Friday, August 08, 2008

Stem cell research

The above diagram shows how stem cells can be created without using embryonic cells. It is from this news article.

Catholicism has gotten tons of grief and criticism over being opposed to embryonic stem cell research. Often the criticism went along the lines that Catholicism was "opposed to scientific research and progress" and words to that effect. This, despite the fact that NONE of the embryonic stem cells have worked. NONE! Embryonic stem cell research been high on promise and zero on delivery. And yet, embryonic stem cells were sold and sold hard as the wave of the future.

In the meantime, the non-embryonic stem cells have shown the very promise that embryonic stem cells are alleged to have. Whenever you see news reports about the "latest discovery" of stem cells healing or developing, it's been from non-embryonic stem cells. So why was the embryonic cells bill of goods being sold to us? The liberal in me smells a corporate con job with connections to some influential persons connected to politicians, whose reelection campaigns were given handsome donations.

It's hardly a secret that these things happen. In my state of Texas, Gov. Rick "Goodhair" Perry last year made Gardasil vaccinations required for school age girls, this being put through without the state legislature or anything. He was so obviously whoring for Merck that Merck had to make a sort of apology because of the public embarrassment. I feel that such goings-on are happening with the push for the non-performing embryonic stem cell research.

But Catholicism seems to be proven right all along. And I'm glad to see that. In case you haven't figured it out, I'm Catholic. Sometimes it takes a strong will to fight the good fight, and some brave, hardy souls to see it through. It's good to see that such people and groups still have to courage to stand up to the high-pressure sales tactics of today's snake oil salesmen.

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