Stem Cell Research

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    Paraplegic Speaks Out On Death Of Christopher Reeves

    October 24, 2004 – Paraplegic James Kelly mourns the death of Christopher Reeves but disputes Reeves’ campaign to use human embryos for stem cell research.

    Kelly, writing in National Review Online (October 21) observes that while Reeves’ suffering was immense, he continued to make one demonstrably false statement after another on stem cell research. According to Kelly, “Ironically, in recent months he showed signs of realizing he may have placed too much hope in embryonic stem cells. But that misgiving was ignored by the politicized campaign for this research, which has increasingly become an end in itself.”

    Kelly says that one of Reeves’ first errors in fact was made when he testified before Congress on April 26, 2000, and stated that only embryonic stem cells are capable of transforming into other cell types while adult stem cells cannot. This claim is patently false and many studies had contradicted this statement at the time.

    Kelly lists numerous other instances where Reeves misstated the facts on the potential of using embryonic stem cells and underplayed the potential for the use of adult stem cells.

    Kelly’s article is available here: James Kelly on Stem-Cell Research on National Review Online
     
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    I'm not sure know what your getting at here. Is it that now upon his untimely death that he was wrong about supporting stem cell reaserch?
     
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    Yes, on embryonic stem cell research. There was an article on www.RealClearPolitics.com right after Reeves' death that said Reeves had begun to doubt the benefits of embryonic stem cell research and had more faith in adult stem cell research for possible cures. You can probably find the article in Real Clear Politics' archives files, if interested.
     

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