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"
By Michael Cook Good for the Washington Post! It certainly takes a principled stand in its editorial on stem cell research. Not even its potential for curing dread diseases is sufficient reason to cross a bright line, it argues. “The creation of human embryos specifically for research that will destroy them is unconscionable. The …Continue reading "The Washington Post’s 180 degree turn on human cloning"
By Wesley J. Smith Here we go again! Now that human cloning has been done with adult cells, the pro-cloning crowd pushes it using junk biology–just as they did in years past. First at bat: The Washington Post in an editorial. It acknowledges that embryonic stem cell research is controversial because it destroys embryos. …Continue reading "Post’s Junk Biology Pushes Human Cloning"
By Wesley J. Smith Pro embryo-destructive research activists are often so irrational. They claim than an embryo isn’t an embryo but merely a “bunch of cells.” Well, for the reductionist minded, so are they. They claim that an embryo is no different than the cells you kill when you brush your teeth. But embryos …Continue reading "Embryo Value Debated in Europe Too"