THE US IS #1! -Another first for the US!
The article below is entitled:
“The Leader in Stem Cell Research? The US.”
What a bunch of *$&#X%! We are only the leader in “consumption of embryonic stem cells used for research”. We are in fact about 8 years behind most of the developed world in stem cell research. What else are we #1 in?
#1 consumer of the stem cells that have shown the least potential for treatment (embryonic)!
#1 consumer of environmentally damaging and war causing oil!
#1 consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana!
What do you say we load up my SUV with cocaine and heroin, have a slammin party, OD on drugs and die young! We might as well cause embryonic stem cells won’t produce cures for diseases anytime soon!
If only we could afford it. Our country’s bank account is $-568,800,000,000 ranking us 188th in the world. Not to worry, we still have a good chance of dying before needing stem cells. The WHO ranks our health system at 37th, our life expectancy is 30th in the world, infant mortality is 34th in the world and this is all with our Health Expenditures as a % of GDP being almost the highest in the world (we are ranked #2). Now that’s money well spent.
And we’ll all probably be shot soon anyway. We are ranked 78th in intentional homicides (and in this category, #1 is good).
HOORAY FOR THE U.S.A.! What’s not to love? – dg
The Leader in (EMBRYONIC) Stem Cell Research? The US.
Which country gets the most embryonic stem cells for research?
The graph below comes from our research at Stanford (with my collaborators at Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan), featured on the cover of the March issue of the journal Cell Stem Cell. We examined the world’s largest stem cell banks, in Wisconsin and at Harvard University. Twice as many shipments go to US researchers compared to rest of the world. The worldwide demand by scientists for embryonic stem cells is very strong. Way, way stronger than for credit default swap derivatives.