Adult Stem Cell Awareness

November 27, 2007

A little stem cell leadership would be nice

The pro-embryonic stem cell research aftershocks coming after the iPSC Thanksgiving surprise are certainly attention grabbing. Some are remounting what we thought was a dying horse. “Embryonic stem cell research must go on!” they cry. Will their defiant rumblings and grumblings amount to anything . . . are they of real concern or just the pitiful death rattle of a giant about to topple over? I don’t know. It is a time for some stem cell leadership.

I’d like to see James Thomson, who has been vocal about his embryonic research qualms finish the whole thing off – not by means of his passive, regret-driven, wishful thinking about the course of the future, but by truly and aggressively campaigning for an end to embryonic stem cell research. If he has had serious qualms about destroying embryos and he believes in the potential of iPSC’s, why not make a stand? Now is the time, if ever.

Why? Read Dr. Dan’s latest, “Steady as We Go and Stay the Course, “, Fr. Berg’s, “IPSC: What the Scientists are Saying“, and Wesley Smith, “Lead Into Gold: Stem Cell Counter Attack“.

But we can’t expect good leadership from the morally confused. Thomson, brilliant a mind as he has with regard to science, doesn’t seem to have a coherent let alone praiseworthy set of ethics. Instead of leading toward an ethically sound stem cell future, he insists that embryo destructive research shouldn’t cease. Sorry to say, while Thomson will fill up several noteworthy entries in the annals of science from here on out, and while he may even be in line for a Nobel, he won’t be known for making a stand on principle when he was most needed.

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4 Comments »

  1. […] But then what can you expect when the very researchers who made such a profound discovery are still encouraging the unethical, and now unnecessary, use of human embryos for stem cell […]

    Pingback by Reflections of a Paralytic » The Politicians Don’t Get it, As Usual — November 28, 2007 @ 3:58 am | Reply

  2. […] But then what can you expect when the very researchers who made such a profound discovery are still encouraging the unethical, and now unnecessary, use of human embryos for stem cell […]

    Pingback by Politicians Don’t Get it, As Usual « Adult Stem Cell Awareness — November 28, 2007 @ 5:36 am | Reply

  3. […] muster up the courage to stand up for his convictions and do the right thing. As a said before, we’ve got a crisis of leadership here if Nature has got it […]

    Pingback by Nature editorial, let’s have fun with this one! « Adult Stem Cell Awareness — November 30, 2007 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  4. […] in our scientific community, we need to prepare minds and hearts to receive supernatural grace. If Thompson and Yamanaka have missed their moral moment – we don’t give up. We keep praying and keep […]

    Pingback by The beginning of the end of the stem cell wars - again? « Adult Stem Cell Awareness — December 6, 2007 @ 4:38 pm | Reply


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