SCREW THE EMBRYOS, THEY’RE IRRELEVANT!
HOW DO YOU LIKE LIVING ON DEATH ROW?
By David Granovsky
Editor, RSCI Newsletter
“…since few people can afford to travel outside the country for adult stem cell treatments, ESC-crazed America, the Bangladesh of stem cells, with its focus on “treatment useless” research, and 4-8 years behind the rest of the world on available adult stem cell treatments, has become exactly that, a death row prison cell for those suffering from so-called untreatable diseases.”
Should embryos be researched? In theory, everything should be researched because we won’t know what advancements can come of it until it’s done. But what about embryonic research in regard to treatments and the great stem cell debate? Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!
So what if embryonic research has been 100% fruitless (in regard to generating treatments) for well-funded and government supported scientists around the world for the last 11 years. Maybe the U.S. scientists can discover amazing new things given enough time and money. Because we will never know what advances and benefits that research may bring us.
So what if Dr. Colin McGuckin, a noted UK embryonic research leader at Newcastle U. before departing for more useful RSC research in France announced:
“For me, the unnecessary row over stem cells has obscured the very real issue that patients are waiting to be treated. Some of those can be, here and now with cord blood. Cord blood has no ethical controversies whatsoever – it’s accepted by every major religion on the planet. The best estimates of the embryonic scientists in our own university in Newcastle is that embryonic stem cells may not be able to help people this side of 50 years. That’s my lifetime. And that’s worrying. We can’t wait that long.”
So what if the world’s best embryonic scientists believe that Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC – adult cells modified to be able to become any cell in the human body) seem to have all of the benefits of ESC with significantly less of a rejection issue, without the political & religious controversy or the tumor and cancer potential that ESC do?
So what if Time magazine named iPSC innovation No. 1 on its “Top 10 Scientific Discoveries” of 2007, and the journal Science rated it the No. 1 breakthrough of 2008?
So what if the iPSC findings even prompted Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, to abandon his license to attempt human cloning, saying that the researchers “may have achieved what no politician could: an end to the embryonic stem cell debate.”
So what if 3 weeks ago, Dr. Bernadine Healy, onetime director of the National Institutes of Health, wrote in U.S. News & World Report that these recent development:
“…several events reinforced the notion that embryonic stem cells, once thought to hold the cure for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes, are obsolete … in fact, adult stem cells, which occur in small quantities in organs throughout the body for natural growth and repair, have become stars despite great skepticism early on.”
So what if Dr James Thomson, godfather of embryonic research said: “Already these reprogrammed cells (iPSC) have eclipsed the value of those harvested from embryos, because of significantly lower cost, ease of production, and genetic identity with the patient.”
But personally I am selfish and I have an evil agenda. I am less concerned with promoting broad spectrum research of everything that may educate us. I am interested in research that can help suffering human beings now, human beings who have debilitating, life-altering or life-threatening diseases.
I want to help them now.
And we can…
And we aren’t.
I don’t want to see the tears of one more person who is turned away from their doctor’s door with the statement, “there’s nothing more we can do” while people around the world have been successfully treated for that same disease for 3, 5, 7 years.
I can’t sit at the death bed of the millions dying each year and try to get them excited about the wonderful discoveries we will make in the future, the advancement of the human race, the spirit of the human quest for knowledge.
I refuse to go to death row and tell each inmate about how every prison but theirs has pardoned the death row inmates and the governor is going to pardon everyone on death row here too! But sorry, only after they are executed.
That is what we are talking about for MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. A death sentence with no potential of pardon…until after they die. And since few people can afford to travel outside the country for adult stem cell treatments, ESC-crazed America, the Bangladesh of stem cells, with its focus on “treatment useless” research, and 4-8 years behind the rest of the world on available
adult stem cell treatments, has become exactly that, a death row prison cell for those suffering from so-called untreatable diseases.
If you want to engage in battle about researching embryos then go for it. Knock yourself out. And good luck to both sides in the battle because no one will ever back down and no one will win. Ever.
But if you want to talk about using embryos for TREATMENTS, then you are a religious fanatic worshipping at the altar of science while sacrificing human life. And by human life, I mean the dying millions, not the embryos. Embryonic research won’t produce treatments for 10-20 years, if one is to believe the ESC optimists, and human suffering does not matter to you compared to the religion of pure science.
So for those suffering from already-treatable Spinal Cord Injuries, Autism, CP, MS, Diabetes, ALS, optic nerve disorders and 100+ others, and especially for the 1.5 million who die every year from the top four diseases in “death row,” Screw the Embryos, They’re Irrelevant!