embryonic stem cells

Adult Stem Cells Into Brain Cells

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Once again, so much for embryonic stem cells being the “only hope.” Scientists have turned bone marrow cells into brain cells. From the U.S.News and World Report story: Scientists have discovered an antibody that can turn stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow directly into brain cells, a potential breakthrough in the treatment of neurological […]

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Stem Cell Hypocrisy

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Oh brother. Nature has editorialized against exaggerating adult stem cell potentials for medical cures, which it claims occurred at a Vatican stem cell conference. From “Smoke and Mirrors:” Many scientists around the world were appalled by the events in Rome, and rightly so. It is wrong to exploit the desperation of the disabled and the […]

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Teaching Stem Cell Scientists How to Hype

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Never has so much hype been shoveled than the CURES! CURES! CURES! propaganda that sold embryonic stem cell research to the American public. That hasn’t worked out so well in actual practice, but the white elephant that is the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) — with a renewal election coming up next year — […]

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Geron Sells Embryonic Stem Cell Business

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I was right. Again. Last month, I predicted that Geron would sell its defunct embryonic stem cell business this year, and the one major ESCR human trial would be on the road to resuming. (Yes, I know there are a few other tiny studies ongoing.) One month later, and it has happened. From the Nature […]

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Ethical Stem Cells as Effective as Embryonic

Recent experiments with mice indicate that induced pluripotent stem cells — that is embryonic-like stem cells made from skin — are as effective as their unethically derived cousins. From the Nature News report: A paper published in Nature today could dispel a cloud over the hopes of turning a patient’s own cells into perfectly matched […]

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Cadaver Brain Tissues Used to Make Stem Cells

I reported the other day on Shinya Yamanaka’s well deserved Nobel Prize for inventing induced pluripotent stem cells. Now, scientists have used the process — using cadaver brain cells — that may be of great use in studying neurological and mental illnesses. From the Fox News story: Cells from corpses might play a key role […]

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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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Hyping Embryonic Stem Cells Like It’s 2004

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I thought we were finally finished with all the hype over embryonic stem cell research. During the first decade of the 21st century, that was pretty much all we got in the media, mostly wild hype about pending CURES! CURES! CURES! Adult stem cell successes—already forging ahead at breakneck speed—were mostly ignored, even though the […]

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Ethics? What Ethics? Results!

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC’s New Media Manager Think Progress carries an interesting article on stem cell research and the 2012 election. In the end, “Why Stem Cells Are 2012′s Sleeper Issue” asserts that “the science [of stem cells] is far too unsettled to make clear determinations about which research [embryonic or non-embryonic] is most likely […]

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First CA Instit for Regenerative Med FDA Approved Trial Adult Stem Cells!

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) was sold to a gullible public on the promise of developing embryonic stem cell and therapeutic cloning CURES! CURES! CURES! that the eeeevilll Bush was thwarting. But, when that didn’t work out — and desperate to show some progress for all the money CIRM has sucked up on […]

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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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No Patent Pending for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The ruling from the European Court of Justice that prevents patenting embryonic stem cell-derived products is biting. The UK’s patenting authority has stated it will not approve patents of products that result from the destruction of human embryos. From the Out-law.com story: The Intellectual Property […]

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Fat Stem Cells Into Bone Casts Light On Advocates’ Lies

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The great embryonic stem cell debate has really faded, hasn’t it? I mean, when was the last time you heard the, “ESCs are the ONLY HOPE for CURES! CURES! CURES!” nonsense? I think there are several causes for the carnival folding up its tents and […]

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The California Institute for Regenerative Mendacity

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Here’s how the pro embryonic stem cell/human cloning advocacy game is played. First, the public faces of patients and their loved ones promise CURES! CURES! CURES! Then, when you call the campaign on the mendacity, they claim, “The scientists have never said that in the […]

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Michael J. Fox Finally Gets Real

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC “Victim celebrities,” Ralph Nader calls them, by which he means, people who have been victimized by an abusive act or policy. They often make the best political activists against it because they bring the principle down to the personal level. But there are also “celebrity […]

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Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad Stem Cell News!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Hype over embryonic stem cell research has been maddening. The media bias, extreme. And many in elected office, intent on using the sector as a special interest source of campaign funds — and believing the cures meme — have been decidedly uninterested in hearing any […]

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Early ESCR Success Reveals Possible Future Hard Choices

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Advanced Cell Technology is reporting that a very preliminary review of its ESCR-derived eye treatment shows safety and potential efficacy. From The Lancet: Schwartz and colleagues have realised the potential to use hESCs therapeutically in human beings. Their report is preliminary, in only two patients, […]

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Advanced Cell Technology Touted Again as the The Little Bioetech That Could

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Oh good grief. As I recounted in detail in Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World, the human cloning/embryonic stem cell research company, Advanced Cell Technology, has been masterful at getting itself — and its chief scientist Robert Lanza — in the news. Here, for […]

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