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California Stem Cell Crony Capitalism

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Color me wondering why it took so long: The former head of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine–once in charge of giving away billions of dollars of borrowed taxpayers’ money–has joined a company to which the CIRM gave a big grant. From the (surprising they published it–good for them!) San Francisco Chronicle story: StemCells Inc.’s […]

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SF Chronicle Turns Against CA Stem Cell Agency

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In 2004, California voters passed Proposition 71 under an avalanche of mendacious CURES! CURES! CURES! hype: Children would get out of wheelchairs! Diabetes would be conquered! Mendacity, mendacity, all was mendacity. Ten years later and the spin has spun. Now, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will need voters to renew its borrow-and-spend mandate. That […]

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Exposing Baloney of Stem Cell Sophists

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Ever since the great embryonic stem cell debate commenced at the end of the Clintion years, I have witnesses so many “scientists” and media cheer leaders claim that an early embryo is no different than the cells that are destroyed when you brush your teeth, e.g., just a cell, not a human organism at all. What […]

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Follow $ to Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Research!

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Ten years ago, we were in the midst of a heated national debate over embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). Proponents castigated opponents (like me) as “anti-science,” and theocratic for opposing ESCR federal funding based on ethical concerns. When we claimed that alternatives to embryonic stem cells showed great promise, we were derided as Luddites. Embryonic […]

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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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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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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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Science Writer Avoids The Point of My Media Stem Cell Bias Charge

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC At least he read the piece, but John Farrell wrote right past the point in attempting to rebut my recent Weekly Standard column about the media’s biased coverage of Geron’s abandonment of embryonic stem cell research. From “A Conservative Protest About Stem Cells and the […]

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LA Times Circles the Wagons on ESCR

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Consider this an addendum to my Weekly Standard piece on media bias in reporting the collapse of Geron’s embryonic stem cell project that came out on Saturday. The LA Times finally got around to reporting the Geron collapse. Apparently, it had to figure out how […]

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EU Bans Patents on Embryonic Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good. As anticipated, the EU’s top court has banned patents on embryonic stem cells as EU law prohibits patenting products that came from destroying embryos. From the France International News story: Europe’s top court on Tuesday banned researchers from patenting any process to extract stem […]

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Expediency Over Principle: Embryonic Stem Cell Federal Funding Lawsuit Dismissed

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC District Court Judge Royce Lamberth has dismissed the lawsuit filed against the Obama funding of ESCR. From the story: A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s funding of stem cell research. The lawsuit, filed by Boston biological engineer James L. […]

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Stem Cell Fountain of Youth Story Intended to Boost CIRM Re-Up Drive?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC As I have written here previously, the arrogantly managed and wildly expensive California Institute For Regenerative Medicine will be up for renewal in 2014. Its leaders want the suckers voters in California — already hopelessly behind the deficit 8-ball and drowning in bond debt — […]

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Courts Should Follow the Law Not Determine Best Policy Re Funding of Stem Cell Research

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC ESCR scientists are mounting a furious political assault against the lawsuit, currently back in Royce Lamberth’s court urging that human embryonic stem cell research continue to be funded by the Feds, hoping to pressure the judge to see it their way. From the Science Daily […]

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Embryonic Stem Cell Research versus the Rule of Law

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The embryonic stem cell research controversy is an ethics, not a science, debate. But it also involves the rule of law. Indeed, two recent court rulings—one in the United States and one in Europe—illustrate how the intense politics swirling around ESCR have the potential to […]

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Media Bias On Stem Cell/Cloning Debates Still Biased

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have written about the ubiquitous media bias in the stem cell/cloning debates so often that I feel like I am trying to empty the ocean with a cup. But it is worth noting that my Discover Institute colleague, David Klinghoffer, take a good swing […]

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Pro ESCR Art Caplan Calls Out “Scientists” For Intentional “Over-Hype” (Lies)

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC One of the most infuriating aspects for me in the embryonic stem cell debates has been the continual hype lying I have seen — indeed, personally witnessed — by scientists. I say lying because that is a knowing and willful misstatement of fact, as opposed […]

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Embryonic Stem Cell Derivation Process Not Patentable, European Court Rules

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC For all the faux screaming about Bush — which was mostly pure politics — the real financial impediment to ESCR has been the patenting question. And now, the European Court of Justice has dealt a body blow to the sector. From the story: The European […]

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