Embryo's No Longer Needed For Stem Cells
The pro-life movement is awash with news of the successful production of 'embryonic' stem cells from adult cells. The 'progress at all costs' movement is mostly silent, including the politicians who supported the killing of human life for medical research. One response I have found from the dark side, is this article by John Tierney on a New York Times blog.
Some Republican presidential candidates are breathing easier because of the news on stem-cell research, and some religious leaders are proclaiming a truce in their conflict with scientists. But I wouldn’t bet on any longterm peace, for a couple of reasons.Yep..the article already sounds like a 'they were right, but so what' childish response.... John doesn't disappoint.
First, despite the breakthrough in producing stem cells without using embryos, researchers will continue working with embryos. Some still believe it’s the most promising approach for stem-cell therapy, as Nature reports. Shoukhrat Mitalipov, the scientist who reported the first creation of stem cells from cloned monkey embryos (the other big news last week), says that the embryos is the only “perfect reprogramming machine” and is confident that this method of producing stem cells will be the first to show therapeutic value.Someone should tell these 'intelligent' and 'objective' scientists that there are already some 70+ therapeutic uses of adult stem cells, so his 'confidence' is, well, stupid...uneducated...wrong.
But don't let the facts get in the way of a good whinge. John then precedes to play dumb (I kid you not), about what 'scientism' (here is a hint...wikipedia talks about it - 'As a form of dogma: "In essence, scientism sees science as the absolute and only justifiable access to the truth."') and whether scientists actually think there is no difference between humans and animals (Here is a hint...metaphysically and morally, many scientists do). But the facts aren't really convenient for John, so he continues to play dumb...funnily enough...it suits him.