Stem-Cell Bullshit


This is the latest ad from the Missouri groups trying to stop the Stem-cell research amendment_

Let's review_

Jeff Suppan says that the amendment doesn't really ban human cloning!

From the bill, section 2.1:

No person may clone or attempt to clone a human being.

Seems pretty damn clear to me. What I believe they're referring to is the fact that the bill allows a procedure called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). This involves removing the nucleus of an unfertilized egg, and replacing it with genetic material from another cell (like a heart cell, or a muscle cell). The cell can then be stimulated to begin dividing, and used to produce lines of stem cells for research. This is "theraputic cloning", and is vastly different from "reproductive cloning", where the end result is a human embryo. This bill specifically bans reproductive cloning, and virtually all scientists support the reproductive cloning ban. There is no issue here.

Oh noes! Kurt Warner says that there won't be any cures for 15 years!

There's no way to know how long it will take to translate this kind of research into medical treatments. Anyone who gives you a number, whether high or low, is bullshitting. That said, have we stopped cancer research because it's taking a long time? In the 80's, should we have said "screw AIDS research, because it will take over 20 years to come to fruition"? It's just a ludicrous idea.

Patricia Heaton says that this amendment will lead lots of poor women to sell their eggs!

From the bill_

(4) No person may, for valuable consideration, purchase or sell human blastocysts or eggs for stem cell research or stem cell therapies and cures.

(5) Human blastocysts and eggs obtained for stem cell research or stem cell therapies and cures must have been donated with voluntary and informed consent, documented in writing.

Thus, her whole segment is shot down.

This entire ad is esentially a lie. Spread the word, and let people know that these people are full of shit.

UPDATE: Orac does an even better job of debunking the ad here.

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