Cloning and Stem Cell Research

Cloning Obfuscation 2

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The junk biology is flying in the media’s descriptions of the now accomplished human cloning. This next example comes from the Wall Street Journal’s Gautam Naik. From the ridiculously titled, “Experiment Brings Human Cloning One Step Closer:” Scientists have used cloning technology to transform human skin cells into embryonic stem cells, an experiment that may […]

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Let the Cloning Obfuscation Begin

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Now that human cloning is upon us, look for many scientists and their camp followers (or ignorant reporters) to mislead about what the technology entails. Human SCNT creates human embryos through asexual means. It does not create stem cells. To obtain cloned stem cells, the embryos have to be nurtured and maintained in a dish […]

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Objections to Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Vetted

Recently, I was tagged on twitter about a blog post entitled “Pro-Life Objections to Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.” On a number of occasions, especially when I screen our documentary film Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, I am asked the questions this post raises. That’s when I turn to the various experts CBC […]

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Nerve Cell Transplant Clinical Trial for Spinal Cord Injury Approved

Human trials are ongoing for chronic spinal cord injury using adult stem cells. Now, the FDA is approving a human safety trial using patients’ own spinal cells for acute spinal cord injury — the kind of injury sought to be improved by the now defunct Geron embryonic stem cell human trial. From the press release: […]

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UMass Stem Cell Bank Closes

Ah, the heady days of trying to overcome the evil BUSH!’s minor embryonic stem cell funding restrictions. You know, the ones that resulted in hundreds of millions spent in human embryonic stem cell research. Back in those days when hype and lies ruled the biotech discourse, states were tripping over each other in an Oklahoma […]

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Baby Breeding 101: Business Busted

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President There seems to be no end to the filthy bottom of the reproductive tourist trafficking industry. This story just broke, covering the bust up of a baby breeding surrogacy ring. Fourteen Vietnamese women had their passports confiscated and were being held in two houses while they gestated babies which were […]

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Judging my 2010 Prognostications

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBCIt’s that time of year when the CBC asks me to look back on my annual predictions in the world of bioethics to see how I did. The answer? Quite well. In fact, I think it was my best year ever. Obamacare First, I predicted that […]

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The Power of Film to Tell Stories

CBC’s Jennifer Lahl and Wesley J. Smith are occasional writers for ToTheSource.org. Recently ToTheSource interviewed Jennifer.To The Source: How did you become interested in egg donation? What brought this to your attention?Jennifer Lahl: I became interested in it as a broader issue within the various reproductive technologies. I’ve been writing and speaking on reproductive technology […]

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We Are Dreaming Big

Dear Friends,Our tenth year has been a busy one! We are excited to announce the successful August 9, 2010 release of the CBC’s second documentary, Eggsploitation. We have been fighting the exploitation of women by egg ‘donation’ for some time, and as more and more states are considering egg donation legislation, the timing of our […]

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What Do 30 Pieces of Silver Buy You Today?

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC PresidentI’m just back from Washington, D.C., where I had the privilege of showing Eggsploitation on Capitol Hill.  Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), served as our congressional sponsor for this event, and I’m grateful to him and his staff for their leadership in this arena.  As an Ob/Gyn doctor, Coburn understands the […]

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Women as Commodities

By Chuck Colson, Founder, BreakPointYou’ve probably seen them—most of us have. Ads soliciting women to donate their eggs for in vitro fertilization are everywhere: in newspapers, on the Internet, on college campus bulletin boards.Most people don’t even think twice about it. An opportunity for young women to earn a little cash and do something nice […]

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New Documentary Eggsploitation Reveals the Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

For Immediate Release Film Presents the Hidden Dangers, Health Risks, and Exploitation of Young Women Through Egg Donation NEW YORK, NY/July 28, 2010 – The infertility industry has a dirty little secret that is dressed in deceptive advertising, large monetary incentives and appeals to altruism. Using these tactics, the industry targets young, vulnerable women for […]

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Be a Part of CBC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Dear Friends, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the CBC! We are preparing for some special projects and events throughout the year to commemorate this exciting milestone, and we need your help now more than ever. We will be holding a party and silent auction on September 25, 2010, with very special CBC guests present […]

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Stealth Legislation to Federally Fund Human Cloning

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Embryonic stem cells aren’t much in the news these days. President Bush’s embryonic stem cell funding restrictions are history and the invention of induced pluripotent stem cells may allow scientists to obtain the benefits of embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos. But that doesn’t mean […]

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Lines That Divide Showing in CA Independent Film Festival

Lines That Divide was shown as an Official Selection at the California Independent Film Festival on Sunday, April 25. About Lines That Divide: Stem cell research: A potential miracle cure for diseases or a form of biological colonialism? The debate still rages over this controversial science. Supporters argue that it is our moral duty to […]

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Thinking About Donating Your Eggs? Think Again

Egg donation is risky business. But unlike other high-risk jobs that offer appropriate compensation for the dangers (e.g., skyscraper window washing), the egg donation process is inherently risky, from beginning to end. What are those risks? Stroke, organ failure, infection, cancer, loss of future fertility, and in rare instances, even death. Sadly, longer-term risks remain […]

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There Will Be Cures

When I read Jeff Sheehy’s quote in the May 2008 Nature article on “The $3-Billion- Dollar Question”, I knew we were doomed. Sheehy, responding to the megabillion give-away of Prop. 71 funds by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), asked a simple question: “We’re going to make a lot of rich people richer. Why […]

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Memorial or Mausoleum

Are the buildings in our lives meaningful? Or are they merely physical–neutral spaces devoid of value in themselves? I don’t think it’s too controversial that a building could mean something: maybe where you got married, maybe where your children were born, maybe where you worked your first job. My concern here is the great potential […]

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