Embryonic Stem Cell Hype Was Just that: Hype

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 …

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Not Wrong to Fund Research Based on Ethics

By Wesley J. Smith The embryonic stem cell and human cloning research debates are not “science” arguments, but rather, disputes over proper ethics in the pursuit of science. Supporters of ESCR think it isn’t wrong to destroy embryos for use in research. Opponents disagree and also suggest that it would be great if ways were …

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California Institute of Regenerative Medicine not reforming itself enough, or fast enough, panel says

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 …

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AFP Report on ‘Potential Breakthrough’ Flags Embryonic Stem Cell Research As Unnecessary

By Tom Blumer An unbylined Agence France-Presse report Wednesday opens by telling readers that Japanese researchers “have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time, in a potential first step towards helping millions who depend on dialysis.” Another version of the report at another website identifies the reporter as Harumi …

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Prestigious Panel criticizes California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

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 …

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The California Institute for Regenerative Mendacity

By Wesley J. Smith Here’s how the pro embryonic stem cell/human cloning advocacy game is played. First, the public faces of patients and their loved ones promise CURES! CURES! CURES! Then, when you call the campaign on the mendacity, they claim, “The scientists have never said that in the literature.” Of course they didn’t. They …

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Court Rules in Favor of Taxpayer Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By David Prentice U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth has dismissed a federal lawsuit challenging current NIH guidelines that allow taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research. Judge Lamberth had originally ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, Dr. James Sherley and Dr. Theresa Deisher, in a preliminary injunction in August 2010.  He concurred with the …

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