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Stanford stem-cell funding surpasses all others

Original post made on Jul 1, 2008

Four research scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have been awarded $5.6 million in the latest round of stem cell research funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The latest round of funding means that Stanford's total funding is now $90 million, more than any other institution.

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Posted by Rudy
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2008 at 11:44 am

Barack Obama wisely knows the value of stem cell research in curing the diseases and conditions that potentially plague us all. Barack Obama supports stem cell research. If we elect Obama we have the potential to banish the diseases that have plagued humanity since the beginning.

Vote Obama for a healthful world!


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Posted by think hard
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 5, 2008 at 7:42 am

stem cell research has made wonderful gains.

embryonic stem cells still show no gains above stem cell use.

Barack supports 3rd trimester abortions...remember babies born in the 3rd trimester now live and live well..AND he supports EMBRYONIC stem cell research.

Are you SURE you want to keep going down this path? Remember, research on those not considered human in the concentration camps was meant to "save lives" also. They just didn't talk about WHICH lives the research was for.

Think hard about what kind of society you all want.


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Posted by David Hines
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I will first say that I am against any type of abortion. With that said; I was diagnosed last year with a rare and non-curable chronic and severly painful nerve disease. My only hope of having any kind of normal life is stem cell's. I have tried, and continue to do so, to educate myself as much as possible so I can make the right decision when and if that time comes. So I ask, is all stem cell's come from an aborted baby? or can we have stem cell research and rx for various diseases?


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Posted by David Hines
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2008 at 9:59 pm

I will first say that I am against any type of abortion. With that said; I was diagnosed last year with a rare and non-curable chronic and severly painful nerve disease. My only hope of having any kind of normal life is stem cell's. I have tried, and continue to do so, to educate myself as much as possible so I can make the right decision when and if that time comes. So I ask, is all stem cell's come from an aborted baby? or can we have stem cell research and rx for various diseases? Without abortions? I'm not sure if I understand 100% what stem cell's are all about? I just read the news and talk to as many folks as possible and pray for the best. God Bless.


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Posted by What is the name of the disease?
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2008 at 7:02 am

ABSOLUTELY not all stem cells come from embryos.

In fact, all strides made so far in stem cell research come from non-embryonic stem cells. Stem cells come from all over the body.

I am like you,..I will never, under any circumstances, support stem cell research or use from life that has begun..embryos. Regardless of any amount of parsing or rationalization, embryos are just that, embryonic life. This is why, for example, vegetarians don't eat FERTILIZED eggs, they know already that it is a growing CHICKEN, just like human embryos are growing HUMANS.

I admire that you, who have a disease, have not fallen into the rationalization which leads to the thought that killing embryos is ok since it might save lives (huh???). I have actually heard people say that sacrificing your life for another is good, so it is ok to take embryos for the good of others ( huh??? Did they miss the "voluntary" part of sacrifice??)

Supporters of EMBRYONIC stem cell research continually "forget" to add the word "embryonic" to their discussions, trying to paint those of us who follow the distinction as nutcases who want to impose our religious beliefs on others at the expense of human life and suffering. However, it is just like those who say "immigrant" to mean "illegal immigrant" in order to make those of us who oppose ILLEGAL immigration look like we oppose all immigration. This constant attempt to fool people works some of the time, but thankfully most people are smart enough to figure out the reality. Like you, whom I admire for trying to research this question.

If you say the name of your disease, I promise I will send money to the organization which is researching your disease, and maybe it will be the dollars which cause the breakthrough on NON-EMBRYONIC cures.

Blessings on you.


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Posted by Nate Morefield
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 9, 2008 at 8:07 am

There is nothing wrong with embryonic stem cell research. The embryos that are and would be used come from in vitro fertilization clinics where they would otherwise be destroyed. So if you really believe that killing embryos isn't ok, then why don't you start at those clinics, who "kill" many times more embryos than children that are born. All the scientists are asking for is to use the embryos that are already going to be destroyed. The IVF clinics even ask permission of the parents of the stem cells. Please tell me what is wrong with that.


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Posted by Victoria Harris
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 22, 2008 at 5:10 am

Whether you are pro choice or antiabortion, embryonic stem cell research has nothing to do with your opinion. When couples have their embryos frozen at fertility clinics there are dozens of them that do not get used. If the couple choose not to have more children after conceiving and giving birth to the children they want they have the choice of disposing the left over embryos or donating them. Alot of couples choose to dispose of the left over embryos so they don't have children all over the country that they don't even know about.
The embryos that are thrown out back in the trash could be a major source of embryonic stem cells for the scientific researchers to tap into. I am just a mother, but i have done an enormous amount of reading on this issue and find no morality issues with it, except for the fact that if we start curing people the pharmaceuticals would lose alot of profit. I am also a mother to a daughter with cerebral palsy and epilepsy and know that one day there will be a cure for kids like her. Another point i would like to make is , everyone is so worried about Social security going bankrupt, if kids and adults alike could be cured, people on SSI and disability Social security would be productive again and the money saved would put us in a more secure situation for present and upcoming retirement social security recipients. I think the benefits come full circle, where as an embryo thrown in the trash at a fertility clinic benefits no one.


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