Stem Cell Research Moves Forward

Congratulations Senator Shafer. From the Telegraph:

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Friday signed an executive order he said would pave the way for a network of umbilical cord blood banks in Georgia.

Cord blood is rich in stem cells, which have been used to treat cancers and some genetic diseases. But Perdue’s order sidestepped the highly controversial use of embryonic stem cells, which the scientific community believes holds the most promise in curing disease.

Although President Bush has limited the use of federal funds for research on most types of embryonic stem cell, some states – like California and Illinois – have moved to provide taxpayer money to research.

Opponents of embryonic stem cell research believe it is immoral because it destroys an embryo, which some consider to be human life. Supporters, including some who oppose abortion, believe it holds the key to curing devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

The order Perdue signed on Friday would create a 15-member commission charged with establishing postnatal tissue and fluid banks. The commission would work in partnership with universities, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and private firms.

“Cord blood treatments are an ethically responsible way to relieve suffering and save lives,

12 comments

  1. kspencer says:

    Tobin,

    Why? I’ve never really understood the argument against human cloning, so perhaps you can lay it out clearly.

    What do you seek to prevent by banning human cloning? (Of course I’m not just asking Tobin – anyone’s welcome to respond. He’s just the one that made the post.)

    Oh – and I’m glad Shafer and Perdue sidestepped the “no stemcells period” people with this. Good for them.

  2. Duluth, GA says:

    Shafer spoke two weeks ago at the Gwinnett GOP breakfast. He said that based on the number of failed attempts at cloning sheep and cows that human cloning would result in tens of thousands of crippled or unhealthy children before we got it right. He is also against against cloning embryos and fetuses for medical experimentation. I cannot remember all the reasons he gave but he was persuasive.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    Well, good thing my friend David Shafer was not in charge of The Manhattan Project, or any other research endeavor that has occured in history that has produced meaningful knowledge, BUT may have had some unpleasant consequences associated with that research process for some people.

    Drug trials are things that immediately come to mind. If people get harmed in a drug trial, should we ban drug trials?

    Quite frankly, I am always amazed at the ill-informed statements (and assumptions) put out by people in the pro-life movement with regards to a multitude of fallacious arguements against doing something.

    If pro-life people regard cloning research as “playing God,” then perhaps they should refrain from going to the hospital OR, for that matter, any doctor when they have an illness/injury because…in a manner of logic, doing so would upset the natural order of God’s way, right?

    If you’re in your house and a tree falls on the house right where you are sleeping, and crushes your leg, do not go to the hospital because that tree falling IS considered to be a direct “Act of God” by this society (and, your insurance policy company), so do not interfere with God’s way, okay?

  4. Dilbert says:

    I agree completely with Bill Simon.

    We do not need these ridiculous notions of ethics standing in the way of medical research.

    A human fetus is not a human being. It is less than human — subhuman — and should be treated accordingly when it comes to medical research.

    The do-gooders are always attacking the drug companies for the drug trials they do on unsuspecting Third World peoples. Like people in the Third World have anything to live for. Please.

    The do-gooders also like to moan about Dr. Josef Mengele and his medical research. I am not defending the Nazis. What they did was terrible. But the concentration camp inmates used in Dr. Mengele’s experiments had already been condemned to death. They were not getting out of those camps alive. Dr. Mengele simply put the rest of their lives to good use in the cause of scientific advancement.

    I am glad Shafer, Perdue or some other do-gooder was not in charge of the Tuskegee Institute back in the 1950s. We would never have learned a damn thing about syphillis.

    Tell it like it is, Bill Simon. We do not need those do-gooder clowns standing in the way of medical research!

  5. Bill Simon says:

    Dilbert,

    All I’m saying is to let the animal testing continue…unless you are one of those who equates the life an animal with the life of a human?

  6. Duluth, GA says:

    Shafer never said anything about animal testing, or animal cloning. He just spoke on human cloning.

  7. simonmol says:

    Gentlemen(especially my dear friend Bill Simon) you are both wrong.
    What is lost in this debate is not the case of ethics but that of Science.

    As far as the ethics goes it is an old debate. Is it worth to sacrifice few for many?
    Old debate, no answer that will ever satisfy both sides.
    However debate is no longer necessary since the science has provided solution. (That is assuming that the people who debate use logic and rational thinking).

    Now we are dealing only with the propaganda of the vested interests, of the in virto clinics and few research labs which have not burned through their grant money.

    The “in vitro clinics

  8. kspencer says:

    OK, so you say cloning humans is unethical.

    Why?

    No, I’m not being sarcastic, I’m trying to understand the position. At this time it makes no sense to me.

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