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Bill filed to require establishment of adult stem cell center at KU Med

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Topeka -- A bill pushed by abortion opponents that would require the Kansas University Medical Center to establish a center that focuses on adult stem cells has been filed in the Legislature.

Senate Bill 199 would create the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center.

The measure is authored by 22 conservative Republican senators, including Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita, Majority Leader Terry Bruce of Hutchinson, and Public Health and Welfare Chair Mary Pilcher-Cook of Shawnee.

A hearing on the bill will probably be held later this month.

Under the proposal, KU would appoint a director of the center who would be responsible for oversight of patient treatment and research with adult, cord blood and other non-embryonic stem cells. Abortion opponents oppose human embryonic stem cell research because it involves the destruction of the embryo.

The director could solicit grants, gifts and contributions. The bill also sets up a 13-member advisory board.

Comments

Larry Sturm 1 year, 10 months ago

Why don't they just close the K U hospital down they don't want them to do anything.

LJD230 1 year, 10 months ago

The medical school will always remain in the ranks of the mediocre because the idea of cutting edge research and translational medicine has not taken hold. No doubt the Neanderthal politics of Kansas has had a stifling effect on these two very import efforts.

If it really wants to improve it's reputation and status the school should divest itself of the programs in Wichita and Salina and concentrate on the education and training of physician/clinical scientists in Kansas City.

In other words leave the training of country doctors to the programs in Wichita and Salina. The medical school in Kansas City should be a bee hive of research related activity.

Budgets_Smudgets 1 year, 10 months ago

The authors of this bill indicate that this effort it is all about abortion, and nothing at all about science or medical care.

Most of the information provided by people discussing and/or promoting "adult" stem-cell research is fake science.

Steve Bunch 1 year, 10 months ago

This also appears to be an unfunded mandate. We live in a moronocracy.

question4u 1 year, 10 months ago

This is good, because science is too important to be left in the hands of scientists. If you leave decisions about medical research to the researchers themselves they'll just rely on their expertise. That would be as silly as putting educators on panels that study efficiency in education. You'd get all sorts of weird recommendations based on facts and experience.

Thank goodness that we have legislators that can see through all of those qualifications and all that knowledge and make decisions that aren't biased by things like information. Where would Kansas be if such important decisions were made through reason? That might mean having to enter the twenty-first century, or at least the twentieth. Then Kansas wouldn't be special anymore and would be known only for being flat.

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