Adult Stem Cell Awareness

November 21, 2007

Giving thanks – and posing a question

Wesley Smith has done  a great job of pointing out that both President Bush  and William Hurlbut have been critically important players in this pivotal stem cell breakthrough. There will be, if not already, plenty who scoff at the notion that President Bush had anything to do with it, but Wesley Smith can set them straight, here. Further, because William Hurlbut  persevered both in promoting alternative sources and campaigning for stem cell policy that included alternative sources research, the very old and very tired  mantra of  embryonic stem cell proponents is now a thing of the past. Whatever they have to say just doesn’t matter now. Even those among the staunchest of that group are  excited about induced pluripotent stem cell research.

Wesley Smith has got the right approach, on the eve of  Thanksgiving.

Just noticed Chelsea blogged this topic, too – and I see she reports on Wesley Smith’s committment to trying to affect policy in the state of Missouri. Thanks to you, Mr. Smith, for all you have done for years now to preserve the dignity of human life.

Finally, a question.

In Smith’s article, he mentions that Hurlburt had been opposed even by some pro-lifers. He is no doubt referring to the controversy surrounding the possibility of using ANT-OAR with human eggs and human cells. Judie Brown of ALL has gone on record in opposition, and there are others. I have been trying to come to my own position on this, but have not been able to yet. Obviously, the new reprogramming method  may remove the need to come to a decision altogether. However, in reading here, particularly this:

Therefore, unlike some other proposed methods of ANT, this method would achieve its objective not by a gene deletion that precludes embryonic organization in the cell produced, but rather by a positive transformation that generates, ab initio, a cell with the distinctive molecular characteristics and developmental behavior of a pluripotent cell, not a totipotent embryo.

the question arises: is this method the exact method that Brown, et al., oppose? At first reading – awhile back – I thought it was – now I am less certain. Can anyone clarify? 

I leave you with that and wish all reading a blessed Thanksgiving!

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