Christmas Present from NIH Director Collins: More Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Approved

By David Prentice Just in time for Christmas, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins has approved still more human embryonic stem cell lines (hESC lines) for taxpayer funding. Today’s NIH approval brings the total number of human embryonic stem cell lines at the federal trough to 142. This approval was not all that surprising. …

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Keeping the Embryonic Stem Cell Hype Alive by Creating a False Impression

By Wesley J. Smith This is unbelievable–except it isn’t: A front page story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, headlined “Keeping Hope Alive,” purportedly concerns local young woman named Katie Sharify, who was the last patient to receive Geron’s now defunct ESCR human trial.  But her poignant personal story is wrapped around a meme seeking to …

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The University of Minnesota should take an ethics class

By Paul Stark The University of Minnesota is set to offer a new undergraduate course dealing exclusively with stem cells. Although it will be a science class, one part will be about stem cell history and probably touch on the ethics of destroying human embryos for their stem cells. From the Minnesota Daily story by …

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Now, if the University’s Scientists will only take the same course!

By Dave Andrusko My wife and I are from Minnesota and both attended the University of Minnesota. As a graduate student I wrote for the Minnesota Daily, the student newspaper. Therefore, even if both the University and the Daily did not deluge me with fundraising appeals, I would stilll keep track of what takes place …

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Misguided, shamefully deceptive push for embryo-destructive research collapses

By Paul Stark A new Daily Caller story by Neil Munro provides a very good overview of the political debate over embryo-destructive research, including the “utter disgrace” (to use the words of Princeton’s Robert George) of those who wildly overhyped the therapeutic potential, the increasingly-obvious failure of that research, and the triumph of ethical stem cell alternatives …

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A Revealing Examination of the Strategy behind the Embryonic Stem Cell Hype

By Dave Andrusko Over the past three weeks we’ve discussed the fall-out from Geron Corporation’s decision to get out of the embryonic stem cell research business altogether, despite knowledge that there would likely be more government aid. The company looked at its own inability to make enough progress in repairing spinal injuries to convince investors …

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The Man who cloned “Dolly the Sheep” urges shift away from the use of embryonic stem cells

By Dave Andrusko There’s so much going on that it’s easy for 99% of the public to think that Ian Wilmut, the cloner of “Dolly” the sheep, is still invested in cloning. He’s not, as a story in a California newspaper reminded us yet again yesterday. Moreover he is warning against the use of embryonic …

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No, I have no regrets

It is now all but certain that human embryonic stem cells will not deliver cures to dread diseases. Apologies, anyone? By Michael Cook Remember the slogan “ethics is playing catch-up with science”? It was one of the trusty clichés of science journalists in the heated debates five or six years ago over embryo research, “therapeutic …

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Science Writer Avoids the Point of My Media Stem Cell Bias Charge

By Wesley J. Smith At least he read the piece, but John Farrell wrote right past the point in attempting to rebut my recent Weekly Standard column about the media’s biased coverage of Geron’s abandonment of embryonic stem cell research.  From “A Conservative Protest About Stem Cells and the Media:” “Over at the Weekly Standard, …

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Only The Stem Cell News Biased Media Sees Fit to Print

By Wesley J. Smith Remember Ron Reagan’s nonsense speech about embryonic stem cell research (actually human cloning research) at the 2004 Democratic Convention? Media swooned at the garbage and the hype (e.g., Parkinson’s cures around 2014, “self repair kits” stored in hospitals). Come to think of it, the media still reports the issue as if …

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LA Times Circles the Wagons on ESCR

By Wesley J. Smith Consider this an addendum to my Weekly Standard piece on media bias in reporting the collapse of Geron’s embryonic stem cell project that came out on Saturday. The LA Times finally got around to reporting the Geron collapse. Apparently, it had to figure out how to circle the wagons around embryonic …

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Another Attempt to Rehabilitate the Reputation of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By Dave Andrusko We’ve run two keenly insightful posts by bioethicist Wesley Smith, including one today, on the fiasco that is the Geron corporation’s decision last week to “pull the plug” (as the Los Angeles Times put it) on its research into the use of embryonic stem cells. The area where there was the most …

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