First I'll renote that embryonic stems cells can't be controlled and are well-known to cause tumors. Latest case in point, from the Associated Press February 17:
A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells - injections that triggered tumors in the boy's brain and spinal cord, Israeli scientists reported....
Now on to a hopelessly biased Washington Post article yesterday that strongly implied escr hangs in the balance pending Barack Obama's blessing. Not true. Researchers have always been free to dissect away with private funds.
Then there's this little bombshell:
"If I were a smart scientist, I would be writing a grant right now," said [Story] Landis [who heads the National Institutes of Health stem cell task force], noting that some of the $10 billion the NIH will receive as part of the stimulus package could be used to expand stem cell research.
And another indicates there is a move afoot to allow experimentation on embryos created solely for that, not just the oft-mentioned "leftover embryos that will die anyway."
Among the issues the guidelines will address is whether funding should be limited to cells from leftover embryos that are destined for destruction at infertility clinics.
"We are assuming that what we will be asked to do is develop guidelines for stem cell lines derived from embryos produced for reproductive purposes in excess of need," Landis said.
The article also indicated the pro-death-controlled Congress may make a move to stop a future president from banning taxpayer funding of escr.
Vampires, vampires, vampires. Feast on the life-blood of the young, weak, and defenseless so that YOU can prolong your life. Harvest the parts you need from nascent human life, killing it in the process, for your own benefit. Create a clone, your very own identical brother or sister, in order to harvest their parts. Screw them, I need to live!Posted by: Bobby Bambino at February 20, 2009 12:24 PM
So true, Bobby.Posted by: Kel at February 20, 2009 1:07 PM
What has escaped having the light of publicity shined on it is the likely outcome of these "bailouts" on inflation. While it's relatively low now, when this new money gets into circulation, we will probably have astronomical, runaway inflation.
Couple runaway inflation with an economy in depression, and what do you get? A need to spend lots of money on research that probably won't do a single person any good? Well, Aaarnold did it in California, and look how it's helped their economy!Posted by: Doyle at February 20, 2009 1:11 PM
Bobby, extra cup of coffee today? ; )Posted by: Doug at February 20, 2009 1:55 PM
No, no coffee today yet, Doug. Therine lies the problem! :)Posted by: Bobby Bambino at February 20, 2009 1:59 PM
Doyle, nice post, and you are right - all that money is going to be chasing after something
The gold market is aware of this, and it's certainly something to keep in mind going forward.
I don't think the "astronomical" part is going to happen in this cycle - I think we've got more "little" ups and downs like the "up" to 2000, "down" to 2002, "up" to 2007 and now it's "down" again, but I don't see this as The End.
Deflationary forces are extremely strong, and the Federal Reserve Board cannot "push on a string," as they say.
I may not expect such severities as you do, but it does make sense that we're headed for another bout of "stagflation" a la the 1970's.Posted by: Doug at February 20, 2009 2:05 PM
Doc B - no doubt. Coffee Is Our Friend.Posted by: Doug at February 20, 2009 2:06 PM
"The article also indicated the pro-death-controlled Congress may make a move to stop a future president from banning taxpayer funding of escr."
How is that possible? Nothing in law can be made permanent. An amendment can be superceded by another amendment. A law can be changed shortly after the next midterm elections. (Anyone else hear that Obama's approval rating is now down to 60%, by the way? Watch it go!)Posted by: bmmg39 at February 20, 2009 2:13 PM
Hang on there, Doug... not Doc yet... 'bout 15 more months...Posted by: Bobby Bambino at February 20, 2009 2:41 PM
At my dad's 75th birthday dinner the other night we talked about this whole mess and his comment was, "Well, I probably won't see the fallout on this, but I feel really bad for some of what this is going to make you have to live through and I worry about how bad the economy will be when your kids are grown." (This leaves aside the fact that one almost is, but the point remains.)Posted by: Elisabeth at February 20, 2009 4:49 PM
Hang on there, Doug... not Doc yet... 'bout 15 more months...
Okay, Colonel....Posted by: Doug at February 20, 2009 5:51 PM
Gotta love it.Posted by: Doug at February 20, 2009 7:00 PM
Your Dad is right. I worry for my kids too.Posted by: Jasper at February 21, 2009 12:34 AM
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