Morals are timeless

This cartoon is political satire but gives credit where it's due, so I'll laugh.

And the credit goes to President Bush (in the scrubs) for withholding federal funding of human embryo experimentation based on ethical considerations. Meanwhile, 2 research groups announced independently last month they had successfully reprogrammed adult skin cells to become the equivalent of embryonic stem cells. Hence, the cartoon, by Joel Pett for the Lexington Herald-Ledger:

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The New York Times wrote today that 1 of those researchers, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, was motivated to search for an alternative to embryo dissection based on his morals....

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Inspiration can appear in unexpected places. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka found it while looking through a microscope at a friend's fertility clinic.

Dr. Yamanaka was an assistant professor of pharmacology doing research involving embryonic stem cells when he made the social call to the clinic about eight years ago. At the friend's invitation, he looked down the microscope at one of the human embryos stored at the clinic. The glimpse changed his scientific career.

"When I saw the embryo, I suddenly realized there was such a small difference between it and my daughters," said Dr. Yamanaka, 45, a father of two.... "I thought, we can't keep destroying embryos for our research. There must be another way."

There is always a moral way, which is always superior as well, btw.


Comments:

*applauds*

BTW, Jill, your comment on your last entry about that young man being another abortion statistic really struck me. Even I cannot fathom the horror of children dying. They are simply statistics. The same is true when embryos are being killed: they are not "embryos", they are humans.

Posted by: Nathan Will Sheets at December 11, 2007 12:49 PM


That is a great comment by Shinya Yamanaka. I especially love that his appears to be a purely secular ethical objection; people need to understand that not all opposition to destructive ESCR is religious in nature.

Posted by: Jen R at December 11, 2007 1:08 PM


Gee, those alternative stem cells have been available for months and still haven't resulted in a cure. What a waste of time...

Posted by: Laura at December 11, 2007 1:16 PM


Nathan, I know. We really have no idea.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at December 11, 2007 1:24 PM


Mmmmm OK. A doctor's research is inspired by embryonic stem cell research.
Will Bush be supporting federal funding for this 'new' research?

Posted by: Sally at December 11, 2007 1:37 PM


Bush, Clinton, etc. etc. They all support funding for their friends.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 11, 2007 3:28 PM


I had some good news (not pertaining to this thread) that I wanted to let everyone know about!

My boyfriend and I talked about it and we've decided to move out of the States. Apparently, a bunch of other countries offer free health care (including contraceptives), government mandated aid for pregnant women and mothers, longer vacation hours and better wages.

So you all will be glad to know that I'm moving on to bigger and better things and leaving this country to dissolve into apathy and waste all on its own. Keep your morality and cynicism and childish "just don't have sex then!", I'm going to greener pastures!! Whee!

Posted by: Edyt at December 11, 2007 4:21 PM


Edyt,
Good luck to you & God bless! The states will surely miss you! Check in from time to time to see if that Parental Notification thing passes or not! (LOL)

Take care!

Posted by: AB Laura at December 11, 2007 4:34 PM


Domo arigato Mr. Yamanaka!

What country are you AWOL-ing to, edyt?

Posted by: carder at December 11, 2007 5:54 PM


Edyt,

Are you pregnant? Is that why you're moving or what? I'm confused and missed the point of the move I guess.

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 11, 2007 7:22 PM


Edyt,

So you all will be glad to know that I'm moving on to bigger and better things and leaving this country to dissolve into apathy and waste all on its own. Keep your morality and cynicism and childish "just don't have sex then!", I'm going to greener pastures!! Whee!

So what country is this where the people aren't apathetic (Iran...definitely not apathetic) and the health care is free (Cuba?), no morality (Sweden/Finland?), no cynism (la-la land?), Burma? (all the sex you want with young girls is abundant, for a price)...

Hmmmm...sounds lovely. Wheeee.

Posted by: mk at December 12, 2007 7:12 AM


May the Good Lord let this wonderful scientist cross
paths with Colorado's Congresswoman, Diana DeGette.

She is full steam ahead with her diabolic plan to find
and fund medical cures with embryonic research, apparently
throwing all caution to the wind!

Pray she will realize the damage she is doing to her
eternal soul !

Posted by: lesforlife at December 12, 2007 8:43 AM


Pregnant? Not that I'm aware of (but American sex ed is so lacking I could be and just not know it... hahaha).

But I would like to live in a country that would take care of my children if I ever chose to have them, unlike this one, where they're primed for the war and forgotten about afterward.

We're moving because we did a lot of research on this country and compared it to a few others and found that (after the initial move) we'll have better job opportunties plus benefits in most European countries. So we're most likely heading to England first and then potentially France.

Naturally, we're waiting until after we graduate first, though education is cheaper in other countries. Oh well.

Does anyone know if you still have to pay back loans if you're attending school in another country?

Posted by: Edyt at December 12, 2007 2:11 PM


So what country is this where the people aren't apathetic (Iran...definitely not apathetic) and the health care is free (Cuba?), no morality (Sweden/Finland?), no cynism (la-la land?), Burma? (all the sex you want with young girls is abundant, for a price)...

Hmmmm...sounds lovely. Wheeee.

The States is the only financially developed country in the world (I'm not sure about the UK, actually, but besides that one too) that does not provide universal healthcare to its citizens.

I think you forgot to mention just a few more countries in the world--though I couldn't help but notice your focus on the negative. What about Germany? Lovely place. France? Autralia? Ireland? Beautiful country. Canada? That's where I'm headed.

Good for you, Edyt! That makes two of us, eh?

36 days, folks, then I'm off to see mon amour...

Posted by: Leah at December 12, 2007 11:24 PM


@ Leah,

Alberta as the foothills to the Rockies is one of the most beautiful ... even if it'll be January. Dress warm, VERY warm!

Posted by: John McDonell at December 13, 2007 10:22 AM