Science, culture, public attitudes are creating a “More Fetally Aware Society”

By Dave Andrusko The beauty of the web is that one thing leads to another to another with often times fascinating results. Such is what happened when I was trolling for information to reply to a friend. I ran across a piece written by the late Robin Toner, under the headline, “The abortion debate, stuck …

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House OK’s Bipartisan Stem Cell Bill; Smith Legislation Authorizes $265M over Five Years for Bone Marrow, Cord Blood Programs

Editor’s note. The following was distributed Tuesday by the office of Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). On the very first day of the fall session, the House took up and passed vital legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to continue America’s bone marrow and cord blood donor registry. Sponsored by Smith with lead co-sponsor …

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The Washington Post’s 180 degree turn on human cloning

  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 …

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Pro-Life Perspective: The Healing Cell

By Carol Tobias, President National Right to Life We often talk about the successes of stem cell research using cells harvested from ethical sources – like umbilical cord blood – or cells that are reprogrammed to act like stem cells, such as skin cells.  We talk about those successes because they’re the ONLY successes. While …

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Adult Stem Cell Therapies: Cord Blood stem cells being used to treat Cerebral Palsy in young children

By Dave Andrusko One of the really fun qualities of writing for a living (especially in the virtually unlimited space provided by the Internet) is that you can easily and quickly update stories. Last month we wrote about 11-year-old  Andrew Kijek, who has spastic cerebral palsy, and who was about to be infused with his …

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More evidence that when compelled to look elsewhere, scientists readily find acceptable alternatives to embryonic stem cells

By Dave Andrusko A report in today’s Guardian newspaper is just the latest evidence that when researchers are compelled to find stem cells sources other than human embryos, they benefit twice over. First, since human embryonic stem cells have no proven track record to date, resources are not wasted. Second, the need to look elsewhere …

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Japanese stem cell scientist faked credentials

By Michael Cook  After frequent exposures by the media of shonky [unreliable/dishonest] stem cell therapies, faked data by researchers and fraud by Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk, if there is any field in science which needs to keep its nose clean, it is stem cell research. Unfortunately, a Japanese scientist has just been sacked by the …

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Michael J. Fox is looking past embryonic stem cells in a search for a cure for Parkinson’s

By Dave Andrusko In a most revealing interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, actor Michael J. Fox conceded that it is likely that sources other than embryonic stem cells will provide a cure for Parkinson’s, the disease from which he suffers. He did so, even though Sawyer kept trying to find a way to elicit from …

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A European Victory for Ethical Stem Cell Research

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. We’ve written twice about a very important ruling by the European Union’s highest court that scientists can’t patent stem cells if they are obtained by destroying human embryos.  As is often the case, Wesley Smith adds additional important insights, some of which we share here from a column that …

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