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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Massachusetts Embryonic Stem Cell Bill

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(Posted on BNN)

A bill that would allow embryonic stem cell research in Massachusetts cleared its second big legislative hurdle on Thursday with enough support to withstand a near-certain veto by the state's governor.

Following impassioned argument on both sides, the state House of Representatives voted 117-37 in favor of legislation that endorses stem cell research, including stem cells obtained from cloned human embryos.

The sad part is that the bill allows these embryo's to be cloned for the sole purpose of "research" (although purposes for reproduction will be prohibited). Governor Mitt Romney opposes the bill, but with democrats controlling the state senate, and probably the state house as well (I'll try to verify later) it seems that any veto issued will be overturned by the legislature.

Romney plans on vetoing the bill anyway, and has launched a radio campaign in order to bring his appeal to the people of Massachusetts.

Although he admits his veto would be nothing more than a vain attempt at stopping the passage of the bill, Romney plans to oppose the measure in any way, shape or form possible.

"Cloning would mean creating new human life, new embryos, just for experimentation," Romney said in the 60-second radio ad paid for by his political committee. "If, like me, you support stem-cell research but you oppose cloning human embryos, please tell your legislator. Help me oppose the radical cloning bill now on Beacon Hill." [Source]

This is an outrage because liberals once again are over looking the fact that adult stem cells are not only effective but have been proven to be just as successful, if not more as Israel and Australia can tell you.

Here is why we should use adult stem cells:

New nerve cells, glial cells, liver cells, heart cells, muscle cells – all were grown in a dish from stem cells from the human nose. Establishing the versatility of these adult stem cells was in itself a significant scientific achievement, but the Griffith University team's experiments also uncovered a raft of additional advantages.

For starters, such cells are easily harvested. The research team's doctor, prominent Brisbane ear, nose and throat specialist Chris Perry, was able to extract them from consenting patients – and later from the scientists themselves – by simply spraying the inside of the nose with a local anaesthetic and then removing a sample no bigger than a grain of pepper.

The harvested stem cells were not only readily available but proved to be astonishingly easy to grow in the laboratory, with millions of them forming within weeks. Down the track, once all the required trials are carried out – which could take at least another five years – it might well be possible for a healthy person to have his olfactory stem cells harvested, a mildly uncomfortable process that takes barely 10 minutes, grown in a lab and then frozen for injection years later into – to give just one example – the withered muscles of a heart after a heart attack.

For the moment, however, the most significant advantage is that these cells can be harvested from anyone of any age and without the need for major surgery, which is the only way scientists have been able to obtain other neural stem cells in the brain. And unlike adult stem cells in the blood and bone marrow, they are abundant and easily multiplied.

Wouldn't it make more sense to use your own cells (which can be grown in weeks) instead of some "clones" which could possible be rejected by your body? Not only would it definitely be compatible but it would probably be less expensive as you wouldn't have to pay for the costs of the "cloning research." Democrats seem to be pushing this "culture of death," and it makes no sense destroying human "copies" when we have the tools right at our "nose tips."

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