By John Stonestreet & G. Shane Morris I certainly don’t recommend the cartoon “Family Guy,” but in a 2012 episode the main character, Peter Griffin, has a stroke that paralyzes half his body. He stumbles into a stem cell research lab and is cured in five minutes. “Why aren’t we funding this?” he asks. Well, …Continue reading "The Failure of Embryonic Stem Cell Research"
By Michael Cook The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has announced that it can no longer accept grant applications. There is no more money in the cookie jar. The CIRM was set up in 2004 after 59% of California voters approved a $3 billion bond issue to support human embryonic stem cell research. The …Continue reading "California’s stem cell institute may close doors"
By Wesley J. Smith Back in 2004, the university-biotech complex and its camp followers in the media and Hollywood convinced California voters to borrow $3 Billion to establish the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Its purpose was to pay for embryonic stem-cell and human-cloning research over which the federal-government imposed funding restrictions. The campaign …Continue reading "Will California Voters Be Stem-Cell Suckered Again?"
By Michael Cook In 2004 California voted 59% to 41% for Proposition 71, an amendment to the state constitution which would create the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine through a $3 billion bond issue. Interest added another $3 billion to the bill. Now the CIRM’s funding has nearly run out and its supporters plan to …Continue reading "Is the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine worth it?"
By Wesley J. Smith The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) was a multi-billion dollar money suck agreed to by California voters in 2004 as a way to “resist Bush” about embryonic stem-cell research. The mendacious campaign promised Cures! Cures! Cures! with embryonic stem cells and therapeutic human cloning — even promising that disabled children …Continue reading "California Stem-Cell Agency Wants More Voter Money"
By Right to Life of Michigan The CIRM was to be the great hope for cures for millions of Americans suffering from incurable diseases. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine was created by 59 percent of California voters in 2004 and given $3 billion in tax dollars to pursue cures by killing human embryos and …Continue reading "Stem cell hucksters back for more cash"
By Michael Cook The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine [CIRM] was created in 2004 after voters overwhelmingly supported a $3 billion bond issue to pay for stem cell cures. President George W. Bush had just restricted federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research to cells derived from embryos that had already been destroyed and …Continue reading "“Shamelessly oversold,” CIRM has funded just a trickle of clinical trials in hunt for stem cell therapies"
By Wesley J. Smith When George W. Bush put federal funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, the media and “the scientists” screamed that he was “anti-science” and that he was destroying the “only hope” for CURES! CURES! CURES! When supporters of Bush’s policy, and opponents of embryonic stem cell research on ethical and scientific …Continue reading "Embryonic Stem Cell Hype Was Just that: Hype"
By Michael Cook “Will Embryonic Stem Cells Ever Cure Anything?” is a skeptical headline which you would expect to read in a conservative journal like the National Review or the Weekly Standard. However, it is a bit surprising to find it in the MIT Technology Review, in a profile of Douglas Melton, a Harvard stem …Continue reading "Have embryonic stem cells hit the wall?"
By Wesley J. Smith Embryonic stem cell hypers have themselves to blame for the apparent proliferation of stem cell fraud. You see, in order to win the ESCR political debate, harm President Bush’s popularity, and gain billions in research dollars, universities, scientists, bioethicists, sector advocacy groups, and Big Biotech PR departments–amplified by an in the …Continue reading "Embryonic Stem Cell Hypers Opened Door for Stem Cell Fraud"
By Wesley J. Smith I predicted in 2013 that the company which bought Geron would restart its embryonic stem cell product human trial. Indeed, it is. I could also have predicted the media would hype it to the moon. And so the San Francisco Chronicle has in big headlines on the front page. From, …Continue reading "Embryonic Stem Cell Hype Encore"
By Wesley J. Smith In 2004, California voters passed Proposition 71 under an avalanche of mendacious CURES! CURES! CURES! hype: Children would get out of wheelchairs! Diabetes would be conquered! Mendacity, mendacity, all was mendacity. Ten years later and the spin has spun. Now, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) will need voters …Continue reading "San Francisco Chronicle Turns Against CA Stem Cell Agency"