UK Stem Cell Research With American Money

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    An American financial contributor thinks this embryonic stem cell research cannot be done in the US. Thus a cure for a leading cause of blindness may be developed in the UK, not America. Will stem cell research opponents that develop age-related macular degeneration not avail themselves of the cure for their blindness?

     
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    This is not meant to be a threadjack. I would think that reluctance to pursue stem-cell research in the US is due to religious influence in politics. You are not alone. At the moment in Australia there is a furious - and rightly so - row over threats by the head Catholic in Australia to refuse communion to New South Wales Catholic politicians who vote (conscience vote) in the New South Wales State Parliament to allow stem-cell research.

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national...-pell-over-bill/2007/06/05/1180809521252.html

    More at the link.

    Pell is way out of line on this one, but he has form for this sort of bullying.
     
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    In May 2007, a Gallop poll found that about two-thirds of Americans think that Embryonic Stem Cell Research is morally acceptable: http://poll.gallup.com/content/default.aspx?ci=27757&pg=1. Yet Bush vetoed the bill authorizing Federal funding for ESCR. As predicted, it appears that US money for ESCR will move offshore. Incidentally, a June 2006 Australian poll found that 82 percent of respondents favor ESCR: http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2006/4036/. The implication of your post is that Pell (and by extension the Vatican, assuming his behavior is sanctioned) think it is a “Mortal Sin” to vote for ESCR. The kind of sin that sends one to hell. The kind of sin that allows the refusal of communion. I have heard no such threats from the Catholic Church in California.
     
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    Pell is extremely conservative and very authoritarian. He may well have Vatican support on this but I wouldn't know.

    He has offended many sensibilities here. The upshot may well be stronger support for the research in this country.
     
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    This could make the morality objection to ESCR moot:


     
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    Given the number of blastocysts routinely discarded by IVF clinics, just in this country, there is no shortage of potential stem cell lines for research. There should be moral and ethicalboundaries to scientific research, but this is not such an instance. An undifferentiated mass of cells is not a human being, or even a potential human being absent implantation into a human womb.
     
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    I understand the argument in favor and against stem cell reseach.

    in favor: we could potentially cure diseases, that affect millions.

    against: adult stem cells, yes, but baby stem cells are unproven.
     
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    Please do a search for:

    Open Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research - The Petition Site & Sign!!!!

    Less than 3,000 needed still to reach goal.

    Sorry this site will not let me post direct link yet


    Thank You!
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