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On April 23, 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published draft stem cell guidelines for public comment in the Federal Register. The purpose of these guidelines are to implement President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13505 “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells,” which was issued on March 9, 2009.

NIH received 49,015 comments by May 26, 2009, the closing date of the comment period, and have compiled these comments on this website. Any comments received via email or mail after the May 26 deadline are not included on this website. In reviewing the comments, NIH determined that 60 comments were inappropriate (i.e., contained SPAM responses or offensive language), and these comments have been excluded from this website. In addition, to protect the identities and personal information of individuals who submitted comments, NIH has removed personally identifiable information from the comments on this website even though individuals consented that the information provided could be made available for public review and posting.



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3298 05/01/2009 at 12:09:18 PM Self     Hi,

My wife and I would like to go on record as opposing the use of Federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells and we hope you will consider our conscientious objections as you decide on the issue.

Sincerely,

 
3299 05/01/2009 at 12:09:30 PM Self     President Obama is not a moral person and needs to put a stop to embryonic stem cell research. He is destroying the moral fiber of this country and needs to be stopped. Adult stem cells have been proven better, but encouraging embryonic research creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do NOT want my tax dollar to go for this mess. Enough INNOCENT babies have been slaughtered and from the horror taking place in our country, we have taken God out of the picture and He will deal with it and people will not be happy with His actions.

 
3300 05/01/2009 at 12:09:36 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

 
3301 05/01/2009 at 12:09:43 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. A human embryo is a human being, and the research would involve killing them. Killing an innocent and especially a defenseless person is inexcusable. It's morally unacceptable regardless of any potential scientific gain. There is no moral difference between these proposed experiments and those of Dr. Mengele, the Nazi.

 
3302 05/01/2009 at 12:10:03 PM Self     It is so sad that brand new human beings are being destroyed (killed) for the purpose, supposedly, of helping older human beings.

 
3303 05/01/2009 at 12:10:15 PM Self     The debate over the use of embryonic stem cells for research, etc. should be over! Last year, a Japanese scientist found a way to take adult stem cells and alter them so that they would be able to become different cells in the body--much as embryonic stem cells were supposed to do but were never able to (they produced tumors and never a single cure or treatment.) These pluripotent cells made the use of embryonic stem cells unnecessary, and their use is ethical whereas the killing of embryos to obtain their stem cells is unethical. Moreover, no taxpayer should be forced to support research that involves the killing of innnocent human life.

 
3304 05/01/2009 at 12:10:31 PM Self     My tax dollars could be better spent than on embryonic stem cell research. I, therefore, oppose the spending of my tax dollars on such research. Let those who are so inclined spend there own personal money on that type of research and leave public funds alone.

 
3305 05/01/2009 at 12:10:34 PM Self     Why do you insist on spending overspent tax dollars on a procedure that is useless? We don't need to fund this research. Let the scientific bodies that think this is such a wonderful source of cures explain why none have been found with embryonic stem cells. The scientific community must not exploit hopeful parents by claiming this is a way to save others.

 
3306 05/01/2009 at 12:10:54 PM Self     My understanding is these guidelines will send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I oppose this use of my tax dollars. I oppose the draft guidelines as they would, essentially, require these "leftover" embryos be put to death. Instead, the guidelines should be changed in order to promote the adoption of these embryos.

 
3307 05/01/2009 at 12:10:55 PM Self     It would appear to me that when times are tough it would be best to put the money into what we know works, which is adult stem cells.

 
3308 05/01/2009 at 12:11:05 PM Self     President OBAMA,we are very much in opposition to the use ofembryonic stem cells. Please allow these unborn babies to live and not die.Please reconsider your stand on life for unborn babies. They are the weakest members of our society and need protection. Sincerely,

 
3309 05/01/2009 at 12:11:21 PM Self     I do not understand the need for embryonic stem cell research. According to some it is against the country's principles to put a bug in a cell with a prisoner but it is OK violently kill a baby to retrieve a few cells.

Whatever some speculate we can gain from this research it is not worth the damage done our corporate soul to murder so wantonly.

Embryonic stem cell research is based on speculation. Pursue avenues that provide results.

 
3310 05/01/2009 at 12:11:21 PM Self     My wife and I do oppose all embryonic stem cell research because it is taking life. As far as we can find out, stem cell research has never been shown to produce any helpful results. Ont he other hand, adult stem cell has been shown to be very productive. So we would urge you not to proceed with any of your proposed research.

Sespectively Submitted,

 
3311 05/01/2009 at 12:11:44 PM Self     We are opposed to the use of federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Scientific research has shown that adult stem cells are superior to their embryonic equivalents in medical applications. To date, no effective, viable results have been gleaned from the use of embryonic stem cells; the results have all been disastrous. And this is just the scientific portion of our objection. There is also the moral objection--those of us who hold that all life is precious from the moment of conception believe that it is morally wrong to use embryonic cells in this manner. On both issues it is also a waste of funds. Please do not fund this scientifically and morally bankrupt form of research.

 
3312 05/01/2009 at 12:12:04 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds for embryonic stem cell research.

 
3313 05/01/2009 at 12:12:25 PM Self     My comments are very simple. There is too much promising research using adult stem cells to even consider using embryonic stem cells. I cannot imagine why anyone would consider it preferable to create life with the purpose of then taking it. Let's be about life! Let's save lives and respect the sanctity of human life!

 
3314 05/01/2009 at 12:12:35 PM Self     I was adopted, never would my mother have aborted me. When we want a "baby" we call it that from inception but when we want stem cells, we call it an embryo. It's killing, please stop. God loves everyone.

 
3315 05/01/2009 at 12:12:43 PM Self     Seriously, why are we wasting our time! ADULT STEM CELLS ARE TREATING OVER 70 DISEASES RIGHT NOW! Embryonic hasn't helped any one yet and its been testing for over 20 years... wisen up people!

 
3316 05/01/2009 at 12:12:47 PM Self     The recent Political Pressures are on to force Tax-payer funded Embryonic STEM cell research. There is NO moratorium stating Corporations can not conduct this testing on their own funding. It's a Corp. Push to make Tax payers FUND their research. 70 Different Diseases are currently being successfully treated by Adult STEM Cells. For many years, Embryonic STEM cell research an treatments has failed any benefit use beyong clones. Stop allowing Corporations to benefit on the Deaths of Humans.

 
3317 05/01/2009 at 12:12:48 PM Self     It is widely known and accepted medical fact that we have seen significant success with Adult Stem Cells including: Brain Tumors, Retinoblastoma,Ovarian Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia, Breast Cancer, Neuroblastoma, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke, Anemias, Cartilage and Bone Diseases, Corneal Scarring, Blood diseases, Liver diseases, Gene Therapy, Heart Damage applications,and Parkinson's Treatment.

These treatments have been safe and effective because in most cases we are using the patients own cells to create the new ones needed to accomplish the therapy outcome without the problems of blood and tissue rejections because they are already the patients own cells.

On the other hand, Embryonic stems cells have yet to produce one successful, safe, therapy application because they are much to erradic to control and work with to produce a successful patient outcome.

With Embryonic Stem Cell research we set out to accomplish the same results, therapies and accomplishments we are seeing work right now with Adult Stem Cell research. At this point I can not see any reason to continue with Embryonic Stem Cell research. Is it necessary to create and destroy human life to look for a non-existent "golden egg" when the hen is already laying on the other side of the fence?

So the bottom line question is: Why do we want to continue wasting our time, money, and efforts, on a dead end street that still continues to produce nothing? In my estimation this field will never be successful because in order for there to be success you still have to overcome the "donor" and recipient incompatibilities that have already been resolved using Adult Stem Cell treatments. Let's put our efforts where we know the success will come, rather than where we already know its going to fail.

Thank you,

 
3318 05/01/2009 at 12:13:10 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but my mother has Parkinson's disease so I have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

 
3319 05/01/2009 at 12:13:15 PM Self     As an American, I can't stomach the idea that my tax dollars will be used to fund the destruction of the most vulnerable of human lives for the the supposed benefit of my own or anyone else's health. This is irrational and extraordinarily troubling since we are already having success with adult stem cells and other new technologies that avoid this very grave offense. Is this who we are as Americans? If we should use techniques other than torture to obtain information necessary to save lives from the guilty, why shouldn't we offer the same degree of respect for human life when it comes to the innocent? To me, it's obvious.

 
3320 05/01/2009 at 12:13:55 PM Self     I do not want to spend MY money on helping to kill unborn babies. Embryos, blastocysts, whatever you want to call them, I do NOT support this action and I am asking that you oppose these regulations in this un Godly bill which would require stem cell embryo testing.

 
3321 05/01/2009 at 12:13:56 PM Self     Please promote the adoption of human embryos rather than their destruction. ADULT stem cell research has resulted in significant benefits to human health and life. That's the frontier to pursue.

 
3322 05/01/2009 at 12:14:01 PM Self     I am against embroyic stem cell research because it causes a death of a human being. Adult stem cell research has been very sucessful and is curing many ailments while embroyic stem cells has had no benficial results and has been know to cause tumors and will be rejected since it does not come from the persons own body. So spending money on embroyic stem cell research wil be wasting money and has problems with moral issues. Sincerely

 
3323 05/01/2009 at 12:14:03 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

 
3324 05/01/2009 at 12:14:06 PM Self     I am writing to object to the current governments policy on embryonic stem cell reseach. This is a damgerous place to go by allowing our tax dollars to fund this controversial policy. I beg you to reconsider using our tax dollars for this type of research.

Sincerely,

 
3325 05/01/2009 at 12:14:24 PM Organization United Christian Charity International P.O. Box 1030, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-1030 United Christian Charity International is a Catholic non-profit registered in North Carolina with a mission statement to implement the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. In defending life from a natural conception to a natural death, the use of embroynic stem cells the life of the unborn child is destroyed in the name of science and basic research.

The greatest research findings to date have come from adult stem cells and virtually no significant findings from embroynic stem cells. As the ***** and ***** of this non-profit, we completely oppose this human experimentation that results in the death of the unborn child.

*****, PhD, ***** United Christian Charity International

 
3326 05/01/2009 at 12:14:27 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future. The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines. Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes. We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can send us an email at advocacy@jdrf.org. Thank you! JDRF Government Relations Additional Background: Last month President Obama signed an Executive Order, which lifted previous federal funding restrictions on stem cell research. Although this action was a great victory for those of us in search of a cure for type 1 diabetes, our job is not done! As part of the Executive Order, President Obama instructed the NIH to issue guidelines governing this research. You can view the NIH’s draft guidelines online by clicking here. The draft guidelines would permit federal funding for research using stem cells derived from embryos created by in-vitro fertilization and no longer needed for reproductive purposes. The draft guidelines also would ensure that embryos utilized for embryonic stem cell research were donated under the highest ethical standards. While JDRF supports these guidelines, we would encourage the NIH to extend funding eligibility to currently-funded stem cell lines and existing lines that were derived according to prevailing ethical guidelines.

 
3327 05/01/2009 at 12:14:30 PM Self     "These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose." This quote is from the April 23, 2009 Federal Resister Notice. I AM AGAINST ANY FUNDING AND USE OF HUMAN EMBRYOS WHATSOEVER FOR RESEARCH & TESTING PURPOSES. I STRONGLY ASK THAT YOU REVERSE YOUR INTENDED USE OF HUMAN EMBRYOS FROM IVF.

Thank You,

 
3328 05/01/2009 at 12:14:40 PM Organization     I do not want to spend MY money on helping to kill unborn babies. Embryos, blastocysts, whatever you want to call them, I do NOT support this action and I am asking that you oppose these regulations in this un Godly bill which would require stem cell embryo testing

 
3329 05/01/2009 at 12:14:42 PM Self     NO Federal Funds for Embryonic Stem Cell Research!

1) Embryonic Stem Cells have been instrumental in developing NO CURES! the only thing they have developed with the use of Embryonic Stem Cells aer TUMORS!

2) ADULT STEM CELLS, on the other hand, have aleady PROVEN to be instrumental in the development of CURES for several diseases! Stem cells withdrawn from patient's own bone marrow have proven to be instrumental in creating CURES FOR SEVERAL DISEASES!

3) this administration, that CLAIMS to stand for "human rights" - and is railing against 'enhanced torture' - methods that have been used WITH A PHYSICIAN PRESENT to ensure that prisoners were not harmed! - have no problem with destroying human life in the womb (like plunging scissors into a fetus brain!) nor do they care about destruction of human life in the form of embryos....THESE ARE HUMAN EMBRYOS! - HUMAN LIFE! This is HYPOCRISY in the most horrific!

NO EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH! STAND FOR SOMETHING, WILL YOU?

"We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain INALIENABLE RIGHTS - that among these are LIFE...."

This administration, with its policies toward Embryonic Stem Cells, with human research and with abortion of even viable babies is NO BETTER that Hitler's Third Reich!

 
3330 05/01/2009 at 12:14:44 PM Self     Please note the fact that effective treatment has been done using adult stem cells, and further research in that regard would seem most expeditious. Thank you.

 
3331 05/01/2009 at 12:14:53 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines.

Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes.

We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
3332 05/01/2009 at 12:15:15 PM Self     I checked an IV clinic's storage cost for frozen embryos. $600 per year was the advertised amount. That is a significant amount of money for some people and the savings realized from no longer needing to pay storage fees could be a financial incentive to donate unused embryos for research. If that were the case then poor people with convictions concerning these embryos as human or potential humans would be discriminated against because there would be a financial benefit in the form of no further storage costs after donating. The guidelines attempt to address financial considerations so if the agency offering funding for research would offer the option of subsidizing the future storage costs for those who choose not to donate but who nevertheless have frozen embryos the playing field would be leveled regarding financial considerations. For the record I am against the use of federal dollars to harvest stem cells from frozen embryos but the above suggestion would help take the decision from a financial one to an ethical one with freedom to choose either way. Thank you for soliciting public comments.

 
3333 05/01/2009 at 12:15:22 PM Self     To Whom it May Concern:

Please do not support the bill for supporting embryonic stem cell research...it hasn't cured one disease in 20 years and adult stem cells are doing the job...this also creates a flow of business for abortions and supports cultivating death for the sake of unneccesary experiments. It is wrong and does not represent the majority in this country. Please do the bidding of your constitutents regardless of what you think is right. There is a deeper right and the astronimc expense is one more thing this nation and our children do not need to pay for twice.

 
3334 05/01/2009 at 12:15:22 PM Self     President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to CREATE AND DESTROY human embryos. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. I OPPOSE THE OVERTURNING OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S POLICY. Please stop Obama's policy change before it is too late for these tiny human lives.

 
3335 05/01/2009 at 12:15:26 PM Self     Federal Register: April 23, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 77)] [Notices] [Page 18578-18580] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr23ap09-42]

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

National Institutes of Health

Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice

SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requesting public comment on draft guidelines entitled ``National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research'' (Guidelines). The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH- funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. Internal NIH procedures, consistent with Executive Order 13505 and these Guidelines, will govern the conduct of intramural NIH research involving human stem cells. These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Specifically, these Guidelines describe the conditions and informed consent procedures that would have been required during the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research using these cells to be funded by the NIH. NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed under these Guidelines. NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110-161, 3/11/ 09), otherwise known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. According to these Guidelines, there are some uses of human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells that, although those cells may come from allowable sources, are nevertheless ineligible for NIH funding. For questions regarding ongoing NIH-funded research involving human embryonic stem cells, as well as pending applications and those submitted prior to the issuance of Final Guidelines, see the NIH Guide http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-085.html.

DATES: Written comments must be received by NIH on or before May 26, 2009.

ADDRESSES: The NIH welcomes public comment on the draft Guidelines set forth below. Comments may be entered at: http://nihoerextra.nih.gov/ stem_cells/add.htm. Comments may also be mailed to: NIH Stem Cell Guidelines, MSC 7997, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892- 7997. Comments will be made publicly available, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information they contain.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 9, 2009, President Barack H. Obama issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. The Executive Order states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law. The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH- funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. Internal NIH procedures, consistent with Executive Order 13505 and these Guidelines, will govern the conduct of intramural NIH research involving human stem cells. Long-standing Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR part 46, establish safeguards for individuals who are the sources of many human tissues used in research, including non-embryonic human adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells. When research involving human adult stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells constitutes human subject research, Institutional Review Board review may be required and informed consent may need to be obtained per the requirements detailed in 45 CFR part 46. Applicants should consult http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/ humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm. As described in these draft Guidelines, human embryonic stem cells are cells that are derived from human embryos, are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos. Studies of human embryonic stem cells may yield information about the complex events that occur during human development. Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to abnormal cell division and differentiation. A better understanding of the genetic and molecular controls of these processes could provide information about how such diseases arise and suggest new strategies for therapy. Human embryonic stem cells may also be used to test new drugs. For example, new medications could be tested for safety on differentiated somatic cells generated from human embryonic stem cells. Perhaps the most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies. Today, donated tissues and organs are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply. Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

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NIH currently funds ongoing research involving human embryonic stem cells as detailed under prior Presidential policy. Under that policy, Federal funds have been used for research on human embryonic stem cells where the derivation process was initiated prior to 9 p.m. EDT August 9, 2001, the embryo was created for reproductive purposes, the embryo was no longer needed for these purposes, informed consent was obtained for the donation of the embryo, and no financial inducements were provided for donation of the embryo. These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using only those human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Specifically, these Guidelines describe the conditions and informed consent procedures that would have been required during the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research using these cells to be funded by the NIH. NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed under these Guidelines. Please note that, for NIH funded research using the permitted human embryonic stem cells, the requirements of the Department's protection of human subjects regulations, 45 CFR part 46, may or may not apply, depending on the nature of the research. For further information, see Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Germ Cells and Cell Derived Test Articles: OHRP Guidance for Investigators and Institutional Review Boards. NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110-161, 3/11/ 09), otherwise known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. According to these Guidelines, there are some uses of human embryonic stem cells that, although those cells may come from allowable sources, are nevertheless ineligible for NIH funding. In developing these draft Guidelines, the NIH consulted its Guidelines issued in 2000, as well as the thoughtful guidelines developed by other national and international committees of scientists, bioethicists, patient advocates, physicians and other stakeholders, including the U.S. National Academies, the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and others. As directed by Executive Order 13505, the NIH shall review and update these Guidelines periodically, as appropriate. The Draft Guidelines Follow:

National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research

I. Scope of Guidelines

These Guidelines describe the circumstances under which human embryonic stem cells are eligible for use in extramural NIH-funded research, and they also include a section on uses of human embryonic stem cells or human induced pluripotent stem cells that are ineligible for NIH funding. For the purpose of these Guidelines, ``human embryonic stem cells'' are cells that are derived from human embryos, are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos.

II. Guidelines for Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Use in Research

A. The Executive Order: Executive Order 13505, Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells, states that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), through the Director of the NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law. B. Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived from Human Embryos: Human embryonic stem cells may be used in research using NIH funds, if the cells were derived from human embryos that were created for reproductive purposes, were no longer needed for this purpose, were donated for research purposes, and for which documentation for all of the following can be assured: 1. All options pertaining to use of embryos no longer needed for reproductive purposes were explained to the potential donor(s). 2. No inducements were offered for the donation. 3. A policy was in place at the health care facility where the embryos were donated that neither consenting nor refusing to donate embryos for research would affect the quality of care provided to potential donor(s). 4. There was a clear separation between the prospective donor(s)'s decision to create human embryos for reproductive purposes and the prospective donor(s)'s decision to donate human embryos for research purposes. 5. At the time of donation, consent for that donation was obtained from the individual(s) who had sought reproductive services. That is, even if potential donor(s) had given prior indication of their intent to donate to research any embryos that remained after reproductive treatment, consent for the donation should have been given at the time of the donation. Donor(s) were informed that they retained the right to withdraw consent until the embryos were actually used for research. 6. Decisions related to the creation of human embryos for reproductive purposes were made free from the influence of researchers proposing to derive or utilize human embryonic stem cells in research. Whenever it was practicable, the attending physician responsible for reproductive clinical care and the researcher deriving and/or proposing to utilize human embryonic stem cells should not have been the same person. 7. Written informed consent was obtained from individual(s) who sought reproductive services and who elected to donate human embryos for research purposes. The following information, which is pertinent to making the decision of whether or not to donate human embryos for research purposes, was in the written consent form for donation and discussed with potential donor(s) in the informed consent process: a. A statement that donation of the embryos for research was voluntary; b. A statement that donor(s) understood alternative options pertaining to use of the embryos; c. A statement that the embryos would be used to derive human embryonic stem cells for research; d. Information about what would happen to the embryos in the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research; e. A statement that human embryonic stem cells derived from the embryos might be maintained for many years; f. A statement that the donation was made without any restriction or direction regarding the individual(s) who may receive medical benefit from the use of the stem cells; g. A statement that the research was not intended to provide direct medical benefit to the donor(s);

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h. A statement as to whether or not information that could identify the donor(s) would be retained prior to the derivation or the use of the human embryonic stem cells (relevant guidance from the DHHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) should be followed, as applicable; see OHRP's Guidance for Investigators and Institutional Review Boards Regarding Research Involving Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Germ Cells, and Stem Cell-Derived Test Articles and Guidance on Research Involving Coded Private Information or Biological Specimens, or successor guidances); and i. A statement that the results of research using the human embryonic stem cells may have commercial potential, and a statement that the donor(s) would not receive financial or any other benefits from any such commercial development. C. Prior to the use of NIH funds: Funding recipients must ensure that: (1) The human embryonic stem cells were derived consistent with sections II.A and B of these Guidelines; and (2) the grantee institution maintains appropriate documentation demonstrating such consistency in accordance with 45 CFR 74.53, which also details rights of access by NIH. The responsible grantee institutional official must provide assurances with respect to (1) and (2) when endorsing applications and progress reports submitted to NIH for projects that utilize these cells.

III. Research Using Human Embryonic Stem Cells and/or Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells That, Although the Cells May Come From Allowable Sources, Is Nevertheless Ineligible for NIH Funding

This section governs research using human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells, i.e., human cells that are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. There are some uses of these cells that, although they may come from allowable sources, are nevertheless ineligible for NIH funding, as follows: A. Research in which human embryonic stem cells (even if derived according to these Guidelines) or human induced pluripotent stem cells are introduced into non-human primate blastocysts. B. Research involving the breeding of animals where the introduction of human embryonic stem cells (even if derived according to these Guidelines) or human induced pluripotent stem cells may have contributed to the germ line.

IV. Other Non-Allowable Research

A. NIH funding of the derivation of stem cells from human embryos is prohibited by the annual appropriations ban on funding of human embryo research (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 110- 161, 3/11/09), otherwise known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. B. NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed under these Guidelines.

Dated: April 17, 2009. Raynard S. Kington, Acting Director, NIH. [FR Doc. E9-9313 Filed 4-22-09; 8:45 am]

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3336 05/01/2009 at 12:15:31 PM Self     Dear President Obama,

Thank you for your service to our country. I trust you'll do your best for us all.

I need to let you know that I do not want my tax dollars going to fund embryonic stem cell research. I am aware that over 70 diseases are treatable from adult stem research to date, while 0 diseases have been helped from 25 years of researh on embryonic sem cells.

It goes against common sense and more importantly, my conscience, to pay taxes for embryonic stell cell research. Especially since it has bourne no fruit in 25 years, while adult stem cell research is already treating 70 or more diseases. Even MS (multiple sclerosis) is benefiting from adult stem cell research, showing great promise.

Please reconsider what you are asking me to do and my fellow countryment. It is not right.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

*****, School Psychologist

 
3337 05/01/2009 at 12:15:36 PM Self     My wife and I ask you to oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. There are several other effective ways to do research with out the moral implication of using human embryonic stem cells.

Thank you.

 
3338 05/01/2009 at 12:15:42 PM Self     Dear Sirs:

Please do not continue with your research, which has had no beneficial outcomes in 25 years of research. There is no need to kill unborn children when there is proof beyond doubt of another way to cure and lessen diseases. i.e. Adult stem cells. The killing of embryos is an offense against the Laws of God. Our country was founded on the belief in God and we should not be forced to use our tax dollars to pay for research that is offensive and evil in the sight of many Americans and in the sight of God.

These unused embryos are children waiting to be born and given a home with a mother and a father. They should be allowed to be adopted and given the right they deserve to live a full and active life, like the ones your parents allowed you to have. Think what would have happened if your parents had chosen to use you for embryonic stem cell research. You would not be here trying to get permission to murder these unborn children.

I do not want my tax dollars to pay for murder on the unborn or for research that is proven faulty. STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!

Please do not use the embryos for research any more.

Thank you for your time.

 
3339 05/01/2009 at 12:15:45 PM Self     Yesterday, the Head of the San Diego branch of the ADA reported that 1 in 10 Americans now have been diagnosed as Diabetic. According the the latest US Census figures, that number is roughly 33 million people.

This important research has not only shown in early clinical results that Stem Cell Research is critical, but has also produced favorable results in Clinical Research.

File Link (.txt)
Links to the Global Diabetic Awareness effort
3340 05/01/2009 at 12:15:45 PM Self     There have been no disease cures with embryo stem cells. HOWEVER, adult stem cells have had cures. DO NOT use my tax $ for embryonic stem cell research/cures.

 
3341 05/01/2009 at 12:15:54 PM Self     Adult stem cells have provided many more advances than embryonic stem cell research and therefore our efforts should be directed there. It is also immoral to destroy human life.

 
3342 05/01/2009 at 12:16:01 PM Self     I oppose the use of our tax dollars for the research outlined in this notice

 
3343 05/01/2009 at 12:16:09 PM Self     I am against the executive order by President Obama that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I strongly feel this act is murder.

 
3344 05/01/2009 at 12:16:21 PM Self     I oppose my tax dollars going to fund embryonic cell research as adult stem cells have proven very useful in fighting diseases. Every embryo is a life that should be allowed to grow to vaibility.

Every effort to preserve life should be taken especially when there are other options that are proving more useful and are further along the research process.

 
3345 05/01/2009 at 12:16:23 PM Self     I Oppose the Obama Embryonic Stem Cell Regulations. What these guidelines do is send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Please don't let this happen. Thank you.

 
3346 05/01/2009 at 12:16:25 PM Self     We are totally opposed to embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells have already proven effective. Please avoid the use of embryos.

 
3347 05/01/2009 at 12:16:37 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3348 05/01/2009 at 12:16:39 PM Self     I oppose any and all use of federal funds on research that would destroy human life, including research on embryonic stem cells. Part of the money that would be spent comes from my pocket, and I don't want my money spent on killing innocent human life. Thank you.

 
3349 05/01/2009 at 12:16:46 PM Self     I oppose the taking of human life at any stage for experimental/research purposes. I oppose my tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. It has been proven that ADULT STEM CELLS WORK AS GOOD OR BETTER than embyo stem cells. The NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines should promote the adoption of the human embryos instead of requiring their death. The subject of human embryo stem cell research/experimentation is another attempt to "justify" abortions.

 
3350 05/01/2009 at 12:17:01 PM Self     From my understanding these guidelines send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I would prefer the adoption of these human embryos rather than requiring their death. Our son is adopted and I am sure there are other childless families that would welcome a child into their family. Please do your stem cell work with adult stem cells which I understand have the regenerative qualities that you can use just as well.

 
3351 05/01/2009 at 12:17:17 PM Self     I can hardly believe that I live in a country where the incentive to create/harvest and destroy human cells even exists. I am in strong opposition of this movement. We have too many other priorities to spend our funds on, including the other options we have available for stem cell research.

 
3352 05/01/2009 at 12:17:23 PM Self     We are writing to oppose using federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. We are opposed to experimentation on stem cells taken from human embryos which are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

 
3353 05/01/2009 at 12:17:25 PM Self     An embryo is the seed of a human being. A fertilized embryo is a seed that has been planted, and is starting to grow. If a human being is starting to grow, why is our business to interfere with that? The government has no business investing it's research dollars in this controversial business. Science has already provent that non-controversial, and perfectly ethical adult stem cell research is very effective at finding new cures. It is a travesty that our govenment would even think of funding such a controversial issue, and a taxpayer of the United States, I am outraged that I am being forced to pay for the destruction of developing lives. There is no Constitutional provision that gives the federal govenment the authority to use taaxpayer's moneies for this purpose. But there is a consitutional requirement to uphold an equal protection of rights to the citizens of the United States, a provision that was ratified at a time when an unborn baby was believed to be a human being from conception, and abortion of any kind was a crime. Until that provision is overturned by Congress in a Constitutional amendment, the government has no authority kill any unborn human being without due process of law. And since there is a question of whether the embryo is a human being or not, the federal government shouls err on the side of caution in its spending, and not risk the horrible consequences of being wrong, an perpetrating mass murder with its research dollars. If the proposition that they are not living huiman beings incorrect, the blood of all of them is on the head of the American taxpayers, which is a horrible destruction of my conscience, and the conscience of millions of Americans. Until some kind of taxpayer opt out is offered, this funding is causing millions of Americans to violate their conscience, which is totally unconstitutional. In addition, with adult stem cells readily available for the same kinds of research, there is no reason to give funding to embryonic stem cell research, which is not morally acceptable to over half of America.

 
3354 05/01/2009 at 12:17:26 PM Self     NIH funding, for adult stem cell research and use, is OK. This should be continued because it does not kill human beings.

NIH must not support research for or the use of embryonic stem cells of any kind. The United States of America's continued success & existence depends on the principles and rules embodied in our founding documents--The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Thank you.

 
3355 05/01/2009 at 12:17:34 PM Self     Please do not use embryonic stem cells for research. Much good is coming from the use of adult stem cells, and none so far from the embryonic cells, so it is not necessary to destroy these embryos.

 
3356 05/01/2009 at 12:17:42 PM Self Retrided physician   Dear Sir/Madam.. Embrionic stem cell does not necessarily add resources in the struggle against Alzheimer's Parkinson, and Cancer of different type. I am afraid that in this "slippering slope" against early human life may end up joining forces with eugenics.. eventually assisted suicide, / and or/ euthanasia of diffent forms. A veritable concoction of well intentioned efforts (i/e organ transplant) vs. poorly, multi-objectives efforts could go head to head against the initial beneficient purpose... Kindly carefully keep im mind that previous researches ended up with atomic bomb and the like. A strong element of ETHICS and RESEARCH control and supervission, will be essential to avoid further disaster in the name of Science... In its name we could wind up with some "loose cannons".. With best wishes

 
3357 05/01/2009 at 12:18:01 PM Self     I am writing to oppose the use of federal funds to allow embryo stem cells to be used. It is been shown over and over that the use of these stem cells produces tumors and does not provide the success experienced with the use of adult stem cells. In addition, since "These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose", I oppose them because these embryos are, in most cases, viable individuals. They can be and have been adopted by couples who may be infertile. In addition, these embryos are alive and deserve the right to live.

 
3358 05/01/2009 at 12:18:02 PM Self     You are absolutely NOT welcome to use MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

If you were non-biased and thorough in your research, you would admit that the embryonic stem cells have NEVER helped to heal anyone yet. On the other hand the non-embryonic stem cells have a verifiable history of success.

Just remember this, to end the life of an embryo is nothing less than the murder of an innocent human life and you WILL have to answer to the Lord for it someday. I would hate to be in your shoes on that day, or for the rest of eternity as you burn in a lake of fire but are never allowed to die...

Your choice.

 
3359 05/01/2009 at 12:18:10 PM Self     Please do not use federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. Please only fund adult stem cell research.

 
3360 05/01/2009 at 12:18:15 PM Self     I am concerned that my taxes are going to fund what I consider unethical stem cell research. I do not believe I should have to be forced to pay for this. We should leave it to the private sector to deal with the ethics and the science. If Government wants to regulate it so be it but don't force Americans to fund it. If my taxes are going to ethical adult stem cell research not creating clones or something in ethical question then fine. Bush in remaining ethical has encourage great advance in this field that seems to be winning the day. To Godly ethics and God be the glory!!!

 
3361 05/01/2009 at 12:18:17 PM Self     In my view, it is not necessary to perform any embryonic stem cell research due to the availability of other research options that have proven promising including but not limited to umbilical cord blood, adult stem cells, and other options that do not compromise the sanctity of life that is present at the moment of conception. Look at the major breakthroughs in adult stem cells and in umbilical cord blood stem cells in the past few years. Do we really want to open this Pandora's box? If we do, there will be no putting Pandora back in the box. I vehemently object to my tax dollars being used to support unethical, immoral, unnecessary research that compromises the sanctity of life. To enact these guidelines will result in human cloning within the next two years. Is that really the purpose of science, to "play God" and to create human life? If we move that direction, we will regret it. We will reap what we sow. If science proceeds unencumbered by any ethical parameters or guidelines that respect the sanctity of life from the moment of conception to natural death, there will be no stopping it. I support the compromise that President G.W. Bush had in place for the existing stem cell lines and no others!

 
3362 05/01/2009 at 12:18:37 PM Self     Quit murdering unborn children under the guise of science. Quit spending my tax money on things I don't approve of and consciously object to.

 
3363 05/01/2009 at 12:18:54 PM Self     Don't spend my tax monies on embryonic stem cell research. Place it on proven methods, using adult stem cells.

 
3364 05/01/2009 at 12:19:20 PM Self     Please do not adopt these regulations as written. They will only fund kiliing more human embryos. This is not necessary as the adult stem cells are beginning to provide cures for many diseases. Embryonic stem cells only grow wildly and cause cancer and other growths!

 
3365 05/01/2009 at 12:19:40 PM Self     Embryotic stem cell is a moral crime.

 
3366 05/01/2009 at 12:19:48 PM Self     Everything that happens has a ripple effect; stem cell research has an effect far beyond research benefits. A human is being sacrificed at any stage of it's 9 month development period to accommodate someone else! Or is money the root of it all? Remember we are all accountable in the eyes of God so make your decision on What is right is HIS eyes and not the immediate pressure. God give you wisdom

 
3367 05/01/2009 at 12:19:48 PM Self     Please, please, please do not kill the innocent unborn!!!!

 
3368 05/01/2009 at 12:19:49 PM Self     Please direct the funds for stem cell research to adult stem cells instead of to embryo stem cells. There are over 75 proven medical uses of adult stem cells that work well. Adult stem cells do not mess up and become tumors as the embryo ones do.To date there is not one medical use of embryo stem cells. I realize that adult stem cells are not a huge money maker.I suspect that money tends to drive what medical approaches are approved. An embryo is not just a tiny bunch of cells but is a human being.Eugenics is experimenting gone wrong.Some of the experiments done in the past are horrible and should not be allowed in the scientific community. Please do not experiment with the future in such a manner.

 
3369 05/01/2009 at 12:20:10 PM Self     I would like to see the restrictions on stem cell work placed by President Bush to stay in place. Rather, I would like for the Obama administration to explore the recent work on creating stem cells from living individuals themselves. This seems more promising and would not encourage sacrifice and experimentation on embryos, which are living children in that stage of development.

 
3370 05/01/2009 at 12:20:17 PM Self     I'm sorry but I just can't think of specifically growing a human being just to take it's stem cells to fix someone's heart, etc. (which may not even show successful, ie. not possible after all). Stem cells taken from adults show more promise with over 70+ cures so far. That makes more sense from God, that we can help each other but not kill each other. For those that don't understand life and death, right and wrong. Why would I go steal an engine from a Ferrari, to see if it would work in a used Hyundai? Semper Fi.

 
3371 05/01/2009 at 12:20:17 PM Self     Stem cell research can be accomplished without the destruction of human life. I urge you to pursue a course utilizing adult stem cells.

 
3372 05/01/2009 at 12:20:32 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

This is flat out wrong!!!!

 
3373 05/01/2009 at 12:20:50 PM Self     Please do not widen the use of human stem cell research. In the period of time that this has not been widely available there has been much progress using adult stem cells. This testing is much better and has truly been successful for needed treatments.

 
3374 05/01/2009 at 12:20:54 PM Self     We are asking that embroyonic stem cell research be not pursused. As it has been Adult stem cell research is more affective and there is no moral delimea.

You are accountable for all of your actions on earth. Remember it is not we who judge you but God on your final day. Be an honorable man to him. We will continue to pray for you during your time in office.

Sincerely, *****

Regarding:

The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH- funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. Internal NIH procedures, consistent with Executive Order 13505 and these Guidelines, will govern the conduct of intramural NIH research involving human stem cells. These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Specifically, these Guidelines describe the conditions and informed consent procedures that would have been required during the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research using these cells to be funded by the NIH. NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed under these Guidelines.

 
3375 05/01/2009 at 12:21:03 PM Self     I strongly oppose using MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. It is inexplicable that our government would take human life under the guise of formulating a cure for human diseases. The NIH understands all too well that research breakthroughs using adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cords have proven to be extremely effective on treatment for diseases. Surely the government is motivated by another agenda than preserving human life and curing horrifying diseases. Your very act of destroying blastocysts in the process of helping people is in direct contention and violation of your falsely proclaimed motivation to preserve life. These same embryos can and have been adopted by many American families and are now living and breathing children as they were always meant and intended to be. This is the true preservation of life. Medical advancement is imperative but never unethically and this goes against the core and foundation of your medical oath and code of ethics to uphold life. The dire consequences that await our nation under the ideology that we must kill human embryos to help save people is immeasurable.

 
3376 05/01/2009 at 12:21:10 PM Self     STOP CREATING AND DESTROYING HUMAN EMBRYOS!! No significant scientific breakthroughs have resulted from this type of research. More progress has been made using adult stem cells while decent human morality is upheld. The Creator of Life is not going to allow for success when science is destroying the very life that God created. You are not THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CREATION!! From this president you will continue to get funding, but that is $ without decent, moral decision making. Follow your conscience which was given to man to keep his judgment sound. Do the right thing!!

 
3377 05/01/2009 at 12:21:17 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research should not be allowed or funded. There have been impressive successes made in research using adult cells, which do not require the loss of a life. The results with adult stem cells are also better for the patient, as the DNA being used in their treatment is their own and does not cause rejection issues. Funding should be put towards research that has yielded actual results, rather than towards morally and scientifically questionable science.

 
3378 05/01/2009 at 12:21:29 PM Self     Please honor the sanctity of human life by not funding embryonic stem cell research. Such research is unethical and has failed to produce any promising results. Instead, please channel funding into adult stem cell research, which is showing much promise in the treatment of many diseases. To further pour funding into an unethical and unnecessary practice is an irresponsible use of taxpayer money.

 
3379 05/01/2009 at 12:21:32 PM Self     In these days of microsurgery, nanotechnology, tool miniaturization, molecule identification and chemical manipulation, to use human embryonic stem cells is psychopathic if a human DNA creature looses its destiny. Such is nothing more than a contemporary form of cannibalism. The delusions of "helping others" by the invisible murder of another human DNA creature must be replaced by non-embryonic stem cell research.

 
3380 05/01/2009 at 12:21:35 PM Self     Adult stem cells are improving the health and well being of people with various illnesses. That is a fact. There is no proof of embryonic stem cells proven to be helpful. In fact, those studies have proven to be filled with more dificulties such as tumors and other maladies. DO NOT DESTROY HUMAN EMBRYOS. Please use the guidelines put in place by Pres. Bush.

Our God is Large and In Charge!

 
3381 05/01/2009 at 12:21:55 PM Self     THere is no logical, moral or ethical basis for funding any further research with embryonic stems cells since adult stem cells are already being used to successfully treat 70 diseases while ESCs have not been developed to treat any. There are also no moral or ethical considerations with adult stem cells as there are with EScs. I and millions of others believe it is wrong to kill human embryos. It amazes me that so called intelligent people would continue to promote experimentation with ESCs, which have produced nothing, when ASCs are producing phenomenol healing...unless of course, they have a hiddem agenda.

 
3382 05/01/2009 at 12:22:01 PM Self     More research needs to be done using umbilical cord cells and adult stem cells. This is just a cover up to win the political battle over killing our unborn. Why babies? The research in adult stem cells still is vastly unexplored, and appears more encouraging. Why kill babies when there is no end to what we need to learn?? I have MS. Yet I can't even get experimental treatment using my OWN stem cells. So I am not given a chance for treatment that might get me but you will not blink once to kill an embryo that could be adopted.

 
3383 05/01/2009 at 12:22:03 PM Self     I don't understand why we have to fund ESCR when it has been documented that Adult Stem Cell Research is providing more benefits and does not require the killing of embryos.

 
3384 05/01/2009 at 12:22:12 PM Self     I do not support the use of federal tax dollars being used to fund embryonic stem cell research.

 
3385 05/01/2009 at 12:22:20 PM Self     I DO NOT support the use of "left-over" embryos for stem-cell research. These are viable children. There are many people in the world willing to adopt these children. Please do not KILL them knowing there are families that desire them.

Additionally, it is my understanding that NO diseases have been cured due to the use of these stem cells but there ARE many instances where adult stem cells were successful. Why would we want to continue to use something that KILLS a child when another more successful option is available?

 
3386 05/01/2009 at 12:22:22 PM Self     I urge all those concerned to not allow the killing of human embryos for whatever reason, including for stem cell reseach.

 
3387 05/01/2009 at 12:22:36 PM Self     I strongly oppose using MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos. It is inexplicable that our government would take human life under the guise of formulating a cure for human diseases. The NIH understands all too well that research breakthroughs using adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cords have proven to be extremely effective on treatment for diseases. Surely the government is motivated by another agenda than preserving human life and curing horrifying diseases. Your very act of destroying blastocysts in the process of helping people is in direct contention and violation of your falsely proclaimed motivation to preserve life. These same embryos can and have been adopted by many American families and are now living and breathing children as they were always meant and intended to be. This is the true preservation of life. Medical advancement is imperative but never unethically and this goes against the core and foundation of your medical oath and code of ethics to uphold life. The dire consequences that await our nation under the ideology that we must kill human embryos to help save people is immeasurable.

 
3388 05/01/2009 at 12:22:41 PM Self     I vehemently oppose the use of federal money for embryonic stem cell research! Additionally, I oppose this heinous abuse of human embryos!

 
3389 05/01/2009 at 12:22:48 PM Self     To the Members and Associates of The National Institutes of Health:

Despite national arguments and high profile, liberal support for the use of human embryonic stem cells; medical science and current research has failed to offer any concrete, moral or credible scientific evidence that the use of embryonic stem cells resulted in a single cure or betterment of any known disease or medical condition. The only credible and moral evidence presented by medical science and research very strongly documents that only adult stem cells have been clinically shown to have remarkable and measurable beneficial results on known disease and medical conditions.

Please limit scientific research to adult stem cells and the lines of embryonic stems cells already designated for research. Please do not expand the use of embryonic stem cells for any reason or purpose.

As a voter, I will cast my vote for candidates who believe as I do. I will throw my financial support to candidates and businesses which champion family values, morals and ethics.

 
3390 05/01/2009 at 12:22:50 PM Self     I oppose federally funded embryonic stem cell research, which has yet to yield any viable medical advances, treatements, cures, etc.

 
3391 05/01/2009 at 12:23:17 PM Self     I would like to use stem cells only from adults (SELF) or from natural death (NOT ABORTION) infants.

Please do not kill babies for their stem cells...

 
3392 05/01/2009 at 12:23:23 PM Self     I am opposed to the US Government's use of tax dollars for the funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
3393 05/01/2009 at 12:23:25 PM Self     I am opposed to the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). Such funding creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want my tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. A wiser and more moral use of my tax dollars would be for the promotion of the adoption of these human embryos.

 
3394 05/01/2009 at 12:23:33 PM Self     I oppose stem cell research because it require the killing of human life, and because adult stem cells yeild far better results.

 
3395 05/01/2009 at 12:23:38 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

 
3396 05/01/2009 at 12:23:51 PM Self     Adult stem cell research has made tremendous strides in accomplishing techniques and treatment for several diseases and is very promising on many more health fronts as well. Embryonic stem cell research has yet to provide any kind of substantive treatment, while the killing of a human life in the hopes of producing some kind of aplicable results is against our Constitution. We need to protect all LIFE. I'm totally and unequivocably against embryonic stem cell research and hope that millions of lives will continue to have a chance to "change our world for good."

 
3397 05/01/2009 at 12:24:05 PM Self     I am opposed to using tax payor money in order to fund embryonic stem cell research. The research is clear that adult stem cell therapy has been extremely successful in fighting a wide range of diseases and injuries. It is beyond me why we need to pursue the use of embryos when science has had so much success with adult stem cells. You are now drafting guidelines that will involve research on embryos. This is the wrong approach, both ethically and from a research standpoint, based on the facts. Why do you and President Obama pursue such a course when it is morally repugnant to so many people? You refuse to listen to the voice of the majority on this issue. I am asking you to redirect your efforts toward the successful use of adult stem cell research and avoid any further experimentation on embryos.

 



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