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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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4560 05/01/2009 at 04:28:35 PM Self     Please do not fund research that is using embryos created by in vitro fertilization stem cells. This is ethically irresponsible and I feel strongly as an American citizen about this use of my taxpayer money and as a Christian mother.

 
4561 05/01/2009 at 04:28:44 PM Self     I oppose federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. No tax dollars used to experiment on in vitro human embryos.

Life begins at conception.

 
4562 05/01/2009 at 04:28:55 PM Self     It is not necessary to kill babies to develop stem cell knowledge. It is already advancing with adult stem cells.

 
4563 05/01/2009 at 04:29:02 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. This is a moral and ethical issue and a majority of Americans are opposed to using federal money for this purpose. The US government should honor the wishes of the American people. Additionally, pursuing this procedure with federal funds will put the US on a slippery slope that will not be easy to reverse and will have unintended consequences that will hurt America.

Sincerely,

 
4564 05/01/2009 at 04:29:07 PM Self     May 1, 2009 Research has shown great strides in adult stem cell research. Embryonic stem cell research has not shown these strides and is potentially dangerous. I believe that it is also unethical to use embryos for this experimentation. This what Hitler and the Nazis would be doing if they had had the chance.

 
4565 05/01/2009 at 04:29:21 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.

 
4566 05/01/2009 at 04:29:53 PM Self     I have had diabetes for 23 years. I have neuropathy in my hand and scar tissue all over my abdomen from wearing my insulin pump. I am ready for my cure, and I know that stem cell research is the key to finding it. My brother also has diabetes. He has had it for 26 years. He is 39 years old and has already had cataract surgery. We both deserve and need a cure. Please help us.

 
4567 05/01/2009 at 04:30:16 PM Self     ADULT stem cell research has shown great promise, aiding in the treatment of over 60 different human diseases and conditions. Embryonic stem cell research in contrast has been extremely disappointing, and has not resulted in aiding a single human disease or condition. In addition, there has now been developed a technique that allows human adult stem cells to behave exactly the same as embryonic stem cells without the necessity of killing human embryos. In addition, virtually all stem cell researchers, even the developer of Dolly, the cloned sheep, now say that the future of stem cell research definitely lies in ADULT cells. Virtually all serious researchers have given up on embryonic stem cells because they are just too uncontrollable. Therefore, embryonic stem cell research is just a political issue, not a practical one. It should be abandoned in total, let alone force the taxpayers to pay for the inane and completely unnecessary destruction of human embryos.

 
4568 05/01/2009 at 04:30:27 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells are taken from a developing embryo at the blastocyst stage, destroying the embryo, a developing human life. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are found in all tissues of the growing human being and, according to latest reports, also have the potential to transform themselves into practically all other cell types, or revert to being stem cells with greater reproductive capacity. Embryonic stem cells have not yet been used for even one therapy, while adult stem cells have already been successfully used in numerous patients, including for cardiac infarction (death of some of the heart tissue).

In recent years, however, pluripotent stem cells were discovered in various human tissues–in the spinal cord, in the brain, in the mesenchyme (connective tissue) of various organs, and in the blood of the umbilical cord. These pluripotent stem cells are capable of forming several cell types–principally blood, muscle, and nerve cells. It has been possible to recognize, select, and develop them to the point that they form mature cell types with the help of growth factors and regulating proteins. This shows that in tissues of the body, adult stem cells possess a much greater potential for differentiation than previously assumed. This knowledge must be brought into the public consciousness with all possible emphasis. If stem cell research were really only meant for therapeutic uses, which it most obviously should be, adult stem cells would promise a very productive research field–and beyond that, a possibility, without moral objection, to discover fundamentals of the dynamics of tissue differentiation.

It has become clear from transplantation experiments with animals, that stem cells of a particular tissue can develop into cells of a completely different kind. Thus, bone marrow stem cells have been induced to become brain cells, but also liver cells.

Adult stem cells obviously have a universal program for division that is common to all the kinds of tissue stem cells, and makes them mutually interchangeable. This was discovered by Alexei Terskikh at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. He was able to prove that adult stem cells of blood-forming tissues, and of the brain, activate the same genes, in order to preserve their status as stem cells.

There are also reports of successful treatments with adult stem cells in cases of Crohn’s disease (a chronic infection of the gut), thalassemia (a blood disease), and a rare skin disease. And–despite the fact that basic research with adult stem cells is in its earliest beginnings and is in no way being promoted with urgency–there have been a growing number of reports lately of experiments with animals, from which it emerges that adult stem cells can successfully transform themselves into differentiated cells of organs of many kinds.

In contrast, reports of successful conversions of embryonic stem cells are very infrequent and cautious. Thus, we find in Science of Dec. 1, 2000 (Vol. 290, pp. 1672-1674): "In contrast, the human embryonic stem cells and fetal germ cells that made headlines in November 1998 because they can, in theory, develop into any cell type have so far produced relatively modest results. Only a few papers and meeting reports have emerged from the handful of labs that work with human pluripotent cells. . . . The work suggests that it will not be simple to produce the pure populations of certain cell types that would be required for safe and reliable cell therapies. . . ."

This is the restrained language used by established science to describe a truly disastrous set of results.

There are, of course, still substantial problems to be overcome, even with adult stem cells: They are relatively rare, and are hard to find with the techniques used so far. They are also not very easy to culture outside of the body. It was therefore an important advance that Australian researchers of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have now found a way to isolate nerve stem cells with "extreme purity" from the brains of mice. In Nature of August 16, 2001 (Vol. 412, pp. 736-739), they reported obtaining a culture of 80 percent purity, compared to a previous rate of 5 percent at best.

It is now urgently necessary to tackle the research in precisely this direction, in order to find out the exact conditions under which the differentiation of stem cells comes about and how, in detail, it proceeds. Only by this morally unassailable route will it be possible to develop new therapies for serious, heretofore incurable diseases, and beyond that, to improve our understanding of the development of life itself.

That is why I oppose any further funding of embryonic stem cell research and support vastly increasing funding and support of adult stem cell research.

Citation for all my facts: Wolfgang Lillge, M.D., in the magazine "21st Century"

 
4569 05/01/2009 at 04:30:27 PM Self     Dear Sirs:

Please oppose funding embryonic stem cell research with my tax-payer dollars. I find this morally reprehensible. Also I am convinced that adult stem cell research has produced far safer and more positive results.

Thank you.

*****, R.N.

 
4570 05/01/2009 at 04:30:33 PM Self     I am opposed to expanding embryonic stem cell research. Though we have yet to gain even one breakthrough in treatment of diseases/conditions in human beings, we already have several promising breakthroughs in the treatment of humans with adult stem cells. I believe that additional funding for adult stem cell research could result in many treatments, even cures, for human conditions. All Americans agree that adult stem cell research is useful and morally acceptable. Many Americans do not believe it is ethical to use human life for experimental research that would destroy human life.

 
4571 05/01/2009 at 04:31:23 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Human embryos are babies, and should not be killed for any reason.

 
4572 05/01/2009 at 04:31:49 PM Self     Please discontinue the draft and proposal to use our tax dollars to experiment on human embroyos. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Is this what we really want on our concious. I do not! Please search you heart and don't crumble to pressure from any source that would promote this terrible proceedure.

 
4573 05/01/2009 at 04:32:27 PM Self     Please stop this culture of death. In the Ukraine there are women selling their babies for stem cell research....Its terrible. Open your eyes and quit messing with Gods work

 
4574 05/01/2009 at 04:32:28 PM Self     Why appropriate tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research when adult stem cell research has already proven effective?

Embryonic stem cell research creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

This is not only immoral, it is a waste of our tax money.

 
4575 05/01/2009 at 04:32:37 PM Self     I have a moral and scientific objection to Human Stem Cell research. Primarily when the stem cells are derived from fetuses who have not been aborted naturally.

President Obama and those who are taking advantage of his term should not overturn legislature put in place by former President Bush, as he was clearly acting on the will of the people. This type of underhanded alteration is evidence of a lack of integrity in the current administration.

As a tax payer, I demand that my money does not go to fund experimentation and research to which I have a deep objection. I will continue to voice my opinions and oppose further efforts to conduct Human Embryonic Stem Cell research.

 
4576 05/01/2009 at 04:32:39 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.

 
4577 05/01/2009 at 04:33:06 PM Self     There has been no proof that embryonic stem cells work to benefit anybody. I have heard of nothing but problems with this, not to mention that it is morally wrong to do such research. It has been proven over and over again that adult stem cells do work to improve peoples lives. We need to put our research into something that is working, not trying to make something work that is not meant to.

 
4578 05/01/2009 at 04:33:21 PM Self     I believe that our God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness applies to all persons from the moment of conception. As a tax-paying American citizen, I morally object to the allocation of my tax dollars to support ESCR in any and all of its forms. Further, I do not believe President Obama has the constitutional authority so to direct my taxes, thus entrapping me in this amoral scheme.

 
4579 05/01/2009 at 04:33:32 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.

 
4580 05/01/2009 at 04:33:42 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. My money that I pay in taxes cannot be used to support something I know to be wrong.

 
4581 05/01/2009 at 04:33:49 PM Self     Destoying embyonic stem cells for research is morally wrong.

In addition, adult stem cells are readily available without any moral objections - and adult stem cells work. Many diseases have been successfully treated with adult stem cells; none have been sucessfully treated with embryonic stem cells.

Finally, the only reason people who know the above continue to push embryonic stem cells is because they are desperate to justify abortion.

Thank you for reading my input.

Respectfully,

 
4582 05/01/2009 at 04:34:04 PM Self     The President may have decided it was OK to use taxpayer money to fund embryonic stem cell research, but that still doesn't make it acceptable or right. Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's right. I don't want my tax dollars to be used to fund this kind of research.

 
4583 05/01/2009 at 04:34:16 PM Organization Christ's Church of Scottsdale N Hayden Dr, Scottsdale, AZ We have a moral and scientific objection to Human Stem Cell research. Primarily when the stem cells are derived from fetuses who have not been aborted naturally.

President Obama and those who are taking advantage of his term should not overturn legislature put in place by former President Bush, as he was clearly acting on the will of the people. This type of underhanded alteration is evidence of a lack of integrity in the current administration.

As tax payers, we demand that ourmoney does not go to fund experimentation and research to which we have a deep objection. We will continue to voice our opinions and oppose further efforts to conduct Human Embryonic Stem Cell research.

 
4584 05/01/2009 at 04:34:20 PM Self     Please do not support federal funding of ESC's. For best results, companies should invest their own money into ESC research. Currently, many people are being cured with cord and adult stem cells. Why would the government want to delay lifesaving procedures that are proven to work now in exchange for possibilities in the future? Thank you,

 
4585 05/01/2009 at 04:34:21 PM Self     Funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos totally unnecessary. Tests have been shown that stem cells from live adult prove to be more affective in research and application. The killing of innocent humans is a sin against God. Please stop.

 
4586 05/01/2009 at 04:34:38 PM Self     It is wrong to use human embryos from any purpose other than life. An embryo is the beginning of a human being and it is wrong and immoral to distroy it for any reason.

 
4587 05/01/2009 at 04:35:24 PM Self     Human Embryo's are not potential human beings. They are human beings with potential and should not be selected for indiscriminate death or experimentation, unless of course we stay the course and implement other forms of death dealing as was true of Nazi Germany aqnd other former empires that neglected to realize the santity of life.

 
4588 05/01/2009 at 04:35:25 PM Self     Whatever good that may come from your research will never outdo the sacrifice of the life these cells provided. Stop this murder!

 
4589 05/01/2009 at 04:35:58 PM Self     The funding of more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos is totally unnecessary. Tests have been shown that stem cells from live adults prove to be more affective in research and application. The killing of innocent humans is a sin against God. Please stop.

 
4590 05/01/2009 at 04:36:01 PM Self     Re: NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines: When the possibilities for embryonic stem cells were first proclaimed, there was great fanfare. But by now it has become clear to all but a few partisan zealots that adult stem cells have delivered better and have more promise. So even the pragmatic rationale for killing human embrios that might otherwise be put up for adoption no longer exists. Besides, modified adult stem cells can now be made to offer the versatility that was the major advantage of embrionic stem cells. Killing human embrios for research is a dangerous start toward the kind of experimentation that became popular in Germany durng the 1930's. Let's not go there!

 
4591 05/01/2009 at 04:36:15 PM Self     I oppose using federal funds for research of human embryonic stem cells.

 
4592 05/01/2009 at 04:36:22 PM Self     I understand that on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issue an order that opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos (babies). I am strongly opposed to this. I do not understand why this is happening when we all know that there has been so much success with adult stem cell research. I do not want my tax dollars going for killing babies. Why not promote adoption of these human embryos, so people with infertility problems can have a family? These draft guidelines would require their death, why not give them life?

 
4593 05/01/2009 at 04:36:23 PM Self     Human Embryo's are not potential human beings. They are human beings with potential and should not be selected for indiscriminate death or experimentation, unless of course we stay the course and implement other forms of death dealing as was true of Nazi Germany aqnd other former empires that neglected to realize the santity of life.

 
4594 05/01/2009 at 04:36:43 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern:

In regards to: "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."

Using human embryos is nothing more than genocide. Your life and mine started as a group of living cells—the catch word, ‘living’. I find it hard to understand how anyone can think that just because an embryo is without arms and legs, or a face that smiles, a mouth that giggles, is not a life in process. If allowed an embryo will become a living breathing human being, a baby, that God willing will reach adulthood. Other methods have been tried and proven as more effective (umbilical cord). So why use that which is less effective?

Throwing our money into a process that hasn’t proved itself is foolish to say the least. More importantly is the fact that lives are being killed for the use of experimentation. Are monkeys more important than humans? Not that I approve of that process either. But human cells are worth far more than that of an animal.

Along with abortion, embryonic stem cell research is an abomination in the eyes of God and our nation will be judged for these atrocities.

Sincerely,

 
4595 05/01/2009 at 04:36:55 PM Self     It doesn't seem logical that something so simple escapes and eludes the most intelligent minds in our society. It's really simple Embryonic Stem Cell-NO! Adult Stem Cell-YES!!!!!

Embryonic Stem Cells create tumors....period!!! They have not now, or will they ever become the miracle component of curing diseases.....period.

Adult Stem Cells have eliminated or assisted in curing 70+ diseases, aided in the healing process of burn victims, have no side effects that could set back its progress.

You don't have to be an Einstein to acknowledge that Adult Stem Cells are the way to go, but you do have to have an open mind; the realization that embryos harvasted from abortions could be looked upon as murder, because now the goal is greed, corruption, power and egos.

Sadly enough, what goes around comes around. Fate, Karma, etc. never miss you when it's got you in its sights.

I shall pray for your blackened soul....you should pray too!

 
4596 05/01/2009 at 04:36:59 PM Self     I oppose the use of human embryonic stem cells for research and thus the use of my tax dollars to fund such research. There has been no evidence that the stem cells from embryo can help with the cure of diseases but there is a lot of evidence that Adult stem cells can. Please use money for research on the proven effective Adult Stem cells. Thank you.

 
4597 05/01/2009 at 04:37:29 PM Self     Please stop the funding of taking human lives by supporting embryonic stem cell research. Scientific evidence suggests adult stem cell research is the ethical and practical way to proceed.

 
4598 05/01/2009 at 04:37:37 PM Self     I find it hard to believe that anyone with any scientific background would be willing to experiment with embryo stem cells when it has been clearly proven that ADULT stem cells have shown real promise in solving human health problems. Why must we, who morally and ethically object to such procedures as embryonic stem cell research, be forced to fund such projects when they clearly show no promise of success. Let's use those things which actually work, and preserve the nascent lives of those little human lives. I believe that we need to rethink our moral positions taken of late. Whether some believe it or not, be assured that Almighty God is observing every move we make, and we will surely be judged accordingly.

 
4599 05/01/2009 at 04:37:39 PM Self     The deliberate destruction of human life that results from embryonic stem cell research must stop. Scientific and medical research should be encouraged and continued in a way that respects every life. Researchers should ask themselves: ".. if these cells are not human, if they don't have the potential to BE human and if they are not alive, then why would I use them?" An honest and thoughtful answer to this question would quickly end this morally reprehensible form of science.

 
4600 05/01/2009 at 04:37:41 PM Self     As a consciencious American citizen and Catholic Christian I adamantly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4601 05/01/2009 at 04:38:01 PM Self     I am OPPOSED to this reversal of the Bush administratin policy on stem cell research. This policy encourages the death and destruction of human life and should not be supported by our Government and tax payers.

 
4602 05/01/2009 at 04:38:02 PM Self     Why do we need to pour funds into embryonic stem cell research when adult stem cell research has yielded full or partial cures for over 70 medical problems while embryonic stem cell research has yielded none. President Obama himself alluded to the fact that one should consider that far more successful alternative over the other. On top of that, we kill a human every time we use a new embryo. Totally unnecessary. Don't you think that after 25 years of trying to harness embryonic stem cell for improved health that we would have had a least one success by now. I suggest you put my tax money to the more successful and humane route. I do not want to be a part of killing the unborn.

 
4603 05/01/2009 at 04:38:09 PM Self     There is absolutely NO REASON to use human embryos for stem cell research. Embryos are human life at the most vulnerable phase. PLEASE STOP THIS

 
4604 05/01/2009 at 04:38:18 PM       I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. A human life begins at conception, therefore using human embryonic stem cells causes the death of an innocent human life. Adoption of "leftover" human embryos from in vitro fertilization should be promoted instead of destroying them for research or any other reason.

 
4605 05/01/2009 at 04:38:23 PM Self     Using federal funds to experiment with what many in this country consider a human life due the dignity imbued by God is unethical ,imoral , and abuse of the priviledge we voted Obama into office to fulfill.

 
4606 05/01/2009 at 04:38:24 PM Self     I strongly urge the NIH not to conduct embronic stem cell research, but rather, use adulot stem cells for your research.

 
4607 05/01/2009 at 04:38:28 PM Self     It doesn't seem logical that something so simple escapes and eludes the most intelligent minds in our society. It's really simple Embryonic Stem Cell-NO! Adult Stem Cell-YES!!!!!

Embryonic Stem Cells create tumors....period!!! They have not now, or will they ever become the miracle component of curing diseases.....period.

Adult Stem Cells have eliminated or assisted in curing 70+ diseases, aided in the healing process of burn victims, have no side effects that could set back its progress.

You don't have to be an Einstein to acknowledge that Adult Stem Cells are the way to go, but you do have to have an open mind; the realization that embryos harvasted from abortions could be looked upon as murder, because the goal certainly greed, corruption, power and egos.

Sadly enough, what goes around comes around. Fate, Karma, etc. never miss you when it's got you in its sights.

I shall pray for your blackened soul....you should pray too!

 
4608 05/01/2009 at 04:38:33 PM Self     I prayerfully urge you not to use federal funding for stem cell research. If this goes through it will be just as bad if not worse than the Holocaust. These little, innocent human beings that most of you call "it", cannot even defend themselves. You will be authorizing the killing of innocent lives. Why not offer these so called "left over" embryos up for adoption instead. Give them a chance to be useful human beings instead of being little more than "laboratory rats". How sad it is to scramble for "left overs" to experiment on when you can use stem cells from the umbilical chords of full term deliveries. Believe me, there are plenty of them produced every day. We can use federal money on more important issues such as homeland security, jobs for the jobless, homes for the homeless, health care for those who cannot afford it. Let's take care of our own for a change!!! Sincerely,

 
4609 05/01/2009 at 04:39:00 PM Self     There are at least two primary reasons not to follow a path of embryonic stem-cell reasearch. All of the medical benefit that has come from use of adult, pluripotent and other non-embryonic cells have yielded a list of over 100 benifits and cures to a variety of conditions. Embryonic stem cells have yielded no good benefit and the few human experiments that have been done have resulted in hideous mutations which are not acceptable in science or in medicine. With no clear and proven understanding of when human life begins, it is the nations's practice to give life the benefit of the doubt in order to avoid taking innocent, human lives. If you have absolute proof of when human life begins and you can demonstrate that the soul enters the human body at a particular point in celular development, then please present that evidence. If you cannot do this then each embryo has the right to the constitutional protection of the law.

 
4610 05/01/2009 at 04:39:08 PM Self AZ Sun Chapter of Parkinson's Support Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City AZ With Adult Stem Cell working so well, and so much progress being made in that direction, and not having the possibility of growing tumors, why is embryonic stem cells being pushed???

 
4611 05/01/2009 at 04:39:20 PM Self     Please don't allow MORE spending of OUR money on an experiment! Let's just go with what is already known to work,adult stem cells. We don't have an endless supply of money, either do our future generations!! Please pray before deciding,,,,,thank you,

 
4612 05/01/2009 at 04:39:32 PM Self     It is a complete waste of human life and money to continue research on human embryonic stem cells. The research done on adult stem cells has proven to be successful in overcoming the effects of many diseases and has proven successful in growing new organs from one's own stem cells. The research done on the human embryonic stem cells has been totally unsuccessful.

Please study and consider the results.

 
4613 05/01/2009 at 04:39:41 PM Self     Using embryo's is unnecessary. Scientists are discovering that adult stem cells may actually be more valuable than previously thought. In fact, researchers are finding that adult stem cells can be turned back into an embryonic state. Life begins at conception. Killing of any embryo in order to extract its stem cells is a form of homicide. Why would we choose to create life just to kill it when we have other more humane means to complete necessary research. It is short sided of our government to not include all of the facts in their decision making.

 
4614 05/01/2009 at 04:39:48 PM Self     I want to voice my opposition to President Obama's plan to allow more funding for embryonic stem cell research. Each "embryo" destroyed is another human life taken. Since it has been shown that cells taken from adult humans are more effective, I do no understand why anyone would want to destroy another life. It's a shame our country has come to that. Please put me on record as opposing further research of this kind. Thank you.

Respectfully,

 
4615 05/01/2009 at 04:39:58 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for destructive research on human embryonic stem cells. Please refrain from this specific type of research.

 
4616 05/01/2009 at 04:40:03 PM Self     I have strong objections to the use of taxpayer money to fund embryonic stem cell research. It has not proven effective in actually treating any diseases - whereas ADULT stem cell research and development has led to the treatment of dozens of conditions. As leaders of the people you govern, please be honest and wise (and Godly) in the stewardship you have been charged with. Thank you,

 
4617 05/01/2009 at 04:40:39 PM Self     Allowing stem cell research will only encourage more abortions. How could people say that a fetus is not human when the stem cells taken from their wombs will help people live? This is one of the worst cases of human experimentation that was ever invented. Please do not allow this to be apart of our lives as legal.

 
4618 05/01/2009 at 04:40:50 PM Self     I am opposed to Federal Funding ( my dollars) being used for Embryonic Stem Cell Research. If this were a fruitful endeavor commercial firms would have long since embraced this practice. There is adequate evidence that adult stem cell research is an effective alternative and does not require my tax dollars for funding.

 
4619 05/01/2009 at 04:41:14 PM Self     I am opposed to federal funding of stem cell research!

 
4620 05/01/2009 at 04:41:22 PM Self     It doesn't seem logical that something so simple escapes and eludes the most intelligent minds in our society. It's really simple Embryonic Stem Cell-NO! Adult Stem Cell-YES!!!!!

Embryonic Stem Cells create tumors....period!!! They have not now, or will they ever become the miracle component of curing diseases.....period.

Adult Stem Cells have eliminated or assisted in curing 70+ diseases, aiding the healing process of burn victims, and has no side effects that could set back its progress.

You don't have to be an Einstein genius to acknowledge that Adult Stem Cells are the way to go, but you do have to have an open mind; the realization that embryos harvasted from abortions could be looked upon as murder, because the goal is certainly greed, corruption, power and egos.

Sadly enough, what goes around comes around. Fate, Karma, etc. never miss you when it's got you in its sights.

I shall pray for your blackened soul....you should pray too!

 
4621 05/01/2009 at 04:41:30 PM Organization Christian Family & Children's Center 2166 Indian Head Road Champion, PA 15622 National Institute of Health: We are writing to oppose the current draft of allowing Stem Cell research using embryonic stem cells. Our opposition comes from two perspectives. The first is the devaluing of human life that comes from the killing of embryos. As a country, we have a long history of valuing life and have resisted the temptation many times to place potential unproven research gains in precedence over the value of preserving life. Our second concern is based upon the current scientific research that overwhelmingly points to the dramatic differences in results of adult stem cell progress in research, to very little hope of progress and no results at the embryonic level. The current body of scientific evidence would urge us to continue promoting and funding adult stem cell research as the private sector has chosen to do, and refrain from unproductive research that has not been proven, and is morally misguided. As an agency that works in the community to promote the active integration of good research, and strong moral guidelines, we urge you to not remove the current ban on embryonic stem cell research, and fund continuing research on adult stem cells.

***** Christian Family & Children's Center

 
4622 05/01/2009 at 04:41:34 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to the human embryonic stem cell research (ESCR)and to the public funding of such research. I would respectfully request that President Obama's policy on this be rescinded.Thank you.

 
4623 05/01/2009 at 04:41:39 PM Self     It is time this country moved into the 21st century after years of being in the dark ages in regard to scientific investigation. I strongly support stem cell research and hope that it advances the needed cures for diseases yet to be cured.

 
4624 05/01/2009 at 04:41:42 PM Self     Most all of the success with stem cells has been Adult Stem Cells. What you are doing is morally wrong.

 
4625 05/01/2009 at 04:41:56 PM Self     I wish to express my strong opposition to the use of my tax money for embryonic stem cells on the following grounds. 1) The pillaging of a people, race, group OR PERSON for the benefit of another people, race, group OR PERSON is antithetical to the principles of any civilized society--particularly this one. 2) There is not enough evidence or success to induce serious private investment. This then raises the specter of an purely ideological initiative to further other agendas such as the legitimization of abortion. 3) Meanwhile, there HAS been success in adult stem cells. 4) Creation of jobs does not justify pillaging.

 
4626 05/01/2009 at 04:42:06 PM Self     Stop using embryos for stem cell research. It is appalling to me and my family that the U.S. government would use murdered unborn children for scientific purposes. And after 25 years of research what has embryonic stem cell research proven to our society? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! No Cures for diseases NOTHING! LET THESE MURDERED CHILDREN REST IN PEACE! First their lives are taken from them and then their remains are used to further science? WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH? From:

 
4627 05/01/2009 at 04:42:29 PM Self     Please donot send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. This would require their death. I oppose these regulations. Thanks

 
4628 05/01/2009 at 04:42:41 PM Self     As a healthcare provider who promised to "Do no harm" I vehemently oppose the taking of innocent human embrionic life!! 10 years of research using embrionic stem cells have yet to cure or heal. Adult stem cells have been used to cure and heal. One only has to have the basic knowledge of googling to discover the successes of adult stem use, and the failure of embrionic stem cells. It is obvious that this makes the case for NO EMBRIONIC STEM CELL USE!!! It is obvious that there should be much more research to advance the success of adult stem cell use.

 
4629 05/01/2009 at 04:42:48 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.

 
4630 05/01/2009 at 04:42:50 PM Self     I write to express my disappointment at the NIH's most recent guidelines regarding the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research.

I support using stem cell research for finding cures. However, not when human embryos are destroyed.

All human life is sacred and worthy of protection, no matter how small. Please either amend or rescind the draft guidelines to direct NIH funding ONLY to adult stem cell research. While many disagree on this point, I urge you to decide conservatively on this b/c remember - MY tax dollars are being used. Thank You for your consideration.

 
4631 05/01/2009 at 04:43:08 PM Self     Dear Sir:

I'm too young to have Parkinson's Disease - STEM CELL RESEARCH!

Thank you -

 
4632 05/01/2009 at 04:43:15 PM Self     Stem cell research can help so many people and save so many lives. Enough said.

 
4633 05/01/2009 at 04:43:25 PM Self     I am tired of our tax dollars being wasted on embryonic stem cell research that has not proven any gain since it was started. The only research that has proven any value has been on adult stem cell research. Please stop wasting our money and put the money where it has been doing the most good. Start acting for the people and not against us. Stop wasting our hard earned money.

 
4634 05/01/2009 at 04:43:34 PM Self     Human stem cell should not be used. only adult stem cell have sould be used.

thank you

 
4635 05/01/2009 at 04:43:45 PM Self     I oppose the approval of these guidelines.

 
4636 05/01/2009 at 04:43:48 PM Self     The practice of embryonic stem cell research is an immoral act. As such, I must stand in protest of it and of the use of tax monies to support it. Such use of my tax dollars is an infringement on the right to religious liberty and is an obvious step toward removing the right to religious liberty in this country. This cannot be condoned!

 
4637 05/01/2009 at 04:43:49 PM Self     As a Christian, I strongly object to being forced into supporting the killing of individuals for scientific purposes. German was condemned for this, we try to discriminate on the basis of age and say it is OK. It is wrong!

 
4638 05/01/2009 at 04:43:55 PM Organization Dubois County Right to Life PO Box 75 Huntingburg, In. 47542 Please be advise that because I serve as president of our county's organization I speak for our 300+ members. We are united in our complete opposition against lifting any bands against or lossening the access to fetal cell research. Fetal research is completely unneccessary as alternative and moral means of providing for such research have already proven successful. This illiminates the need for fetal cell reasearch.

 
4639 05/01/2009 at 04:43:59 PM Self     Please do not create nor destroy human embroyos. Please allow these embroyos to be used by someone who would greatly desire a child. They could be adopted. Also I do not want my tax dollars being used for this.

 
4640 05/01/2009 at 04:44:03 PM Self     I am opposed to using embryonic stem cells for research. I am opposed to the idea of tax dollars being spent on research which has not proven effective and which results in the destruction of human life. The most promising research currently is coming from adult stem cells and this does not result in the loss of a life. Than you.

 
4641 05/01/2009 at 04:44:14 PM Self     Simply stated, there is no need for embryonic stem-cell research. It is not of God to destroy one human being (embryo)to help another human being. It is against the Fifth Commandment..."Thou shall not kill."

Furthermore, we are seeing success with adult stem-cell use, not with embryonic stem cells. God has a beautiful plan for this land...do not kill one person to help another person. That is why there are no success stories for embryonic stem cell use.

On the other hand, we do have research showing success with adult stem cell use. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. We are not killing an innocent human being to help another human being when we use adult stem cells.

Please, please turn back to God and place this country in HIS hands...our Creator and Lover of Life.

HE will take care of us all...His children whom He created in HIS image and likeness.

 
4642 05/01/2009 at 04:44:45 PM Self     Don't allow human embryonic stem cell research.

There's ample evidence showing that adult stem cell research has showed most promise for elimination of disease and illness where as the killing of human embryos kills live humans.

Maybe we should give it a chance before we intelligent people find out that there is much more promise in adult stem cell research.

One concerned man

 
4643 05/01/2009 at 04:44:59 PM Self     I oppose the use of federally funded research on human embryonic stem cells. embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of human embryos - the first stage of life...

 
4644 05/01/2009 at 04:45:05 PM Self     I strongly disagree with stem cell research and considering the state of econimic down fall we are in, I, even more so, disagree with the stem cell research. It is wasteful to spend money on such a things as this when the children that are in the United States don't have adequate homes and food and family. If funds should be given to something, it should be our homeless children that worry about their family and next meal or if they will have a bed to sleep in rather than the ground!

I would think that a budget committee could come up with wiser things to do with the nations money that spend it on emryonic stem cell research.

 
4645 05/01/2009 at 04:45:05 PM Self     Dear Sir: Life is precious at any stage. Before life is created, with a male sperm and female egg, into an embryo, it is first a God made human being, and to purposely destroy it is murder...always has been, and always will be...please reconsider not to kill unborn babies. It's barbarric, awful, wrong, and yes, sinful, too!

 
4646 05/01/2009 at 04:45:20 PM Self     Please do not create and destroy human embryos just for the use of research. It has been proven that just as much and more can be obtained from adult stem cells. I OPPOSE these regulations!!!

 
4647 05/01/2009 at 04:45:54 PM Self     The government shouldn't be playing God in any way. Human life is given by God, and God alone.

 
4648 05/01/2009 at 04:46:04 PM Self     Adult stem cells will do all that embryonic stem cells will do.

 
4649 05/01/2009 at 04:46:34 PM Self     As you may know, 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.

Now however, President Barack Obama overturned President Bush's policy and opened massive funding for more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) which, I fear, will creates an strong incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Your draft guidelines allow experimentation 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 STRONGLY OPPOSED to the destruction of human embryos, and therefore, to the use of federal funds for such research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
4650 05/01/2009 at 04:46:36 PM Self     Dear NIH, I am very concerned with the direction of the current Draft Human Stem Cell Guidelines.

The human embryos that you are promoting use as medical research material are in fact living, human embryos. Many infertile couples could benefit from the "adoption" of these embryos, enabling them to have children that they otherwise could not. Using taxpayer funds the way you are proposing is just plain wrong. Please rethink the path you are headed down, and the message it is sending about how our government views human life.

Thank you for considering the information I have provided.

Respectfully,

 
4651 05/01/2009 at 04:46:50 PM Self     Skin cell research is a much better way and protects the lives of the unborn. NIH Human Stem Cell processes only encourage further danger of widespread abortion procedures.

 
4652 05/01/2009 at 04:46:52 PM Self     I support only the use of adult stem cells, not embryonic, in research.

 
4653 05/01/2009 at 04:47:33 PM Self     Progress has been made using adult stem cells, even giving them pluripotent capabilities and with this approach no one can have moral objections. Let's fully utilize these approaches BEFORE using our tax dollars for experimentation that violates the conscience of so many people.

 
4654 05/01/2009 at 04:47:45 PM Self     I strongly urge the NIH to fund more fully stem cell research that does not require the destruction of fully viable human embryos.

A human embryo contains all of the genetic material necessary to become a fully mature human. These are not chickens or rats we are talking about, but healthy humans in a state of cryogenic suspended animation that do not have the ability to speak for themselves on this issue.

I remind the NIH that all humans on this planet were once embryos and this stage of development is no different than going from teenager to adult. Embryo is only a term given to a new human being and that human should have rights protected under the Constitution of the United States of America.

Further, alternative methods of stem cell research have already produced hundreds of therapies and some limited cures for certain diseases while stem cell research from destroyed embryos has not. In fact, some researchers have found that the early embryonic stem cells appear to be much too unstable to ever be effectively used in this manner.

NIH and the current administration would be wearing collective eggs on their faces if the much needed alternative research showing dramatic results is hindered due to funding of this extremely tragic type of embryonic research that has, to this date, showed extremely limited hope of being a practical solution for combating disease.

Every effort should be made for these embryos to be adopted through established agencies rather than destroying them for albeit altruistic purposes.

 
4655 05/01/2009 at 04:47:46 PM Self     I am opposed to Embryonic Stem Cell research for ethical and practical reasons. Adult stem cells have shown great promise and are not immorally used. Embryonic have shown no hope of cures; instead they are quite dangerous as those that have been implanted have grown cancerous.

Please do whatever possible to block my and others' hard-earned tax dollars from supporting embryonic stem cell research.

Thank you and have a great day!

 
4656 05/01/2009 at 04:47:49 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.

 
4657 05/01/2009 at 04:47:53 PM Self     Won't you please look at the impact Adult Stem Cells are having and the proven success they offer. Embryonic stem cells were a wish and couldn't deliver on the promise offered. Please protect these innocent living beings and let them have a chance at live.

 
4658 05/01/2009 at 04:47:54 PM Self     Human life has from the beginning of our history as a nation, been insured the highest protection of the law. The use of human embryonic stem cells deemed "no longer needed" is convenient terminology for devaluing human life. This goes against a large cross-section of our country's beliefs and therefore, if nothing else, should not be supported by our federal or tax dollars. This is ethically immoral for a great many of us that pay considerable tax dollars that will now go to support this. My daughter went through a very successful procedure to regrow cartiledge in her knee using her own stem cells. Why must we venture into the territory that is sure to casue significant ethical and moral controversy. I am strongly opposed to the overturn of this previously well established law. Who are we to mandate the destruction of what individuals consider worthy of life or not?! This demands a strong response against this action, and further throws our country into acrimony. Let's continue on with the very successful research with adult stem cells.

 
4659 05/01/2009 at 04:48:00 PM Self     Dear Sirs: In regards to the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, it is my great hope that there will be no cloning of human embryos for the purpose of acquiring embryonic stem cells. Furthermore, since the NIH is a wonderful medical research facility, I would encourage more funding and research be focused on adult stem cells, which have already shown much success. In the case of "leftover" embryos from fertility clinics, these should be made available for adoption by families wanting to have children, rather than be harvested for their stem cells. I am very opposed to the taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research, which has shown no success whatsoever. Please consider these concerns when making final decisions on the NIH Human Stem Cell guidlines

 



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