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"
By Dave Andrusko A few years back when actor Michael J. Fox made a number of ill-informed comments about the “promise” of embryonic stem cells, it was impossible not to cut him some slack. He suffers from Parkinson’s disease and it was only human nature on his part to buy into the PR that somehow …Continue reading "Famous singer unfortunately misunderstands and misrepresents effectiveness of embryonic stem cells"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. Wesley alludes to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. CIRM was established after voters in 2004 approved a state ballot initiative, Proposition 71, which funded embryonic stem cell/human cloning research using $3 billion in bonds (only $859 million remains). CIRM has come under tremendous criticism from outside authorities. I …Continue reading "Geron Sells Embryonic Stem Cell Business"
By Dave Andrusko When last we visited the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, the CIRM was under tremendous pressure to become more “accountable” and more “transparent,” especially when it came to what pro-life bioethicist Wesley Smith has called “institutional back scratching.” In case you’ve missed our many stories about CIRM, it was established after voters …Continue reading "California Institute of Regenerative Medicine not reforming itself enough, or fast enough, panel says"
By Dave Andrusko For years, bioethicist Wesley J. Smith has kept close tabs on the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, established after voters in 2004 approved a state ballot initiative, Proposition 71, which funded embryonic stem cell/human cloning research using $3 billion in bonds. Over the past year, in particular, there have been mounting calls …Continue reading "Prestigious Panel criticizes California Institute of Regenerative Medicine"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at Wesley’s terrific blog which is now located at www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/328843/hyping-embryonic-stem-cells-its-2004 I thought we were finally finished with all the hype over embryonic stem cell research. During the first decade of the 21st century, that was pretty much all we got in the media, …Continue reading "Hyping Embryonic Stem Cells Like It’s 2004"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. There is still time to register for the National Right to Life convention June 28-30 and to reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Just go to www.nrlconvention.org. A friend who knows of my fascination with publicizing alternatives to embryonic stem cells forwarded me …Continue reading "Shinya Yamanaka, who discovered acceptable alternative to embryonic stem cells, wins Millennium Technology Award"