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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Must Be Time to Lie About Science Again

Right-wing conservatives are at it again. Since President Barack Obama lifted the date restriction to allow research on stem cell clusters created after 2001, the expected political battle is hot as conservatives claim that a human life is being taken when blastocystic stem cells are used for science.Conservative leaders lobbying Congress are using lies to forward their campaign against research that could help millions of people who suffer from conditions that may be cured or positively affected through stem cell biology.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative think tank says, "With limited tax dollars available, we should not use those funds for research that is at best morally questionable."

I ask Mr. Perkins, “Is flushing or trashing unused ‘embryos’ (as you call them) a better moral choice than using them for research that may save lives?” And, I’d also like to know why telling the truth is not a moral obligation to the right wing party.

Conservatists have reported that adult stem cells have cured or treated 72 diseases, and that embryonic stem cells have cured none.

Well, here is the truth:

Only nine conditions treated with adult stem cells have demonstrated both safety and efficacy in all three phases of clinical trials and are considered as “standard therapy” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treatments. These are: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplasia, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome-X1, and Thalassemia Major.

Due to the pluripotency properties of blastocyst stem cell (that older adult stem cells do not have) has demonstrated that stem cells created from leftover lab-created blastocysts have allowed a paralyzed rat (having spinal cord injury) to walk again. The blastocysts used have not been introduced into a woman’s body and therefore a pregnancy has not occurred and no life is being taken with this research. These blastocysts would have been thrown away had science not rescued them.

Seems like right-wingers would rather continue discarding usable scientific material and spend tax payer money to try and get adult stem cells to behave the same as the “embryonic” cells being tossed.

Research should be done on all types of stem cells, and the truth should be told. Read Right to Recover Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America to learn more.

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