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President Obama signed an executive order Monday repealing a Bush-era policy that limited federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research.
Obama's move overturns an order signed by President Bush in 2001 that barred the National Institutes of Health from funding research on embryonic stem cells beyond using 60 cell lines that existed at that time.
Obama also signed a presidential memorandum establishing greater independence for federal science policies and programs.
"In recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values," Obama said at the White House.
"In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering. I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research -- and the humanity and conscience to do so responsibly."
found a way of producing embryonic-like stem cells from unfertilised eggs. The egg is chemically stimulated to create a group of cells that form a non-viable (and unfertilised) “embryo”. This, explains Kenneth Aldrich, the firm’s boss, is something that could not be implanted into a woman’s womb and produce a child. Nonetheless, the cells it contains have the same characteristics as stem cells.
Besides any ethical advantages this procedure may have, it could also have medical ones. Because lines of stem cells created in this way have only one parent, they are immunologically simpler than normal embryonic cells—in other words they have a smaller variety of the proteins that trigger rejection. That lack of variety, says Dr Aldrich, means it might be feasible to create a bank of stem-cell lines that could be matched to every immune type in the human population, rather as a blood bank carries blood of all the different groups (A, B, O and so on). Replacement stem cells might then be ordered off the shelf.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
It may upset some people because of their nature, but we need to look to the future on this subject and cannot stop funding of vital projects because of outdated ideology.
- Ellen Barrosse, President, A Rose and a Prayer Inc.
This is a triple tragedy: we will destroy human lives; we will waste recession-era tax dollars; and two years after science developed better technology for obtaining the pluripotent cells needed for cures and treatment, we will redirect spending to an obsolete mode of research--hESCR.
Originally posted by Supercertari
Now, despite this being an issue above his pay grade, President Obama has made another decision which continues this civilization's habit of disrespect for human life.
I have a great degree of compassion for those who suffer from illnesses which stem cell research might benefit, I support stem cell research but cannot and do not support embryonic stem research which is using human life for an end other than that intended - which is life. His move is ideological and makes "easy science" which is not always the best kind of science.
Originally posted by Leto
The embryos to be used come from women who instead of becoming Octo Moms decided to donate their embryos for research. If these embryos aren't used for stem cell research they will be discarded, so why not use them to help lives?
Originally posted by whatukno
Abortions aren't the only places to get embryonic stem cells. Many of these cells are readily available in the umbilical cord at birth. The baby certainly does not need them, and otherwise the cord will just get thrown away. There are exactly how many live births at hospitals in this country alone every day?
The argument against stem cell research is flawed. It's flawed in the fact that embryonic stem cells don't always have to be harvested from aborted fetus tissue.
Originally posted by saint4God
If embryos/fetuses were not used, I'd stand behind the idea one hundred percent both as a believer and a scientist.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
You'd rather have them thrown in the trash? These are embryos that women were using for IVF and then didn't need.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
They got pregnant before using them all. So these embryos are going to "die" anyway.