ethical stem cell research

STAP Stem Cell Study Boo Boo

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A bit ago, a stem cell researcher made international headlines claiming to have turned skin cells into pluripotent stem cells (STAP) using an acid bath–a seeming advance beyond induced pluripotent stem cells. But other researchers have been unable to duplicate the result. And now, the author has called for her own paper’s retraction. From the New […]

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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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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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Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Treat Diabetes

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC If this pans out, it will be a big WOW! Endocrine Today is reporting that umbilical cord blood stem cells have enabled diabetes patients to reduce insulin intake. From the story: Umbilical cord blood stem cells have been successful in the treatment of type 1 […]

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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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“Good Ethics Makes for Good Science”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Legatus magazine asked me to write a column on the stem cell issue, and so I did. From “Good Ethics Makes for Good Science:” Have you noticed that the stem-cell controversy rarely makes the news these days? There’s a reason: The greatest advances in stem-cell […]

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Ethical Stem Cell Research Continues to Advance

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The days of embryonic stem cells as “the only hope” are long gone. Sure scientists still talk about them as the “gold standard” and media still pound the drum, but the paint is fast pealing off that meme. Moreover, the field is only inching forward […]

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Urethras Grown From Patients’ Own Bladder Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC They just keep on rolling. Scientists have used cells from patients’ own bodies to build new urethras. From the story: The boys were ages 10 to 14 at the time of the surgery. Three were accident victims, and the other two had suffered failures of […]

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Adult Skin Stem Cell “Gun” Huge Breakthrough in Burn Therapy

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Remember those bad old days when we were told embryonic stem cell research offered the “only hope?” Check this National Geographic video out! Healing within days with the patient’s own stem cells. Never underestimate the ingenuity and creativity of scientists! Share Tweet +1 Stumble Share […]

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Bush’s New Book Quotes CBC Special Consultant

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Wow. I am surprised — and very flattered: President Bush’s new book Decision Points quotes me. The Corner also takes note, because the quote is from something I wrote on NRO. Here’s what Bush wrote: Those on the other side of the debate argued that […]

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Skin Cells Turned Directly Into Human Blood

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Scientists have used a modified version of the induced pluripotent stem cell process to create blood cells out of skin cells — without going through the pluripotent stage. This could be big. From the story: Mick Bhatia, scientific director of McMaster’s Stem Cell and Cancer […]

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Ethical Stem Cell Breakthrough! IPSCs Without Genes or Viruses

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Never underestimate the creativity and excellence of our scientists. New research seems to have overcome the difficulties of IPSCs, allowing pluripotent stem cells to be created from normal body cells without using genes or viruses. From the story in the Washington Post: In 2006, researchers […]

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Ethical Stem Cells Advancing!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Perhaps the worst things President Obama did when he rescinded President Bush’s ESCR funding policy, was that he also revoked a non controversial Bush order that required the NIH to give funding priority to finding sources of pluripotent stem cells that do not destroy embryos. […]

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Bioethicists Say IPSCs as Ethically Fraught as ESCR — Baloney

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Stem cell bioethicists apparently have claimed that IPSCs — skin or other cells reprogrammed to be stem cells& — “are as morally fraught” as ESCR — stem cells taken from destroying human embryos. Baloney. ESCR is, by the very way the cells are derived and […]

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“In the Body” Cell Reprogramming Hope for Treatment of Heart Disease

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC As regenerative medical researchers grow increasingly imaginative, we hear less and less about embryonic stem cell research, and indeed, the meme that it is the “only hope” for suffering patients is now patently absurd. Now, scientists have apparently figured out a way to turn one […]

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Adult Stem Cell Human Trial Begins to Treat Spinal Cord Injury

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC There have been human trials ongoing around the world using adult stem cells from olfactory tissues to treat paralysis caused by spinal cord injury–most famously by Dr. Carlos Lima (not that most people know it considering the media cricket chirping). In peer reviewed studies, this […]

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Change of Tide: Former ESC Resarcher Abandons Field For IPSCs

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The always informative Michael Cook over at Bioedge notes that a former enthusiast and participant in ESCR has abandoned the field to pursue IPSCs. From the post: Amongst scientists who promoted the use of human embryonic stem cells five years ago, in the middle of […]

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What Happened to (Our Only Hope) Embryonic Stem Cell Research?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC “The scientists” used to say that embryonic stem cell research provided the primary, perhaps “only” hope for treatments of degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and spinal cord injury. This hype, willfully shoveled by Big Biotech and spread by its willing accomplices in the media, opened the […]

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