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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Pediatricians Want Research Dedicated to Adult Stem Cells

Memorial of St. Isidore the Farmer

The American College of Pediatricians has called for an end to embryonic stem cell research and recommends exclusive support be given to proven, effective therapies derived from adult stem cell research. Citing areas where successful treatments using adult stem cells have been demonstrated in human trials in the last decade, the significant failures of embryonic stem cell research, and the promise of non-embryo sources for stem cells with those properties that are considered so desirable to warrant embryo destruction, the ACP in a statement has concluded that apart from its moral difficulties, funding human embryonic research prolongs needless suffering by delaying the development of more promising adult stem cell treatments and cures. Here's the truffle quote:
Every dollar spent on the failed and unnecessary process of embryonic stem cell
research steals resources away from the established utility and potential of
adult stem cell research. This is fiscally irresponsible and medically
unconscionable.
That this isn't the default public policy position is evidence that we live in times of vast prosperity, among other things.

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