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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

conservativeman 7 years, 8 months ago

Wealthy Western women + money + the promise of youthful beauty = acceptable tyranny imposed upon the most defenseless of society.

The natural by-product of an 'its' all about ME culture.

AKA: LIBERALISM!!

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logicsound04 7 years, 9 months ago

Lepanto:

If you would read farther, you would see that I actually addressed your point. That first comment to which you are referring was intended to be tongue and cheek.

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Lepanto1571 7 years, 9 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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logicsound04 7 years, 9 months ago

I only want to stick it to those people who find their faith more important than my freedom.

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logicsound04 7 years, 9 months ago

No. Actually Lepanto, my comment was meant as a "throwaway", a comment that expresses my frustration with this issue. You see, I spent a great deal of time trying to refute faulty claims of embryos being considered human beings on the blogs yesterday, and was not really interested in having to explain it all over again. I apologize for offending you if you are religious and demand that everyone follow and adhere to your beliefs, but that practice offends me, so I guess we're even; and hey, you can still practice your religion without having to be told to convert by me, so maybe you're ahead of the game.

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logicsound04 7 years, 9 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."

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

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ksmoderate 7 years, 9 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.

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billyflay 7 years, 9 months ago

i don't think we should condem a shark for being a shark,

likewise, liberals are doing what liberals do, their efforts to vacuum their one nite stands away are totally predictable,

i think it is commendable that they are willing to use their embryo's for expirementation,

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Lepanto1571 7 years, 9 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.

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billyflay 7 years, 9 months ago

the last embryo i saw aborted was in the military,

and, it didn't look like a bat, a frog, a dog turd, etc, it looked like a little liberal in the fetal position,

the doctor dubbed him, (it had a little weenie) Ernie, Ernie embryo!

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Souki 7 years, 9 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.

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conservativeman 7 years, 9 months ago

Logicsound04,

Embryos are children? Of course they are! Did you really think they were senior citizens? ROTFLMAO

You Libtards are funny like that.

As your anger sponsor I must tell you that your tone is still angry. Remember to retard your anger.

Your Sponsor, Conservativeman

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logicsound04 7 years, 9 months ago

We already have appropriate consequences for said offenders. You are a facist, Conservativeman, so your new name should be: Uberconservativeman, or even facistman for a shorter version.

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logicsound04 7 years, 9 months ago

Souki,

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

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conservativeman 7 years, 9 months ago

souki, What is right? They were wrong! They are guilty of anti-social behavior and should give something back. Once they are convicted they should loose all rights. I stated murderers and pedophiles because most people can associate how vial and repugnant those guilty convicts are. Certainly if you want to add rapists and traitors that is ok with me but many of the Libtards here won't support your inclusions.

Thanks, Conservativeman

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Souki 7 years, 9 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?

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rightwingers_hate_America 7 years, 9 months ago

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

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logicsound04 7 years, 9 months ago

"Innocent children should never be the focus of experiments that result in death."


Oh so now the embryos are "children"?? It's funny that you should use the word 'libtard', because your use of language to push your moronic agenda gets more liberal everyday.

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I have hereby come up with a new definition for libtard...

Libtard: One who alters language and ideas in a way that makes their point sound like it has merit when it actually is meaningless. Example-- a libtard might say that the words 'embryo' and 'child' are synonyms--even though they are absolutely not--because thinking of cells as human beings allows that person to alter the issue at the heart of the debate.

Go away Conservativeman, you crazy libtard.

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conservativeman 7 years, 9 months ago

Is embryonic stem cell research being funded by the government?

Answer: No

The practice of experimenting on humans is wrong unless they are convicted murderers or repeat pedophiles. Innocent children should never be the focus of experiments that result in death.

It is wrong!

Yeah, stick it to the libtards.

Thanks logicsound04 for firing the first round. God Bless you.

Respectfully, Conservativeman

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