This is not an emotional argument.
Bush only imposed fed funding restrictions on ESCR, not stem cell research.
And I cannot believe that you're arguing that "you can't do as much with non-embryonic stem cells." And I cannot believe someone thanked you for arguing as such. Despite your false assertion that we cannot do much with non-embryonic stem cells we have seen nearly a hundred medical treatments derived from non-embryonic stem cells. How many from embryonic stem cells? Well? What? Zero? Your argument is garbage and it is ignorant.
Obama's reversal of Bush's restrictions does not "opening up of ALL embryonic stem cell lines." It simply means that federal funding may be used to fund embryonic stem cell lines that were created after 2001 when Bush imposed the restriction. Meanwhile, in the real world, new embryonic stem cell lines have been created all over the US and the world.
Please don't pretend that the restrictions on fed funding of ESCR caused ESCR to stop. During this time Cali has fronted several billion public dollars while other states have also promised public subsidies for ESCR, multiple private/public financing ventures involving Harvard and Stanford have arisen, and there are dozens of private firms conducting ESCR.
Obama's policy reversal only affects the expenditure of federal dollars.
wasn't it found that adult stem cells were just as good anyway? I don't know, I'm not well read on the subject; but I thought there was a study using the two different types and they found that they were rather similar. If so, isn't it problem solved? Though maybe the issue comes in quantity. Don't know the answer to that one off hand either.
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Secondly, I presented to you questions about post-delivery abortions and eugenics because your argument is that ethical and moral considerations have no place in science or public policy. That is obviously false given that scientists themselves resists conducting ethical problemmatic research and government policy has made it impermissable to conduct such research. The US does not permit eugenics explicitly because of the ethical and moral hazards associated with it. The US does not permit medical experimentation on death row inmates and prisoners of war explicitly because of the ethical and moral hazards associated with such research.
In other words, ethical and moral considerations have a proper place in our public discourse no matter that you pretend otherwise.
No, nt that they are similar. The two cell types behave differently. However, recent research has demonstrated that adult stem cells can be reprogrammed to behave as embryonic stem cells can. Yet, another reason to mitigate against using public dollars to subsidize ethicall and morally hazardous research when alternatives exist which do not have similar ethical and moral hazards associated with it.