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    Prop. 71 would fund wrong research

    Prop. 71 would fund wrong research

    By: RICHARD SAMS - For the North County Times

    The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation is one of many disease advocacy groups supporting Proposition 71, California's controversial embryonic stem cell research and cloning initiative. If voted into law, the initiative will require the state of California to fund destructive research using embryos and cloning to the tune of $3 billion over 10 years, costing California taxpayers $6 billion after interest. This astronomical sum of money is equivalent to the amount the federal government is spending on the Human Genome Project.

    There are more than 250,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States and at least 10,000 new injuries each year. Since his injury, Christopher Reeve has become an outspoken advocate of people living with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, urging members to support therapeutic cloning and research using stem cells from embryos. Is such enthusiasm and hope justifiable?

    To date no human trials have occurred in the field of embryonic stem cell research. It is proving difficult to coax stem cells into becoming cells that could be implanted into human beings. Twenty years of such research in animals has shown little progress. When implanted into animals, stem cells have a propensity to degenerate into tumors.


    It's another story when attention is turned to adult stem cell research. In animal trials, paraplegic rats have shown dramatic functional improvement after transplants of adult stem cells. In humans, Dr. Carlos Lima of Portugal is treating patients with spinal cord injuries with their own stem cells harvested from their nasal cavities. All patients treated to date have shown some functional improvement.

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    will anyone get their facts right? sigh

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    this idiot writes for my local paper. i'll try writing him a letter.

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    "To date no human trials have occurred in the field of embryonic stem cell research. It is proving difficult to coax stem cells into becoming cells that could be implanted into human beings. Twenty years of such research in animals has shown little progress. When implanted into animals, stem cells have a propensity to degenerate into tumors."

    A lot of missinformation here!

    JJG

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    These are popping up all over.
    Like flies going after honey.
    Just an opinion.

    Help is on the way.

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    Originally posted by buckwheat:

    this idiot writes for my local paper. i'll try writing him a letter.
    Yea buckwheat, write his ass a letter!

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