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Pfizer flushes $100 million down the toilet

In ALL ARTICLES on May 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Money stackstoilet

Pfizer is pumping $100 million into its international stem cell development program.
They are going to us embryonic stem cells and see if they have any potential in treating cardiac muscle.
They want to make drugs from the stem cells.

  • $100 million
  • into a science that is at worst, a dead end for creating treatments and at best, will not produce treatments for 20-50 years.
  • to develop drugs (instead of using the stem cells themselves)
  • for a disease that has been treated successfully with adult stem cells since early 2000

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.

So what if Dr James Thomson, father of embryonic research said about embryonic research: “…embryonic stem cells are not being used in any clinical applications yet, while alternatives such as adult stem cells figure in scores of therapies.”

So what if Dr Oz said on national TV “the stem cell debate is dead,” recognizing the lack of potential in embryonic stem cells to produce cures.

So what if Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, abandoned 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  Dr. Bernadine Healy, director of the National Institutes of Health under the first President Bush, wrote in U.S. News & World Report that these recent developments “in the first six weeks of Obama’s term, 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.”

Pfizer forges ahead with dead science.

$100 million…money well spent.

from https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/03/21/2793/

    original article: http://www.fiercebiotech.com/story/pfizer-pumps-100m-stem-cell-research/2009-05-08

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