Easy As Taking Cells From An Embryo

embryo7President Barack Obama signed an executive order on today that ends the federal government’s 2001 restrictions on federal funding for some embryonic stem cell lines. Again FEDERAL FUNDING. In August 2001 Bush allowed tax dollars to support studies to 21 already-existing cell lines. That meant that a provision renewed by Congress every year since 1996, banning research in which embryos are destroyed, no longer stood as an absolute barrier to the stem cell work.

Obama’s new executive order will open the door wider. That’s right WIDER. We are talking about embryonic stem cells and for those that are not aware embryonic stem cells are harvested from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst seven to ten days after fertilization. You pick your argument from here. I have to remind you who your dealing with, Democrats, Liberal Democrats that criticized the Bush administration for politicizing embryonic science. Democrats that criticize Bush but celebrate Obama on the same issue, some very typical of the Liberal Democrats.

Don’t get me wrong in this topic. Stem cell research is still considered to be the gateway to finding cure for debilitating neurological and muscular diseases, Parkinson’s, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, something that can be done with Adult Stem Cell. See there is a difference. Adult stem cell lines isolated from mature tissues and commonly used in stem cell research, as are cells isolated from umbilical cord blood, not embryos. Adult stem cells are not totipotent or pluripotent like embryonic stem cells, but rather more specialized cells that are multipotent. Already, abortion opponents are bracing for a battle over the stem-cell policy.

President Obama’s Executive Order open up federal funding for stem cell research. He acknowledged that studying stem cells extracted from human embryos, which are destroyed in the process, is deeply divisive. Do you really think he cares, NO! In making his announcement, Obama made some reference to human cloning, he was running off to make himself sound smart, anyway cloning and embryonic stem cell has been a mixed issue since single genes were isolated, that debate will exist forever.

Obama said this and remember this statement, he would ensure that his administration “never opens the door” to cloning for human reproduction, adding, “It is dangerous, profoundly wrong and has no place in our society or any society.” Yeah Right !!!

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    • Europe
    • March 10th, 2009

    I read about this. Am not one against stem cell research, but I do think we should be careful as to how far we should go. I hope people will not take advantage of abortions and suggest abortions for research.

  1. It is not government’s role to fund this kind of research. Leave it to the medical corporations, research firms and foundations. Leave my tax money out it!

    • emptysuit
    • March 10th, 2009

    Europe, you’re right we should be careful when you open the gates. This issue is going to have an argument on both ends on the morals issues. Thanks.

    Pasadena, you’re hitting research on the head, government should not be funding this kind of research, it needs to continue to be in the private, non profit hands. Government will do top secret research and who know what and where they get the cells from. 20 years from now we find out that they impregnated women just to get embryonic cell. Thanks

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