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Stem cell research

July 26, 2006

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To the editor:

This letter is a response to Miss Blanck's letter opposing embryonic stem cell research. She is correct: There has been success in using adult stem cells. However, the fact there is no success with embryonic is obvious due to lack of opportunity.

Also, human life is not being taken as she reports. Human embryonic stem cells are derived from surplus fertilized embryos from in vitro fertilization that are discarded unless donated for other infertile couples or research.

Embryonic cells are of more interest because they are undifferentiated and, unlike adult cells, have the ability to form any adult cell and can proliferate indefinitely in culture. They have the ability to develop into virtually any human body cell - bone, muscle, liver, blood, etc. Because adult cells are already specialized, their potential to regenerate damaged tissue is very limited, where only embryonic cells have the capacity to be any kind of tissue, with the potential to repair vital organs.

Embryonic stem cell research offers hope to millions of Americans to treat or cure diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes or heart disease. I have no moral dilemma with using embryos that are donated, or otherwise discarded, for research because you or I may be one of those whose life is saved in the future.

Miss Blanck is correct: Those advocates are voicing their opinions loudly and it is about to get louder. Polls show the majority of Americans as well as both houses of Congress support this research and President Bush's veto will not endure.

Craig Tucker,

Lawrence

Comments

rightwingers_hate_America 8 years, 6 months ago

Uneducated, ignorant, extremist rightwingers are not patriotic, and they hate America. Toodle-oo.

Bradley Kemp 8 years, 6 months ago

"Is embryonic stem cell research being funded by the government?"

Correct answer: Yes

The bill the president vetoed would have expanded the number of embryonic cell lines eligible for federal funding. There already are a number of such lines being worked on with federal funding.

"The practice of experimenting on humans is wrong unless they are convicted murderers or repeat pedophiles."

A few hundred cells in a petri dish is not a human being.

And what is "right" about "experimenting" on "convicted murderers or repeat pedophiles"? And if there is something right about it, why only those kinds of criminals?

Bradley Kemp 8 years, 6 months ago

He manages to make people angry with that sort of blather?

I just looked at the related discussion on another page, and saw a pile of messages where Conservativeman uses the persona of a staff member at We Love Conservativeman -- or some such thing. Vary amusing, but not for the reasons he had in mind.

Lepanto1571 8 years, 6 months ago

logicsound:

"Try to ignore conservativeman. He just posts to inflame conflict and anger his opponents."

Interesting. Is that what you're trying to to guard against when you say things like:

"Yeah, stick it to the fundies."

Just wondering.

ksmoderate 8 years, 6 months ago

Kudos to the writer for a well written LTE!

Sadly, though, I must disagree with the last statement about Bush's veto not standing for long. I thought the House already tried to override and couldn't. Sad.

Lepanto1571 8 years, 6 months ago

logicsound,

"I'll take your post to mean that you agree with me. Thanks!"

That you engage in the same behavior you acuse others of, and are therefore engaging in hypocrisy? Sure, I agree.

And you're welcome.

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