John on April 10, 2007 at 8:32 pm
Ever since Bush came down against federal funding for embryonic stem cell research (August 2001), Republicans have been blasted as “anti-science.” Note that the President refused to fund the research with federal money. This did not mean the research couldn’t be done, only that someone else had to pay for it. The bottom line was this: Like millions of Americans, the President has a moral issue with the creation of nascent human life for the purpose of experimentation.
But cynical liberals quickly turned the issue into a fund raising tool. This decision was exhibit A in liberal’s case that “religion” was now running roughshod over science. This cynical campaign, rather than any scientific merit, led my fellow Californians to vote for an initiative committing six billion worth of taxpayer funds to embryonic stem cell research. I suspect that’s more than enough to supply all the researchers working on this for life. Still, it wasn’t enough. In the last election we were treated to Michael J. Fox using his illness as a political lever against the “anti-science” Bush administration.
Reality of course is something different. Conservatives have been saying for years that adult stem cells were far more promising. They have produced better results across the board and have no ethical downside. In fact, only one small study with animals has ever demonstrated embryonic stem cells might do more harm than good. But the liberal love of ESCR goes on unabated. Conservatives like myself have long suspected this has more to do with justifying abortion than it does with science. Needless to say, the media hasn’t been interested in that angle of the story. It’s all about religion and Bush being anti-science.
So today comes word that adult stem cells have cured diabetes in humans:
Diabetics using stem-cell therapy have been able to stop taking insulin injections for the first time, after their bodies started to produce the hormone naturally again.
In a breakthrough trial, 15 young patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes were given drugs to suppress their immune systems followed by transfusions of stem cells drawn from their own blood.
The results show that insulin-dependent diabetics can be freed from reliance on needles by an injection of their own stem cells. The therapy could signal a revolution in the treatment of the condition, which affects more than 300,000 Britons.
If it pans out, this treatment has the potential to change the daily lives of millions of people worldwide. Meanwhile ESCR has produced bubkus. Not a single human trial has been approved, much less shown any benefit. That doesn’t stop the Times of London from making this incredibly stupid comment in the same article:
Previous studies have suggested that stem-cell therapies offer huge potential to treat a variety of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease. A study by British scientists in November also reported that stem-cell injections could repair organ damage in heart attack victims.
But research using the most versatile kind of stem cells â€” those acquired from human embryos â€” is currently opposed by powerful critics, including President Bush.
That previous study they mention — the one that showed success in heart patients — take a wild guess which type of stem cells were used, embryonic or adult. Here’s a hint, the article is titled: Heart attack victims to be given own stem cells. So that’s two dramatic successes for adult stem cells and still the Times manages to bash the President for not supporting utterly profitless embryonic stem cell research. What liberal bias?
This is a big vindication for the President and for conservatives who supported his stand. The future medical breakthroughs lie with adult stem cell research, which not only works but incidentally doesn’t require the cloning or dissection of human embryos. Sorry pro-choice whiners, but reality isn’t breaking your way. Let’s stop wasting time and money on research whose primary goal is to cover your own ethical backsides. It’s not to late to get on the ASC bandwagon and achieve some real results.