taking money from taxpayers, many of whom are appalled by killing embryos!