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Mar 12, 2009

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Mickey

Michael,
I am reminded by the line from "Jurassic Park" that went something along the lines of everybody was so excited bout the thought of what could we do...nobody bothered to as ought we do this.

Mickey

Michael,
You know the other thing which concerns me is the revelations which have come forth about the poor ethics of various researchers in the medical professions. With all of the excitement over what "could" be done with stem cells, I worry that "fixed" data to support a desired outcome could become the rule rather than the exception.

What a disaster it has been with pills like Premarin and Vioxx, imagine the potential consequences of injecting people with cells that may grow independently or reprogram the patients current cell if these cells have not been shown to be safe and effective.

see the WSJ article here:
http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/03/11/a-new-low-in-drug-research-21-fabricated-studies/

PS. I have a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus who could benefit from replacement of her beta cells which have been destroyed by her own body.

Michael W. Kruse

I keep going back to 1961 and Eisenhower's famous farewell speech we spoke of the Military-Industrial complex. Few people remember he also talked about the rise of a scientific elite that would form an incestuous relationship with government.

Science gets funding by claiming to find solutions to substantial problems. Politicians get votes by demonstrating the hardworking efforts to solve real problems. A powerful incentive is created to "find" problems where they may or may not exist to solve them.

You get a similar dynamic with corporations and their miracle cures, coupled with scientists who want funding as they position themselves as the saviors of humanity.

Then, as you note, anyone who raises any barriers to the work scientists do is made out to be an idiot, a bigot, or just plain evil.

As biotech advances, we should be concerned.

Dana Ames

Rod Dreher had a link to a columnist who drew an interesting comparison.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2009/03/obama-stem-cells-bush-torture.html#more

Why is there no publicity about, and encouragement for more, research on adult and umbilical stem cells, which are already -not "potentially"- helping people? Frustrating.

Dana

Michael W. Kruse

And I should make that I'm not agreeing the articles take that the stem cell ban was wrong, but I do agree with the author's take that banning stem-cell research is not anti-science.

vanskaamper

Well, what was banned was simply government funding of embryonic stem cell research, was it not? Was it not still perfectly legal to do with private funding?

Michael W. Kruse

I can't recall at the moment how private research may have been affected.

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