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STEM CELLS IN 2000 – The pope, Bill Clinton and stem cells (a look back)

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS FROM THE PAST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

STEM CELLS IN 2000 – The pope, Bill Clinton and stem cells (a look back)

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September 02, 2000 -By Gordon Prather

© 2009 WorldNetDaily.com

Well, you probably don’t expect Pope John Paul II and Bible-toting Bill to agree on abortion. So you were probably not surprised that, after Clinton announced the Final Federal Guidelines on Pluripotent Stem Cell research

last week, the pope immediately addressed in English an international congress being held in Rome of the Transplantation Society.

The Pope said, “Attempts at human cloning with a view to obtaining organs for transplants … insofar as they involve the manipulation and destruction of human embryos, are not morally acceptable.”

Now some newsies reported that the pope had come out against “cloning” humans, which he hadn’t. And from some news accounts you may have supposed that Bill Clinton had completely reversed his position of only three years ago, prohibiting the cloning of humans, which he hadn’t.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=20079

SCIENCE VS. RELIGION: Solved.

In RELIGION & STEM CELLS on December 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Science vs. Religion: Solved? (hardly. my comments below)

Despite their inevitable conflicts–science, religion and New Age spirituality are essentially compatible and complementary activities.

“Until recently it seemed that the continued expansion of scientific ways of thinking was destined to render religion extinct and spirituality unfeasible. But the example of the United States disproves this, since America is the most successful scientific nation of this era, church-going remains strong and New Age spiritualities are thriving. Therefore, despite the obvious conflicts; science, religion and spirituality are essentially compatible.”

First of all, I have a problem with the statement “America is the most” anything when the era is not over and we are already losing ground significantly to much of the world.

“Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development finds that Americans are below average in science competency. Among OECD countries, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Mexico have lower mean scores than the US; Sweden, Hungary, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and Finland, as well as students in the combined area of the European Union, have higher mean scores than the US. Denmark, France, Iceland, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Norway and Luxembourg cannot be distinguished from US performance with statistical significance.” (1)

Second, you can’t use a backwards looking statement as a forward looking argument.  To paraphrase: “America WAS a scientific force so science and religion ARE compatible and will continue to become more so in the future?”  Third, what about all of those “death of religion” articles I keep reading?  Ok, this is a morass so let’s stick to America as a leader in science.

America is NOT the most successful scientific nation of this era…especially when it comes to stem cell treatments.

“…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.”

From https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/screw-the-embryos-they%e2%80%99re-irrelevant/

USA Falling Behind

While many nations have taken the innovation challenge to heart and put in place a host of policies to spur innovation, the United States has done little, consequently falling behind in innovation policies and risking falling behind in innovation performance as well.

via NCBI ROFL: Science vs. Religion: Solved..

Federal suit challenges stem cell funding guidelines

In RELIGION & STEM CELLS on August 31, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Baptist Press – Federal suit challenges stem cell funding guidelines – News with a Christian Perspective

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 | by Tom Strode

WASHINGTON (BP)–The Obama administration’s guidelines for federal funding of stem cell research that results in the destruction of human embryos have been challenged in court, and a lawyer behind the suit says he thinks its “chances are very good.”

The National Institutes of Health’s decision to fund embryonic stem cell research is “unethical, scientifically unnecessary, fiscally irresponsible and counterproductive,” opponents said in their complaint filed Aug. 19 in District of Columbia federal court.

Their suit contends the guidelines violate a 13-year-old congressional ban on funds for research that destroys embryos. It also says the National Institutes of Health (NIH) failed to follow procedures required by law before issuing the guidelines, including in its dismissal of substantial studies that show other stem cells are “ethically and medically superior alternatives.” …

via Baptist Press – Federal suit challenges stem cell funding guidelines – News with a Christian Perspective.

Flores’ Easter embryo message | Naked Politics

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 12, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Flores’ Easter embryo message

Miami Rep. Anitere Flores is picking up where Republican rival David Rivera left off when it comes to banning public funding of embryonic stem-cell research. She issued the following letter to for Science and Ethics Chair Claire Thuning-Roberson:

Dr. Roberson –

I hope that you have received the news about Rep. Rivera’s recent effort to write language into the state budget that would prevent state funding of embryonic stem cell research. It is gratifying that our efforts over the past few years are paying off and that more legislators are getting involved in our fight. As we continue to move through the budget process, there will be skeptics who will try to derail this effort. Can you please help us get the word out to CSE and all of the partner organizations that we need concerned Floridians to call their legislators and ask them to support the language in the budget to halt any funding for embryonic stem cell research. Especially with what has recently transpired at the national l

evel, this is our opportunity to make a definitive statement on the issue in Florida.

The facts are clear. Adult stem cell research is working. Embryonic stem cell research is not, and carries with it huge ethical and moral liabilities. We need to get all research dollars focused on adult stem cell research, and efforts like these are a great step forward.

God bless and have a wonderful Easter,

Anitere

via Flores’ Easter embryo message | Naked Politics.

The Jewish View on Stem Cells – Jewish & Israel News

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS on March 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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By Eric Fingerhut · March 9, 2009 · Edit

We’ve got statements from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, National Jewish Democratic Council and National Council for Jewish Women on Obama’s stem cell order — and they all like it.

First, the JCPA:

President Obama’s executive order lifting restrictions on stem cells gives scientists and researchers additional tools to help find cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other disorders and diseases, says a leading Jewish advocacy organization.

In a White House ceremony today, President Obama signed an executive order lifting restrictions on federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) welcomed the president’s action, calling the new policy a small victory for those working to find cures for such otherwise incurable conditions which affect millions of Americans each year.

Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), who attended today’s signing ceremony, made the following statement after the White House ceremony:

“As Jews, we place a strong value on the preservation of life and as our nation has advanced medically we have inched closer to discovering the root, cause and cure for many medical disorders that afflict a countless number of individuals. We do not know how close we are to discovering any cures, but with the new stem cell policy the administration put in place today, scientists and researchers will have additional tools to aid their work.”…..

via Some more stem cell reaction | Capital J | JTA – Jewish & Israel News.

If it looks like a duck and acts like a duck…it’s not a duck!

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on February 26, 2009 at 7:41 pm

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When does an adult stem cell look like an embryonic stem cell and act like an embryonic stem cell but isn’t an adult stem cell?

When it’s an Induced pluripotent stem cell.

Induced pluripotent stem cells[1], commonly abbreviated as iPS cells or iPSCs, are a type of pluripotent stem cell artificially derived from a non-pluripotent cell, typically an adult somatic cell, by inducing a “forced” expression of certain genes.

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells are believed to be identical to natural pluripotent stem cells, such as embryonic stem cells in many respects, such as the expression of certain stem cell genes and proteins, chromatin methylation patterns, doubling time, embryoid body formation, teratoma formation, viable chimera formation, and potency and differentiability, but the full extent of their relation to natural pluripotent stem cells is still being assessed.

IPSCs were first produced in 2006 from mouse cells and in 2007 from human cells. This has been cited as an important advancement in stem cell research, as it may allow researchers to obtain pluripotent stem cells, which are important in research and potentially have therapeutic uses, without the controversial use of embryos.

via Induced pluripotent stem cell – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

AFP: Pope admonishes Pelosi on duty to protect unborn

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm
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Pope admonishes Pelosi on duty to protect unborn

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday admonished visiting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who advocates abortion rights, that “all Catholics” should uphold the Church’s teachings on life.

Benedict “took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death,” the Vatican said in a statement.

These “enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists as well as those responsible for the common good of society to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development,” the statement said.

Pelosi, the highest-ranking US official to see the pope since President Barack Obama took office last month, describes herself as an “ardent” Catholic while advocating reproductive rights.

via AFP: Pope admonishes Pelosi on duty to protect unborn.

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Vatican condemns embryo stem cell research, cloning

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead his general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 24, 2008.

Photograph by: Tony Gentile, Reuters

VATICAN CITY – A Vatican bioethics document Friday condemned artificial fertilization and other techniques used by many couples and also said human cloning, “designer babies” and embryonic stem-cell research were immoral.

via Vatican condemns embryo stem cell research, cloning.

Carroll: New seven deadly sins have relevance to business | Athens Banner-Herald

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm
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Carroll: New seven deadly sins have relevance to business

Athens Banner-Herald | Story updated at 3:34 pm on 2/21/2009

My last column addressed the “old” seven deadly sins. That list included pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth.

To be sure, each of these in various forms can have adverse consequences as they are manifested in the workplace.

Today’s subject is the set of “new” deadly sins as articulated by the Vatican last year. Reverberating from the seven cardinal vices, set forth by Pope Gregory I in the 6th century, the new list combines a social dimension, according to Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican spokesman.

…The new seven mortal sins include: genetic modification, human experimentation, polluting the environment, social injustice, causing poverty, financial gluttony and drug abuse. Each of these has a business ethics dimension and relevance today…

► The category of human experimentation apparently is directed toward some morally dubious (embryonic) stem-cell research.

According to a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, the debate over (embryonic) stem-cell research centers on the basic question regarding the moral status of a human embryo.

The public has been divided on (embryonic) stem-cell research. A recent survey found that 61 percent of the adults polled supported it and 31 percent opposed it.

One big issue in this arena seems to be how the embryos were obtained…

via Carroll: New seven deadly sins have relevance to business | Athens Banner-Herald.

BILL CLINTON BACKS MICHIGAN STEM CELL PROP 2

In ALL ARTICLES, RELIGION & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm
Bill Clinton backs Michigan’s Prop 2
By Alexa Stanard 10/13/08 6:52 AM
Former president Bill Clinton speaks Friday on behalf of CureMichigan. (photo: Alexa Stanard)

Former president Bill Clinton speaks Friday on behalf of CureMichigan. (photo: Alexa Stanard)

Former President Bill Clinton rallied a star-studded Michigan political crowd Friday to support a ballot proposal that would permit embryonic stem-cell research in the state.

Clinton appeared at the upscale fund-raiser hosted by CureMichigan, the organization backing Proposal 2, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.  He called support for stem-cell research “the pro-life position” and cited the research’s potential benefits both to those facing health problems like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease and to Michigan’s struggling economy.

“There isn’t a person here who doesn’t know someone who could be benefited by this work,” Clinton told the crowd of several hundred in Waterford Township, northwest of Detroit. “This is not about cloning. This is about letting Michigan do what can be done in almost any other state.”…

http://michiganmessenger.com/6192/bill-clinton-backs-michigans-prop-2

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