stem cell research

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Oversight Needed

Somewhere in the Great Beyond, Aldous Huxley must have been shaking his head and saying “I told you so” after Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of twin girls whose genes he claimed to have edited. If true, these are the first genetically engineered human babies. After creating the embryos via in vitro fertilization, He — known in the Read More ›

Ethical Stem Cell Research Wins the Nobel Prize

You don’t see much of the old embryonic stem cell hype anymore. Oh, once in a while, some clueless journalist tries to reinflate the balloon. For example, a recent article in Fortune lamented the poor economic outlook for embryonic stem cell companies. From, “The Great Stem Cell Dilemma:” To be clear, the earliest stem cell therapies are almost certainly years Read More ›

William Hurlbut: Building a Bridge Over Troubled Stem Cell Waters

Prior to being appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council on Bioethics in 2001, William B. Hurlbut, MD was a popular consulting professor in bioethics and the neurosciences at Stanford University, well known within the insular academic community, but not a public figure. Within just a few short years of his appointment, he became one of the Read More ›

A European Victory for Ethical Stem Cell Research

Remember the constant outcry against President George W. Bush’s embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) federal funding restrictions? Even though his administration issued more than $600 million in NIH grants for human ESCR, and much more than that for animal studies, Bush was castigated widely for preventing selfless scientists from creating a robust regenerative medical sector that, the critics claimed, possessed Read More ›

Embryonic-Stem-Cell Court Decision Reflects Our Government of Expediency

Judge Royce Lamberth’s dismissal of the lawsuit against federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research — after his earlier injunction against funding was reversed on appeal — was a predictable outcome of a governmental system that has slouched into embracing expediency over principle in order to obtain desired policy outcomes. Starting in 1996, and every year since — whether under Democratic or Republican administrations Read More ›

Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Politics, and the Rule of Law

The Center for Bioethics and Culture asked me to expand upon comments I have made here noting that the politics of ESCR seem to have the power to supersede the rule of law. Not being the shy and retiring type, I immediately agreed. The result is now out. From “Embryonic Stem Cell Research Versus the Rule of Law:” First, let’s consider Read More ›

The Court Fight over Embryonic-Stem-Cell Research Is Not Over Yet

I note that Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth’s ruling stopping all federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research as against federal law (the Dickey-Wicker Amendment) has been reversed in a 2–1 appeals-court verdict. Given the extreme political correctness of federal funding — and the courts’ general tendency to follow the views of the liberal establishment in these matters — it is both surprising and Read More ›

The Stem-Cell War

An enduring liberal myth, that of the Republican “war on science,” got a subtle rebuke this week when the first and only patient to receive FDA-approved embryonic-stem-cell therapy publicly revealed his identity. Timothy J. Atchison, a 21-year-old nursing student, had been partially paralyzed in a car crash. Six months ago, scientists at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta sought to test on Read More ›