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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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3498 05/01/2009 at 12:42:17 PM Self     I strongly oppose any federal funds to conduct research using human embryonic stem cells.

 
3499 05/01/2009 at 12:42:20 PM Self     I oppose any increase in the availability of embryonic stem cells for research purposes. Human embryos should be just as protected as any other stage of human life. Expanding the availability of embryonic stem cells beyond the lines already established would definitely put human embryos at risk of being created and destroyed simply for the harvesting of stem cells. This travesty must be avoided at all costs. Please do not do anything to make more embryonic stem cells available for research.

 
3500 05/01/2009 at 12:43:06 PM Self     I have not seen any advancements from using embryonic stem cells. Allowing funding for such will only result in taking money away from the research that shows results, thus, slowing/preventing steps forward in finding cures for so many diseases. But worse yet is the fact that children will not have a chance at life. We have become such a disposable society that life has become worthless. Big names and big money has become our controlling factors. We have stem cells available from so many other sources. Please save our children.

 
3501 05/01/2009 at 12:43:18 PM Self     "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." INCREDIBLE!!!!! What a bunch of double-talk! A HUMAN EMBRYO is just that...HUMAN. The HUMAN EMBRYO was formed when a female egg combined with a male sperm and BECAME a HUMAN EMBRYO. THIS is LIFE at it's very beginning...HUMAN life. "The EMBRYO was created for reproductive purposes....(but) was no longer needed for these purposes...." CREATED but no longer needed!!!!?????? So, if we don't NEED these living beings, we can dissect, desecrate, tear apart and then throw away what is left??????? "NIH funding for research using HUMAN (there's that word, again) 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." NOT YET ALLOWED implies that, in the future (if we even have a future), the above named WILL be allowed? Exactly what does it matter as to WHY these HUMAN EMBRYOS were CREATED (created by WHOM?)The end result is the same...DEATH to the LIVING HUMAN EMBRYO. "The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009....and to ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy and conducted in accordance with applicable law." There is NOTHING ETHICAL or WORTHY about the taking of new LIFE. As surely the NIH must know, contained in every embryo at conception, for whatever reason, is all that is needed to develop, mature and complete a unique, one-of-a-kind HUMAN being...IF allowed to be born! The HUMAN EMBRYO belongs only to the CREATOR and is not the property of either parent or the government. I say a LOUD, RESOUNDING NO to the use of HUMAN EMBRYONIC stem cells for research and experimentation! AND, NO, the federal funding of same. This is a CRIME against HUMAN rights for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and, is in fact, MURDER of a living HUMAN in the earliest stages of development. SHAME be on you and us, NIH and AMERICA, if we allow this to proceed.

 
3502 05/01/2009 at 12:43:20 PM Self     As a US citizen, I am opposed to the use of Federal money for embryonic stem cell research. As there has been no positive results from embryonic stem cell research and there have be over 70 positive results from the use of adult stem cell research, I would rather see money put into adult stem cell research. Don't use my tax money to kill, but to save lives through adult stem cells.

 
3503 05/01/2009 at 12:43:24 PM Self     I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research for any reason. There has been outstanding progress in adult stem cell research and it is a misuse of money and not needed. I would ask that you fund adult stem cell research instead. It is a moral and logical choice.

 
3504 05/01/2009 at 12:43:24 PM Self     ESCR will create an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. These guidelines will 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. As committed individuals to the sanctity of life, we recommend that these guidelines not be adopted.

 
3505 05/01/2009 at 12:43:26 PM Self     Our representative form of government, is intended, designed and required to protect the rights, endowed by the Creator, upon each and every human life, over the will of the majority. For our government to participate in the taking (harvesting) of one human life, for the benefit of another (and worse yet: the commercialization of that human life, as corporate property), is government participation in trafficing in human beings. For our government to assume the right to determine when a human being "becomes" a human being, is no different from determining which human beings can be made to be slaves to others. Please, always chose to err on the side of protection of human life and rights. Thank You.

 
3506 05/01/2009 at 12:43:28 PM Self     Hello, I know that there is more success with adult stem cell research and/or umbilical cord blood cells that there is no necessity in using aborted fetuses for that purpose. There are those of us that believe a fetus has a soul with no say so in what is done to it, and we must protect that fetus from experimentation. Please do not vote for the NIH HUman Stem Embryonic Research... Thank you,

 
3507 05/01/2009 at 12:43:30 PM Self     Please do not open federal funding for experimentation on human embryo stem cells. There has been no success with embryonic stem cells in curing diseases and yet many with adult stem cells, including those from (newborn) cord blood - why not direct funding there? Furthermore, experimentation on embryonic stem cells requires to destruction of fertilized human eggs which are, by definition, human life.

Thank you for your consideration.

 
3508 05/01/2009 at 12:43:35 PM Self     Having worked in clinical research for many years, as well as having written adult stem cell research protocols, I find President Obama's administration to be highly un-enlightened about the value of embryonic stem cell research. I am concerned with the politics behind this agenda, which does not value ethical principals of Good Clinical Practice as established by the FDA-GCP and GCH consolidated guidelines. The practice of obtaining embryonic stem cells does not value the life of the donor, nor does this process abide by the concept of 'Doing no Harm". There have been little to no studies with these lines on animals, and this is in direct contradiction to the standards of Good Clinical Practice as it relates to performing research on human subjects. Therefore, I do not support using my tax dollars to fund such ethically unsound and meritless research.

Regards,

 
3509 05/01/2009 at 12:43:50 PM Self     I do not support ESCR.

 
3510 05/01/2009 at 12:44:07 PM Self     "Your Guidelines"...... 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. *************************************************************** 1) THE TRUTH IS THAT EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS COME FROM EMBRYOS, a.k.a HUMAN LIFE. YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE THESE CHILDREN AS INVOLUNTARY MARTYRS FOR YOUR "SCIENTIFIC" CAUSE.

2) THIS "RESEARCH" HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 25 YEARS AND HAS NOT PRODUCED ANY BENEFITS, NOT ONE SUCCESS STORY-----HOWEVER, ADULT STEM CELLS ON THE OTHER HAND HAVE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN HUNDREDS OF TREATMENTS. SO WHAT IS THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE UNSUCCESSFUL "SCIENTIFIC" SLAUGHTER OF THOUSANDS OF UNBORN LIFE? WELL, IT'S OBVIOUS THAT CURING DISEASES IS NOT THE GOAL BECAUSE THE SOLUTION HAS ALREADY BEEN FOUND.

ADULT STEM CELLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
3511 05/01/2009 at 12:44:15 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.

 
3512 05/01/2009 at 12:44:29 PM Self     I am a breast cancer survivor and I understand about medical research. However, I do not believe in Embryonic Stem Cell harvesting for research purposes. This method kills the unborn child which is totally immoral, unethical, and not Biblical. I do support umbilical cord and placenta stem cells to be used for research after the birth of a child, where there is no harm to the infant. I also support adult stem cell research. Please don't let any tax dollars fund the Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Please only consider the afore mentioned rearch that does not harm an unborn child.

 
3513 05/01/2009 at 12:44:55 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.

 
3514 05/01/2009 at 12:45:02 PM Self     The use of aborted human fetuses is unethical. It is murder to look for cures. I am asking that this be struck down as the murderous folly that it is. Adult stem cells have produced amazing positive results and fetal cells no results save that of making matters worse. (i.e. Parkinsons patients, New York study made worse and uncontrollably so).

Please vow to fight for life, so precious in these times.

 
3515 05/01/2009 at 12:45:15 PM Self     Please oppose the embryonic stem cell research. Look at the evidence.... for 25 years it has NOT helped cure anything! Adult stem cell research has helped cure numerous diseases and has a positive outlook for being useful for other diseases. Let's put our time and money towards something that has proven successful for many diseases and has the potential for many more!

 
3516 05/01/2009 at 12:45:42 PM Self     Given the fact that the research using adult stem cells is far more promising than embryonic stem cell research, IF the government is going to invest tax dollars they should be spent on adult stem cell research. In NO circumstances is it acceptable for government to support or mandate the destruction of one life for the benefit of another. Embryonic stem stem research is as immoral as the experiments of the Nazis in WWII. These guidelines are nothing short of barbaric. Any unwanted embryos should be put up for adoption as they are living beings with the right to live.

 
3517 05/01/2009 at 12:45:44 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

 
3518 05/01/2009 at 12:46:09 PM Self     The zygote is the beginning of a human life --

each and every human life, including your own.

One moment before fertilization, it was not a

human life. Ever after, until death, the human

life exists. With these basic facts that no one

can refute -- and within an ethical context of

doing no harm, the location of the embryo or

how an embryo comes into being are not

considerations for the treatment of the embryo. We are all developing. If I am missing a part,

a system, or am at a different biological age -

I am still human. All humans, all men are

created equal. All have inalienable rights.

IVF has devalued, commodified, and denigrated the

dignity of humanity by describing and acting

upon the newly conceived, -- as merely cells,

without a soul. Now, this policy of furthering

research will encourage "harvesting of

beginning human lives" a gentle way of saying

" kill and experiment on human lives."

The end does not justify the means.

We have Adult stem cell research that has shown

great promise without harm, without killing

human lives.

It is clear that with the embryonic stem cell

there is undifferentiation that has caused

cancer in animals.

Severe Risk -- Little Benefit -- WHERE IS THE

COMMON SENSE?

WHY KILL HUMAN LIVES For PROFIT, GREED,

PRESTIGE, POWER -- For Drug Money? For

Corporate patents? For Fewer Wrinkles?

Think, dear scientists, think. You know in your

hearts it is wrong.

Spend our money on real issues that will not

harm whole populations.

Don't use our dollars as thirty pieces of silver

to fund a graveyard of innocence, a sacrifice to

the fountain of death...

 
3519 05/01/2009 at 12:46:17 PM Self     With all due respect, I wish to voice my opposition to the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. With the knowledge that there has been no significant progress of disease treatment or cure with the present batch of embryonic cells available, and the recogonition that adult stem cell research has been successful in treating over seventy diseases, I believe that you have an ethical obligation to cease the destruction of live embryonic stem cells.

 
3520 05/01/2009 at 12:46:17 PM Self     I oppose the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. As a taxpayer, I do not want my tax dollars paying for dehumanizing experimentation. The issues of viability, legal person hood, respect for the weakest members of society, and desensitizing our nation's minds to the wholesale harvesting of humans at any stage of life, impel me to urge that no federal funding be allowed.

Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully,

*****, M.D.

 
3521 05/01/2009 at 12:46:30 PM Self     To look for sources of life to kill in a quest to fight disease when other MORE SUCCESSFUL sources are available is not acceptable. Adult stem cells have already proven to be successful where as the opposite is true of embryotic stem cells. Why then? The agenda of population control and the promotion of the "usefulness" of arbitrary killing is transparent. The life found in plants and trees is treated with more respect than human life. Using our tax dollars to do this against the will of the people is abuse of power.

 
3522 05/01/2009 at 12:46:39 PM Self     We strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. If this is a viable research form, funding can easily come from the private sector as with most other research.

The complete failure of this research to do anything except grow fast growing tumors and destroy life should be enough reason. Let Planned Parenthood find another donor. The American Public and her offspring have already paid them enough!

 
3523 05/01/2009 at 12:46:48 PM Self     Hello,

I am writing to tell you I am opposed to research on human embryonic stem cells, privately or publicly funded. The use of these embryos destroys a human life. Please stop this type of research. Key word here is human. These cells are not from something inhuman, they are from a human being.

Sincerely,

 
3524 05/01/2009 at 12:46:48 PM Organization Attorney at Law, LTD   Please do not use federal funds, taxpayer monies to create and take life. God only is the author of life, and knowing that does not require a particular pay grade. But whether or not you agree, you should not be in position to force me to support such an offense to God. That leaves me with no freedom of religion.

 
3525 05/01/2009 at 12:47:00 PM Self     I wish to express my concern over stem cell research being funded with tax dollars. I am concerned that the agenda to further embryonic stem cell research instead of adult stem cell research continues to be promoted. I specifically am concerned that despite scientific research having shown this path not to be sucessful and the same results showing extraordinary results with adult stem cells- there is still the ppush to focus on embryonic sytem cell research Dr. Mehmet Oz told millions of viewers on Oprah, along with Michael J. Fox, that they have had amazing results in treating parkinsoin's disease with human adult skin cells. why not focus on what works? Why continue to promote something that doesn't?

Thank you,

 
3526 05/01/2009 at 12:47:11 PM Self     I do not wish to have my tax dollars to go to experimenting on human embryos. I believe with all of my heart that they are human, made in the image of God, and precious. We are selling our souls as a country when we experiment on embryos. My husband and I fully and completely oppose this and are asking you to stop this immoral experimenting. And please stop using taxpayer money to pay for this barbaric research. Thank you.

 
3527 05/01/2009 at 12:47:14 PM Self     Please do not draft guidelines nor fund efforts that would jeopardize or endanger human embryonic stem cells in any way.

 
3528 05/01/2009 at 12:47:31 PM       I am not in support of using tax money to fund stem cell research. This is better left to the private sector, if done at all..

 
3529 05/01/2009 at 12:47:34 PM Organization Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity 2200 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074 I understand that these regulations do not directly fund the destruction of human embryos. However, they create an incentive for others to do so, for which there is no ethically responsible argument. This document implicates the Federal Government in murder, and it does so with our taxes. This is entirely unnacceptable.

 
3530 05/01/2009 at 12:47:40 PM Self     I'm writing as a volunteer activist for Parkinson's Disease patients and a former newspaper editor. I am merely pleased with President Obama's executive order on stem cell researchthat, but would have been unquestionably thrilled were it not for the vagueness of some of the language.

For example, in in Section II B,presumably is meant 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. Why not allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created in accordance of 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.

We have already lost precious time in the essential search for progress in this vital field of human progress. Please don't finalize a set of guidelines that are hedging and vague. We have had eight years of darkness from Washington on stem cell research. Don't just give us partial sunshine.

 
3531 05/01/2009 at 12:48:07 PM Self     Embrionic stem cells have never been proven to cure one disease, yet adult stem cells and umbilical cord cells have cured over 70 diseases and ailments. Also, the President himself said that if adult stem cells were found to be more productive that there would be no reason to use embrionic stem cells. Therefore, adult stem cells and umbilical cord cells should be the ones that are taxpayer funded, not only for moral and ethical reasons, but also for actual effectiveness. Thank you!

 
3532 05/01/2009 at 12:49:24 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.

 
3533 05/01/2009 at 12:49:45 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. My wife was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease this past February and since then we have become very interested in all research which as the possibility to find a cure. 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.

 
3534 05/01/2009 at 12:50:11 PM Self     On behalf of my wife and 3 children, I want to express my opposition to using Federal funds for the research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3535 05/01/2009 at 12:50:16 PM       Pleas halt all tax funded stem cell research using human embryos. There is no clear evidence that embryo stem cell help or cure. They have been proven to mutate. These embryos could be put up for adoption. Tax money could be better invested in stem cell research from adults, these have prove to help and heal, they have not been proven to mutate or become uncontrolled multiping cells like stem cells.

 
3536 05/01/2009 at 12:50:51 PM Self     I have serious moral objections to embroyonic stemm cell research. When human life is not respected at every level, we are all endangered. However, the point I want to raise is that of cost effectiveness. Federal dollars would be much more effectively spent on non-embruonic stem-cell research which has a hugely greater success record and is extremely promising for the not too distant future. Embryonic stem cell research has been costly and produced little in the way of results. Please be responsible with our tax payer funds. thank you

 
3537 05/01/2009 at 12:50:59 PM Self     I want to urge you to not use federal funds for research using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have proven themselves far more effective, and eliminate the need to take an unborn life. Please choose to act for all lives, including the lives of the unborn.

 
3538 05/01/2009 at 12:51:04 PM Self     Using embryonic stem cells is unethical. We cannot create persons to be used for our gain. I am one of many who is apposed to this form of slavery. There is so much good work coming out of adult stem cell research.

 
3539 05/01/2009 at 12:51:25 PM Self     We oppose the Obama Embryonic Stem Cell Regulations

 
3540 05/01/2009 at 12:51:42 PM Self     President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy to protect human embryos and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. 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 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.

THIS IS WRONG AND IMMORAL. We, my family and I, believe the embryos are humans and deserve a chance at life. Please stop their destruction and further creation. The only place for embryos is in their mother's womb. Adult Stem cells can be used in research, it has been proven already!!

Thank you.

 
3541 05/01/2009 at 12:52:00 PM       I oppose the executive order issued on March 9, 2009 by President Obama. This opens a floodgate for funding more embryonic stem cell research. I creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do not desire my tax dollars spent in this manner.

 
3542 05/01/2009 at 12:52:16 PM Self     It is a PROVEN FACT that adult stem cells provide powerful results in treating patients with spinal column injuries, lupus, and many other diseases. Embryonic stem cell use is a deadend. Simple science dictates that embryonic stem cells have not be "assigned"--they go haywire in the hands of mere mortals. Please end stem cell research and stop funding the killing of human life. The end cannot and will not justify the means.

 
3543 05/01/2009 at 12:52:22 PM Self     I am opposed to ANY medical research that uses human embryos. Have scientists become so bereft of any moral fabric that they would even consider murdering a viable human embryo much less do it? My sadness over the state of our "science community" is overwhelming. It shows a complete moral degeneratation of our society.

 
3544 05/01/2009 at 12:52:30 PM Self     Your guidelines open the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. 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.

 
3545 05/01/2009 at 12:52:42 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of Federal Funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Please reconsider this.

 
3546 05/01/2009 at 12:52:48 PM Self     PLEASE STOP THIS UNPROVEN SCIENTIFICE EVENT. IT IS PROVEN THAT ADULT STEM CELLS WORK. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO USE THE EMBRYO'S USE WHAT WORKS THE ADULT STEM CELLS. IM NOT AGAINST STEM CELL RESEARCH BUT I AM AGAINST EMBRYO. USE THE ADULTS.

 
3547 05/01/2009 at 12:53:01 PM Self     Embryonic Stem cells mean a human is sacrificed for research. Even if our scientists are willing to kill a potential human being money which can be utilized wisely on adult type stem cells which have already proved their usefulness, is being wasted on embryonic cells which to date have been tried in private labs with no success. The lack of common sense today is sad and will be costly.

 
3548 05/01/2009 at 12:53:28 PM Self     I am writing to express my opposition of the use of federal funds to fund embryonic stem cell research. My first argument is from my conscience. I believe that embryonic stem cell research involves the destruction of human life and that it should be banned entirely. However, at this juncture, that is not the question being asked. If embryonic stem cell research is to take place, it should not be at the expense of taxpayers like me who disagree morally on the issue. The second thing I would like to say is that it is irresponsible scientifically to pour money into research that has thus far yielded no positive medical benefits. The use of so-called "adult stem cells" in research has yielded many positive results and there are many promising avenues being pursued. If the money has to go somewhere, it seems prudent to spend it where it will actually produce results.

Thank you for taking the time to read my comments and consider my opposition to taxpayer funded embryonic stem cell research.

 
3549 05/01/2009 at 12:53:37 PM Self     The goverment has no business using tax payers money for stem cell research, period. If some folks find it necessary, then it is up to them to provide the funds. The American public as a whole does not support such, and I abhor it.

 
3550 05/01/2009 at 12:53:42 PM Self     There has never been ANY positive results in Embyonic stem cell research but there has been numerous positive results using adult stem cells.

 
3551 05/01/2009 at 12:53:42 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use embryonic stem cells for research, as they are a form of human life. Adult stem cells have been more effective than embryonic stem cells.

 
3552 05/01/2009 at 12:53:44 PM Self     Please be advised that I am adamatly opposed to deaths of human beings in order to support embryonic stem cell research!! There is absolutely no reason for that to happen when there are so many people out there that want to adopt not to mention honoring one of God's greatest commandments, "THOU SHALL NOT KILL". COME ON, what's wrong with a lot of the people and our world today? There are so many red flags any more warning us of the wrong we are doing and it seems so many of us are just ignoring it all and just doing as we please. Any one with any brains at all knows that with out rules and norms to live by, all you have is chaos! I don't care what anybody says, that's the way it is and they all know it too. Please do the right thing for the good of the people, just like it says with the very wise words in the PREAMBLE, which not only makes sense, but has guided this country for all our lives!! Thank you!!

 
3553 05/01/2009 at 12:54:11 PM Self     I oppose the funding of federal funds (taxpayer dollars) for embryonic stem cell research. Science has proven no gains in embryonic stem cell research. To use frozen embryos and "leftover" embryos from invitro fertilization is unconscionable. Science has documented success in using adult skin cells and cord blood cells. Science and medicine would be better served in that area, than in the faulty and unethical area of embryonic stem cell research.

 
3554 05/01/2009 at 12:54:20 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to experimentation on any human embryo for any reason that results in the destruction and or mutilation of the embryo. I personally equate that if the embryo was emplanted it has every potential to develope into a productive human being, to If I continue receiving food and water I can continue to mature into a productive human being. Life for all of us is a journey. We all start out helpless and totally reliant on others and most of us slowly mature into productive human beings usually called plumbers, waitresses, police officers, and even politicians. I ask one question, who would you want to have the decision of life or death over you?

Sincerely,

 
3555 05/01/2009 at 12:54:32 PM Self     Please do not kill any more potential human beigns when other sources of stem cells have proven beneficial and just as good or better.

 
3556 05/01/2009 at 12:54:45 PM Organization     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. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. 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 am opposed to these guidelines.

 
3557 05/01/2009 at 12:54:57 PM Self     I would ask that you please stop the use of federal funds for any research done on human embryonic stem cells. Those human embryos are not "left over" they can actually be adopted and those children in waiting could be given the life they deserve.

 
3558 05/01/2009 at 12:55:15 PM Self     I would like to comment on section of the draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines which reads: "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 question if the killing of human embryos will "ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible," as you have stated in the Guidelines. I have read of the successful retrieval of stem cells from umbilical cords and wonder if this source is a viable one for research. Thank you for the opportunity to express my comments and concerns.

 
3559 05/01/2009 at 12:55:15 PM Self     EVERY CONCEPTION HAS A RIGHT TO LIVE A LIFE, NOT LIVE FOR A RESEARCH PROJECT. I AM SURE GOD IS SLOW TO ANGER, BUT I'M NOT SURE SOME DAY HE WON'T ACT ON HIS ANGER...

 
3560 05/01/2009 at 12:55:47 PM Self     The only thing I will reference is my anger that MY President and MY government is telling me that My taxes will be used to advance human embryo studies. This make me furious. More and more, with this new administration, I feel that we are in a dictatorship rather than a democracy. It seems that this is not MY government anymore and that frightens me beyond reason. What is happening to this country? We were founded on In God We Trust and the more we take God out of our lives, the faster this country is spiralling down.

 
3561 05/01/2009 at 12:55:48 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to any federally funding of embryonic stem cell research. There are other sources of stem cells, which can and should be utilized in medical research when financial conditions change. This area of study should be delayed until the economic conditions change.

 
3562 05/01/2009 at 12:55:55 PM Self     I personally believe that it is morally wrong to use aborted fetuses for research. It is bad enough that a woman will kill her unborn child but to then use it for science. I believe that stem cell research can be obtained in other ways.

 
3563 05/01/2009 at 12:56:03 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam

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.

Thank you for permitting me the opportunity to comment.

 
3564 05/01/2009 at 12:56:10 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.

 
3565 05/01/2009 at 12:56:46 PM Self     Please,

I believe that an entity becomes a child at conception when the embryonic process is kickstarted. It makes no difference the Size of the human, the Level of development of the human, the Environment of the human or the Degree of dependency of the human, no human being should be experimented on, period. If there is even the slightest conceivable chance that a living thing is human than you must PRESERVE AND PROTECT not destroy! Does a demolition engineer blow up a building before checking to see if anyone is inside?

Please, I urge you, do not allow any of our tax dollars to fund these experiments.

Most Sincerely,

 
3566 05/01/2009 at 12:56:57 PM Organization Calvary Chapel Carmel Valley   I support stem cell research from adult stem cells only. So far, they are the ones that have been used successfully to treat many. Embryonic stem cells have no evidence whatsoever of being used successfully. It is a travesty to "use" our babies as parts to fix people. We must stop this horrific practice, and continue to use adult stem cells only.

 
3567 05/01/2009 at 12:57:03 PM Self     I think that our tax dollars would be better spent working on the promising field of adult stem cell research. I also feel it is inappropriate for the government, which is supposed to represent us, to use our funds to kill or destroy these embryos when there are so many people who would love to adopt and cannot due to a shortage of children. We will need more workers in the future too and the birth rate is falling.

 
3568 05/01/2009 at 12:57:03 PM Self     I want to voice my discontent on your use of embryonic stem cells. This is immoral.

 
3569 05/01/2009 at 12:57:47 PM Self     I am against embryonic stem cell research. I had heard that adult stem cells have already helped in curing some disease, where embryonic has not. If that is true I have to wonder why they continue to use embryonic stem cells in the research. I am against abortion therefore I oppose embryonic stem cell research.

 
3570 05/01/2009 at 12:57:47 PM Self     We need to expend our resources in profitable activity. Adult stem-cells continue to prove viable, embryonic stem-cells do not. Besides, the moral implications should not be over looked.

 
3571 05/01/2009 at 12:57:49 PM Self     I want to voice my opinion that this practice is completely wrong and my view is that it is destroying human beings for research. You can call them embryos or whatever you want but they are human beings, just like all of us. I for one would never ever give you my child for any of your research.

 
3572 05/01/2009 at 12:58:14 PM Self     Past medical experimentation and results have proved that the use of adult stem cell research is a valuable addition to solutions for illnesses and diseases. However, the same thing CANNOT be said for our tests with embryonic stem cells. This is not only a question of what is most effective from the record of the past, it is also a very real moral question. I urge you to avoid at all costs the actions that constitute creating life for the express purpose of destroying it. Not only is that against the principles of science, but also against the laws of decency and morality that God has given us. Please encourage research that saves ALL lives, not destroys them under pretext of benefical action. Thank you!

 
3573 05/01/2009 at 12:58:27 PM Self     Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I am writing to say that I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embyonic stem cells. I am asking that you please reconsider this decision. Thank you.

 
3574 05/01/2009 at 12:58:50 PM Self     In following these guidlines you are disregarding the value and worth of life. This is a great mistake and will result in only death. The Author of all life is closely watching all that you do, and you will stand in judgment before Him.

 
3575 05/01/2009 at 12:58:51 PM Self     Respectfully, Stem cell research has shown 0 results to help cure 0 diseases while Adult Stem Cell research has resulted in over 70 helpful results for over 70 diseases. Please do not cut off Adult Stem cell research and stop funding stem cell research especially since it is the destruction of life.

 
3576 05/01/2009 at 12:59:00 PM Self     "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos..." The key word in the preceding excerpt from the “Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice,” is "derived." This means that the host embryo dies.

“Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to abnormal cell division and differentiation.” Very true, and the cost of dealing with these diseases over the course of an “imperfect” human life is very high. This is one reason that Downs Syndrome babies identified through amniocentesis are recommended for “termination”—death through abortion. You are opening the floodgates for this very same despicable act of unnatural selection.

I am a quadriplegic and stand to benefit from stem cell breakthroughs that could result in my recovery. However, I am less interested in my own recovery than I am the casual disregard for human life represented by Executive Order 13505. This President’s record in the Senate reflects his sentiments on the sanctity of human life. His choice as Secretary of Health and Human Services confirms that he has no regards for the unborn, whatsoever. The notion that this will be conducted in a manner that is “ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law” is utterly preposterous.

The elements: • Financial opportunity for big companies through taxpayer funding to produce more stem cell lines; • Financial opportunity for domestic economy to “avoid” births of less-than-perfect children and consequently bear the costs of their medical care over their lifetime; • Lack of oversight endemic to bloated federal government; • A President and an Administration with blood-stained hands already turning a blind eye to the deaths of thousands of babies in the US EVERY DAY.

This Executive Order is flawed in its conception, and must not stand. God hears and avenges the cry of innocent blood. Our President may have no regard for the opinions of our Creator, but the vast majority of Americans do!

I say NO to Executive Order 13505!

 
3577 05/01/2009 at 12:59:09 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
3578 05/01/2009 at 12:59:22 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

As a citizen of the United States I want to express my opposition to the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines as announced in the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice. I believe a better use for these embryos is adoption and ask the government to protect the embryos from being sacrificed for research.

 
3579 05/01/2009 at 12:59:23 PM Self     Ever since Bush 2 submitted his regressive stem cell research lines I have anxiously been waiting for a President with the prescience to open up this field of potentially groundbreaking research and development. With proposed new guidelines awaiting approval, I hope that the widest latitude is given to scientists to use all available stem cell lines from whatever source derived. This is no time for the NIH to timidly approach this area of research that holds so much promise for so many afflicted persons who could be helped. I believe that the majority of Americans encompassing all religious affiliations and all political preferences join me in my observations.

 
3580 05/01/2009 at 12:59:27 PM Self     The government has no business promoting or funding Human Stem Cell Research. Embryos will be killed in order to further this work, and on the basis of human dignity I am totally oppose and urge our government to desist this research.

 
3581 05/01/2009 at 12:59:42 PM Self     Thank you for the opportunity to state my comments. I'm not a scientist, but the statement than an embryo is not a human embryo seems to draw a dangerously fine line between what life is and when it is viable. If a childless couple goes through the physical and financial difficulties of IVF, they must have faith to believe that at least one of the embryos will successfully go through the stages to become a human baby. Stem cell research from live humans has been as successful or perhaps more than embryonic stem cell research. Why not try to use these embryos for what they were meant for?

 
3582 05/01/2009 at 12:59:44 PM Self     I urge you to reinstate policy that limits funding for embryonic stem cell research to it's previous limits. It is perfectly clear that the greatest advances in stem cell research has come from adult stem cells. It only makes sense to put the funding toward adult stem cell research. Please for the benefit of all people!

 
3583 05/01/2009 at 12:59:57 PM Self     I am opposed to President Barack Obama's 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. I do not want my tax dollars to require the death of human embryos, especially since all the success in treating diseases with stem cells has come from using ADULT stem cells.

 
3584 05/01/2009 at 12:59:59 PM Self     I am opposed to the killing of embryos for use in stem cell research. They are human beings. Embryonic stem cell research is outdated and has produced 0 results thus far in improving a person's health. Adult stem cells, which do not require the killing of embryos, have proven effective in treating more than 70 diseases or health problems.

 
3585 05/01/2009 at 01:00:03 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

Further killing of human embryos for their cells is blood on the hands of the American people. God will not forgive the nation who sheds innocent lives. this is one of the reasons, we are experiencing the wrath of God. I pray the the president and his administration open their hearts, minds, eyes and ears to the Holy Spirit and ask God's forgiveness for these actions.

 
3586 05/01/2009 at 01:00:37 PM Self     Please do not allow the use of embryo's for research. It is murder in my opinion. I am sure there are better ways to spend my tax money!

 
3587 05/01/2009 at 01:00:40 PM Self     It is poor business as well as poor morals to continue to fund embyonic stem cell research, an area of research which has yielded NO positive results in 25 years of intense effort yet compromises major moral standards. This is especially poor use of funds when the alternative - adult stem cell research - has yielded positive results which are currently being used to address over 70 different serious medical conditions.

 
3588 05/01/2009 at 01:00:54 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 altar 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.

 
3589 05/01/2009 at 01:01:06 PM Self     Please don't mandate tax payers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. This research is currently being done in the private sector and after many years has not reaped any benefits to anyone. Adult stem cell research has already effectively helped with many diseases and shows more promising potential for more improvements for American's health. Requiring American's to fund research that has had no fruits and doesn't show any potential to do so is an irresponsible use of tax payers' money.

 
3590 05/01/2009 at 01:01:06 PM Self     There is absolutely NO reason to use human embryos for stem cell research. Adult stem cells have shown useful applications and do not require the destruction of human life. All human beings were once embryos. They deserve our respect and protection.

My primary concern is respect for life. However, I also do not want to be forced to pay for the destruction of human life through my tax dollars. Please correct the guidelines for federal funding to not destroy human life.

Thank you.

 
3591 05/01/2009 at 01:01:15 PM Self     Embrionic stem cells do not work. Adult stem cells are proven to work. Why must you kill the unborn you sick demented liberal! And yes I am an extremist!!!!!

 
3592 05/01/2009 at 01:01:17 PM Self     A well-renowned medical expert, Dr Oz, has stated that embryonic stem cells are not effective in mitigating any disease; rather, when introduced to the host they will "run amok" and ultimately become cancerous. Adult stem cells from the patient to be treated, on the other hand, have been shown to CURE diseases. Therefore, this NIH proposal should not even be considered. No more government waste.

 
3593 05/01/2009 at 01:01:40 PM Self     Please support adult stem cell research totally. Do not allow taxpayer support for embryonic stem cell research. The adult stem cell research has shown extremely better results without the extended problems witnessed with the embryonic stem cell research. It is time that we make principled decisions that are moral and ethical.

 
3594 05/01/2009 at 01:01:50 PM Self     Source: www.youtube.com Science Matters #1: Dr. Oz explains to Oprah and Michael J. Fox why embryonic stem cell research is dangerous and won't cure Parkinson's, but Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell research will! Supporting documents:...

 
3595 05/01/2009 at 01:02:31 PM Self     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. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. 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 your 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.

 
3596 05/01/2009 at 01:02:53 PM Self     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. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. 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 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 use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

Sincerely,

 
3597 05/01/2009 at 01:02:58 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

 



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