Listing of Comments on Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines
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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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6361 05/02/2009 at 11:28:47 AM Organization Christian Bible Chruch P.O. Box 162, Cissna Park, IL 60924 I would encourage you to reconsider embryonic stem cell research. The many years of attempts have failed while adult stem cells have provided successful cures for several acute diseases. Thank you.

6362 05/02/2009 at 11:28:57 AM Self     There is no way you can be sure these embryos are not soul-ful creatures already. In harvesting these embryos, you may very well be taking a soul! We would never kill a healthy child to take its organs. Why do this with an embryo?

6363 05/02/2009 at 11:29:29 AM Self     This waste of human life on an imaginary research result from embryonic stem cells is reprensible. Adult stem cells have been proven to have tremendous results already while embryonic cells have had no positive results. Destroying these living human beings is a travesty and serves no useful purpose other than to stroke the egos of some money making so called scientists. Murder in any form is still murder!

6364 05/02/2009 at 11:29:59 AM Self     I would urge the Department of Health and Human Sevices to safe guard and protect human life at every leval. It is our mandate to not take advantage of those who have no voice and who in a time where medical technology went beyond it's ethical boundries were created for another purpose ie reproduction. To not build on the idea that human life should be marketed according to what technology can do instead to use restraint to protect human life. To continue to use human emryos for stem cell research is against the standard to not allow another person's need to have precidence over another due to "usefullness" or viability.

6365 05/02/2009 at 11:30:39 AM Self     I do not support the use of federal funds to pay for human embryonic stem cell research because of the moral impact it has on our society. Embryos are living and therefore have rights. And I respect and want to protect that life. Stem cell research should focus on the use of adult stem cells. Instead of allowing society to kill human embryos and abort babies each day, our leadership should educate our people on how to respect life and enact laws that do not allow them to conveniently dispose of a fetus or embryo. Why should one life in research be deemed more important than another? Why should we dispose of one life to potentially save another generations from now? Who has that type of moral authority? I would like our national leadership to take a stand and do the right thing -- protect and respect life from conception to death.

6366 05/02/2009 at 11:30:43 AM Self     Tax dollars should not be spent for research and experimentation on stem cells derived from embryos. This kind of research experimentation has been going on for years without any success. Yet reasearch with adult stems cells has proved successful with numerous serious medical issues and continues to look extremely promising. Adult stem cells have been successful with autoimmune disorders,including the following:

Antiphospholipid sundrome-treated with Dr. Richard Burt from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Schleroderma- another patient of Dr. Burt Multiple Sclerosis- another patient of Dr. Burt In 2008 Dr.Bert reviewed previously published reports of clinical applications using adult stem cells in JAMA)Journal of the American Medical Association).Dr Burt validated that adult stem cells harvested from blood or marrow..under appropriate conditions in select patients,provide disease ameliorating effects in some autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular disorders.

Physicians at the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Childrens Hospital believe they are on the path to a cure for a 25 month old patient with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. Based on this success, Dr. John Wagner will enroll additional RDEB patients into clinical trials.

There also have been successes with heart tissue regeneration with adult stem cells,success with graft vs host disease,Some forms of Leukemia,Neuroblastoma, Parkinson's Disease, Cerebral Palsy, bone healing,Multiple Myeloma, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Lower limb Ischemia,Vision restoration, Sickle Cell Disease. The validated success with the above diseases should be followed up and acted upon rather than wasteful spending with embryonic cell experimentation. Why is success being ignored? Our country is in the midst of grave financial losses. Money should not be wasted. Build upon the success of adult stem cell medical treatments.

6367 05/02/2009 at 11:31:25 AM Self     To Whom Concerned, My husband and I oppose this embryonic stem cell research. Where is the outrage from PETA? Are we not still part of the animal kingdom? This is a moral outrage! The lawmakers that have allowed this are sick and wrong. We pray for the women that intentionally get pregnant to give their BABIES for experimental use. Or maybe we should redefine pregnancy along with marriage!

6368 05/02/2009 at 11:31:54 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds in any way for embryonic stem cell research.

6369 05/02/2009 at 11:32:34 AM Self     I strongly disagree with allowing the federal government to fund the killing of unborn children even in the form of embryos. Stem cell research is not as promising as adult stem cells. We should not be playing God with these precious lives in the name of “science.”

6370 05/02/2009 at 11:32:44 AM Self     Please protect embryos from distruction. A life is a life no matter how small. Adult stem cell research has much more potential for helping save lives then embryo stem cell reseach.

6371 05/02/2009 at 11:33:06 AM Organization     To use stem cells for reasearch is a major sin per the Bible. Anyone who is a Christian must reject sin or risk of going to hell.

6372 05/02/2009 at 11:34:22 AM Self     Funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and are no longer needed for that purpose SHOULD NOT BE AUTHORIZED. Embryos are potential humans and should not be wasted in this manner.

Funding should instead be focused and restricted to human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. It will be many years before we have learned all there is to learn about the uses of adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Focus on that first, there may never be a need to use the embryonic research.

6373 05/02/2009 at 11:35:32 AM Self     I DO NOT approve of using my taxpayer money to fund research using human embryo. These embryos should be used for the purpose they were donated for and NOT treated as "left over human beings who have no reason to live". I stongly request that you use adult stem cells for what ever research is needed but STOP killing people (unborn babies) to get the stem cells. And again I don't want to pay for your inhumanity to man.

6374 05/02/2009 at 11:36:05 AM Self     Shame on you. God is the only one who is to decide who and what lives or dies. May He forgive you.

6375 05/02/2009 at 11:36:10 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

6376 05/02/2009 at 11:36:10 AM Self     I want to register our opposition to changing the rules regarding the destruction of Embrionic stem cells.

This is a dead end path with no reason fro pursuing beyond some political and funding sources. With the widening and PROVEN use of adult stem cells there is no reason to pursue the destruction of fertilized embrionic cells.

There destruction is noting more than murder by another name. Life is precious lets protect it and keep the rules as they are. If companies wish to pursue this reasearch let them fund it if its so promising. Otherwise please use my tax dollars for better purposes. Thanks

6377 05/02/2009 at 11:37:18 AM Self     I am against federal funding for stem cell research that requires harvesting of stem cells from any unborn child regardless of the many terms it may be called and at which stage of development it has achieved.

6378 05/02/2009 at 11:37:24 AM Self     Many many peopleOppose the use of your taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. You are actually outnumbered on this. Please re-consider, for the sake of human beings.

6379 05/02/2009 at 11:37:43 AM Self     I oppose 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.




6381 05/02/2009 at 11:37:48 AM Self     I am opposed to the Embryonic Stem Cell (ESC) research on the basis that it requires the destruction of a viable human embryo, thus ending a human life. This is in opposition to your statement in the summary of your guidelines that say research will be "ethically responsible." These words are suspiciously absent from the actual guidelines and are inconsistent with the taking of innocent life. Further in the summary and in Section II.A., it says that research will be "scientifically worthy." ESC research has been conducted for more than 20 years I believe, yet no cures have been forthcoming and nothing of value has been learned except that ESCs cause cancer, tumors and other abnormal growth. On the other hand, adult stem cell research using ips technology, cord blood stem cells, etc., has yielde more than 70 cures. You state in the Supplementary Information, "Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis." This is true, and has been realized using Adult Stem Cells already. However, ESCs have not produced any hint of hope for cures at the cost of million of human lives. In Section I of the guidelines, you say, "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos." This statement is either supposed to make you feel better about what you are funding or is deliberately meant to mislead the public. Yes, ESCs are not human embryos. However, they cannot be extracted without destroying a human embryo. If you persist in publishing these guidelines, at least be upfront about what you are doing. Interestingly, in Section II. B. 1. you say that the donor must be provided this information: "All options pertaining to use of embryos no longer needed for reproductive purposes were explained to the potential donor(s)." I wonder what those options are? Please explain them in your guidelines. Do they include adoption of the embryo by another family that either cannot have children otherwise? I would like to see the options in writing. Also in II.B.7.d. it says the donor must also be provided "Information about what would happen to the embryos in the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research." Again, I would like to see what they are speicifically told. Do they understand that the embryo is being destroyed and that there is disagreement among Americans about whether or not this is the destruction of human life?

In addition to being morally opposed to ESC research, I am also opposed to being taxed to do research that is both unethical and unscientific.

6382 05/02/2009 at 11:40:18 AM Self     i feel this merely a govt scheme to ultimately buy and sell baby parts of abortions and should be stopped at all costs there is no benefit to using unstable cells of infants.

6383 05/02/2009 at 11:41:09 AM Self     Please let us go on record as being opposed to the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. Where as embryonic stem cell research involves creating babies specifically for killing them in research, we are opposed for moral reasons. We do not believe in destroying human life for the betterment of a few others. In addition to this, whereas, there has been significant progress in adult stem cell research (which kills no one) there has been absolutely no success recorded or any facts proven that embryonic stem cell research has accomplished anything of worth. We believe our tax dollars should be used for better purposes than such things that oppose the morals of millions of citizens.

6384 05/02/2009 at 11:42:11 AM Self     I am writing in regard to the use of left-over embyonic stem-cells that are being considered for use by NIH. I want it known that I am totally opposed to this use and encourage NIH to put the embryonic stem-cells out for adoption. This is a crime against humanity and certinly not justified as it has been proven they have not saved a single life but adult stem-cells are being used with great results. There is no need to kill the beginning of a child. Please stop this craziness.


6385 05/02/2009 at 11:43:52 AM Self     This bill is reprehensible. It is totally against what many Americans believe in and yet we are being forced to fund this travesty.

It is a known fact that in 25 years of research NOT ONE SINGLE CURE has ever been found from research on embryonic stem cells yet it is continually put out there that this is the ONLY cure for this that and the other disease. If you are so convinced that this is the only option, put up your own money and continue working on the lines that already exist.


6386 05/02/2009 at 11:44:01 AM Self     I am strongly opposed to the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

6387 05/02/2009 at 11:44:08 AM Self     I ask that you not open the door for more research on human embryos. These children left over from in vitro fetilization could be adopted instead of sent to their deaths. Research has also proven that adult stem cell research has far exceeded results and uses of human embryos. I just read that there were 70 diseases helped by stem cells and ZERO from human embryros thus far. Let put the research and the money were it will do the most good - ADULT STEM CELLS.

6388 05/02/2009 at 11:45:46 AM Self     I am writing to voice my opposition to using my tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research, but rather I would like to see those dollars go into adult stem cell research. That's where the success has been demonstrated. Press into those areas. To use cells which do not require the death of an individual who has no choice in the matter. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

6389 05/02/2009 at 11:46:23 AM Organization Revival Outreach Center 225 N. Dover Rd. Dover, FL 33527 We are tired of having our pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. We oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. As Stated in document "The purpose of these draft Guidelines is to implement Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009, as it pertains to extramural NIH- funded research, to establish policy and procedures under which NIH will fund research in this area, and to help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law." We do not believe this is ethically responsible or scientifically worthy so we ask it to be stopped.

6390 05/02/2009 at 11:46:29 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. The statement "The most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies." has no scientific success to back it up, but there are currently over 1100 FDA approved clinical trials going on in the United States using adult stem cells with success stories of people who have been helped by adult stem cell therapies. Therrefore, it is financially and ethically irresponsible to fund this research.

6391 05/02/2009 at 11:46:42 AM Self     Please support embryonic stem cell research. It is such a vital tool in aiding and saving our loved ones who are stricken with horrible deseases.

6392 05/02/2009 at 11:47:02 AM Self     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. We oppose research that destroys human life. The ends do not justify the means. Sincerely,

6393 05/02/2009 at 11:47:30 AM Self     When does life begin? As a human race we haven't agreed on this. God, the God I worship, says "before I knit you in your mother's womb, I knew you". This I believe is when life begins, at or perhaps before conception. As you can imagine I am vehemently opposed to using human lives (embryos that placed in the womb would become as alive as you or I) for research of any kind. I DO NOT want my money being used to fund activities that violate my beliefs.

Though the minority seems to have the louder voice, I believe that I am in the majority who do not want their tax dollars used to destroy other human beings for research purposes.

6394 05/02/2009 at 11:47:57 AM Self     God values all life.... to destroy these precious lives is plain wrong. Whether you believe in God or not, all will stand before God as individuals for judgement. One can choose to ignore him here on this earth or say that he doesn't exist, but do you really want to take that chance? After all, come judgement time there are no excuses. It is not a political event where all things are explained away to fit whatever dogma is the theme of the day. All I know is that on judgement day you do not want God to say: " I never knew you". Eternity is beyond our comprehension as is the ways of God. I pray for those lives without a voice and I pray for those of you who have chosen to take away the voice of the unborn.

6395 05/02/2009 at 11:47:59 AM Self     My sister-in-law as well as some friends suffer from Parkinsons. I am most anxious for our government to allow, encourage, and fund research on all types of stem cells to cure this awful disease.

6396 05/02/2009 at 11:48:59 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. Many of the advancements that have been made in the arena of stem cell research have come from adult stem cells or umbilical cord stem cells.

Research using human embyos, while offering possible advancement in the field of science, compromises basic ethical principles.

6397 05/02/2009 at 11:49:55 AM Self     I am opposed to the destruction of embroyos at taxpayers expense. I also feel these embroyos could be adopted instead of being sentenced to death. The success is with adult stem cells.

6398 05/02/2009 at 11:50:02 AM Self     American tax dollars should not be used for embryonic stem cell research. This is murder and maybe those in government that try to pass this on to the people shouldn't have the right to life themselves. Life is a gift of God and we have no right to take it into our own hands. Those who offend God, I believe will someday ultimately pay - including the american people who are for this insane and immoral practice.

6399 05/02/2009 at 11:50:04 AM Self     I do not support 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 disagree vehemently with opening federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not want my tax dollars to fund experiments on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. We should instead be promoting the adoption of these human embryos, instead of requiring their death.

6400 05/02/2009 at 11:50:19 AM Self     I am opposed to the continued use of embryonic cells for the stem cell research.

6401 05/02/2009 at 11:50:44 AM Self     How can there be real debate? Murder is WRONG. How can we then legalize killing our own children? Yes, they are at an early stage of development, but that doesn't make them any less our children. After all, we have many stages of development from conception to natural death at an old age... we look different at each and may not be "productive" at either end of the life span. Our value is in LIFE itself, not in what we can do.

Ronald L. Conte Jr. explained the morality of embryonic vs adult stem cell research clearly in

A prenatal is defined as any human being from conception to birth. Human life begins at conception and develops through several different stages until the prenatal is viable outside the womb and is born. The word “prenatal” means “before birth.” A prenatal is a developing human being... Embryonic stem cells are, by definition, cells from a developing human being. And this developing human life is terminated for the sake of these medical experiments... Any method for obtaining embryonic stem cell that results in the death of the prenatal is gravely immoral, regardless of how the embryo's life begins.

The end does not justify the means, so even if embryonic stem cell research offered unique benefits, it would still be immoral and unjustifiable. But, in fact, embryonic stem cell research does not offer anything that could not be derived instead from adult stem cells.

6402 05/02/2009 at 11:52:16 AM Self     Please be aware that I am opposed to the use of my (tax payer) money to conduct experiments that rely on killing embryonic humans. There is so much profitable research being done on adult stem cells, that this (ESC) is not even necessary, but more than that, Embryonic Stem Cell Research is offensive and immoral. It is murder, and I can not support that with my hard earned dollars. thank you for listening.

6403 05/02/2009 at 11:52:25 AM Self     As a concerned voter, I would much rather see my tax dollars going to research adult stem cells, which has proven to have more potential, than to go to the destruction of these embryos, which has proven to be pretty uneffective. Let's put our money into what's working, and not destroying life. Thank you

6404 05/02/2009 at 11:52:30 AM Self     We oppose embryonic stem cell use.Research has shown that umbilical cord or adult stem cells are much more productive and do not violant moral codes concerning life!!!

6405 05/02/2009 at 11:52:51 AM Self     This is to urge you not to use public funding for embryonic stem cell research of any kind. There are too many moral issues involved with such action. [Personally, it is my conviction that life begins at conception. Every life is important.] In addition, much progress has been shown with adult stem cells. Progress with embryonic stem cells is apparently minimal, at best. If people want to work with embryonic stem cells, funding should be private and not public. Thank you.

6406 05/02/2009 at 11:53:33 AM Self     I oppose all use of taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

6407 05/02/2009 at 11:54:00 AM Self     The human embryos "left-over" from in-vitro fertilization procedures should be adopted and not slaughtered. These are humans, not abstract pieces of meat in a dish.

Not one single notable advance in science has ever come from embyronic stem cell research, every advance has come from adult stem cell research, and you know it.

I opposed any use of my tax dollars to fund this scientifically baseless research. I oppose the use of my potential fellow Americans in your "experiments". This twisted mind set has the potential to open the door to mass "farming" of humans for their parts. I oppose this and so does my family.

I resent this administration's slaughter of my fellow Americans because their inability to acknowledge human life is "beyond my pay grade". Honestly, grow up. If these are not humans, then what are they? This will lead to continued devaluation of the sanctity of human life. If it is OK to slaughter human embryos, what is to stop you from running your Mengalla like experiments on other defenseless human life?

Stop killing Americans. I want cures for many illnesses as much as the next person, but not at the expense of human life. When you use evil to fight evil, evil still wins.

6408 05/02/2009 at 11:54:07 AM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

6409 05/02/2009 at 11:54:27 AM 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


6411 05/02/2009 at 11:57:00 AM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

It has been proven over and over that any kind of Embryonic Stem Cell research does not work. Why do we keep doing it, wasting tax payers dollars, in a stressed economy. We are fooling around with God's creations and it is just wrong.

There has been proof that Adult Stem Cell use has had some results and good ones.

Why would we continue to do something that is not only wrong, but a waste of money. It is a good indication of how this country is going and it is not good for our well being.


6412 05/02/2009 at 11:57:48 AM Self     First of all, I believe a human life is precious at all stages of life. Yes, even in the embryonic stage of life. However, I am going to approach this from an economical point of view. From the reports I have heard, stem cell research is not producing the same results in embryonic as to Adult. Stem cell research is far more productive with scientific breakthroughs and results. Why in this economy would want to support a money pit ( Embryonic Stem Cell research). It seems to me that the people pushing this research have their own personal agenda, rather than striving for medical advancements that will help all humans. I don't want my tax paying dollars going to a program that is proven not to bring in results. That is insane. If President Obama is endorsing this program of failing stem cell research, how can he be taken seriously about what is right for this country.

6413 05/02/2009 at 11:59:20 AM Self     As a democrat, I deplore your murderous action. Your destruction of human life which, as with most things in life, boils down to making another dollar is disgusting. Who would have ever thought that things would get to the point that people in our own country would be worse than the Nazis of Germany. What does NIH stand for?? Is it Nazis InHumane??

6414 05/02/2009 at 11:59:30 AM Self     I oppose embryonic stem-cell use for any purpose, because it means taking the life of a human being. An embryo is a human being. To kill an embryo for stem-cell research is immoral and inhumane. Psalm 139:16 says we are already special to God as a fetus. ("Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus. Every day ?of my life? was recorded in your book before one of them had taken place." [God's Word. 1996, c1995 (electronic ed.) (Ps 139:16). Grand Rapids: World Publishing.]

6415 05/02/2009 at 11:59:48 AM Organization His Kingdom Reign   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.


Please note that, for NIH funded research using the permitted human embryonic stem cells, the requirements of the Department's protection of human subjects regulations, 45 CFR part 46, may or may not apply,depending on the nature of the research.


i. A statement that the results of research using the human embryonic stem cells may have commercial potential, and a statement that the donor(s) would not receive financial or any other benefits from any such commercial development.


6416 05/02/2009 at 12:00:11 PM Self     Please do not allow allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Specifically, these Guidelines describe the conditions and informed consent procedures that would have been required during the derivation of human embryonic stem cells for research using these cells to be funded by the NIH. NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed under these Guidelines.

6417 05/02/2009 at 12:01:06 PM Self     Please do not spend Tax Payer Money on something that has, as of yet, produced one tangible piece of medical evidence of proof. I am imploring you to make the decision to instead focus on Adult Stem, or other alternative methods, which to date, have produced many miraculous effects and results.

6418 05/02/2009 at 12:02:37 PM Self     I find it utterly disturbing that an administration can come into office and unilaterally override a previous administrations action. The matter of embryonic stem cell research is just such an example. On the matter, I have great concern that the new administration feels that the American public as a whole is in support of their actions. I am here to state that we are not. There is an unfortunate massive silent majority in this wonderful country of ours that feel it is immoral to proceed in the direction of stem cell research. The actions about to be taken are a clear indicator that the motivation behind such an action is selfish and self serving. It seems quite clear to this writer that a small percentage of the general public with loved ones in dire medical situations are the driving force behind this action. Though most of a population can empathize/sympathize with the emotional wants of a person inflicted with an incurable disease it should never lead to blind changes in existing morals and ethics. I hope that at some point someone will look into the eyes of the American people with objectivity and not self righteous causes.

6419 05/02/2009 at 12:02:40 PM Self     We are against the use of embryonic stem cell use when the use of other adult stem cells would accomplish the same function as far as research is concerned. This promotes abortion for the purpose of harvesting stem cells.

6420 05/02/2009 at 12:02:53 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to be used for the destruction of human embryos. I believe a better solution is to allow them to be adopted by those who desire to have children.

Thank you.

6421 05/02/2009 at 12:03:15 PM Self     Dear Sirs, We would that you consider the public outcry that embryonic stem cell research not be funded by our government. So many strides have been made in adult stem cell research that this moral dilemma not even be considered. Embryonic stem cell research is a great waste of embryo and our tax money.

6422 05/02/2009 at 12:03:59 PM Self     I am opposed to federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells allowing the NIH to use new guidelines to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. I believe that instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

6423 05/02/2009 at 12:04:56 PM Self     Please uphold the funding of only old stem cell line research. An embryo is a human life!!! It is disgusting that a "left over" embryo is treated as a lab rat- please respect the dignity of life. Choosing to give some embryos for research is like a mother giving some of her kids to war, or slavery. Follow your conscience and respect life.

6424 05/02/2009 at 12:06:31 PM Self   I don't understand why people think killing babies helps others in stem cell research, when there have been zero people helped with any stem cells from fetuses. Many have been saved from adult stem cells, so the logical thing is to use them. Please do everything you can to stop this needless murdering of babies in the womb with the illogical excuse of helping others.

6425 05/02/2009 at 12:07:43 PM Self     To Who It May Concern:

Please hear us we strongly oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. This is not our will of what to be done we our money! This should not happen!

Thank you,

6426 05/02/2009 at 12:07:45 PM Self     Pres. Obama, you do not have to KILL LIFE, in order to take a small chance or a large chance on trying to save life! It just doesn't work! Just as God said "Do not take innocent blood" aka " pre-meditated murder,of the most innocent ones, in society," you should be aware that HE WILL PAY you back, in ways that you really do not want! It is a fearful thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob! You won't be calling US--those who OPPOSE Embryonic Stem Cell Research,"Right-wing Radicals Enemies", but you will be ASKING US on how to help you, in America, as ALL HELL WILL COME AGAINST YOU, Pres. Obama & yours. Of course, I would be more than glad to help my country of America, & therefore, YOU! Time is coming, & coming SOON, when you will want a prayer warrior & Prophetess of the God of Truth to help you! Adult Stem Cells are even better to use, according to Oprah's--Dr. Oz, these other stem cells also turn into CANCER CELLS & there is no way they can be stopped from that. You are defeating your own call for "HELPING AMERICANS & others." Please reconsider this subject. Sincerely,

6427 05/02/2009 at 12:08:13 PM Self     President Bush's policy to allow funding for research that involves embryonic stem cells to be taken from HUMAN embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001 was bad enough. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines, with no obvious advantages to promoting HUMAN health or welfare. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of HUMAN embryos for their cells. However, emulating Caligula, Caesar of Rome, President Barack Obama issued an executive order on March 9, 2009 that overturned (a prior ruler) President Bush's policy opening the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research that creates an incentive to destroy HUMAN life with no recourse to the HUMAN being destroyed. President Obama designated the National Institute of Health to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. On April 23, the National Institute of Health 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. It is my view, based on a Christian perspective that all life is precious and that HUMANs should not kill HUMANs, especially when said HUMAN's cannot defend themselves. Shades of Holocaust! We have the ability to create stem cells from adult tissue that have _PROVEN_ effective. Why must we kill our unborn? To me this is inhumane.

6428 05/02/2009 at 12:10:08 PM Self     I urge you to not approve the use of Human Stem Cells as research tools at my expense. My conscience does not approve the use of my tax money for this purpose.

6429 05/02/2009 at 12:10:17 PM Self     Dear Sirs,

We and my family oppose the use of our taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. I write this in hopes that you will stop this proposal. This is my money that I pay and I do not want it to fund this cause. Thank you very much.

6430 05/02/2009 at 12:11:45 PM Self     It would be in the best interest of the future of this nation to stop killing and using the unborn human fetus for research and stem cell gathering. Making murder legal does not make murder any less murder.

Continued policy, though made legal by a godless president who does not fear God, will bring judgement and consequences on this nation and most directly on the souls who are choosing this day whom they will serve, God or a godless tradition of man. Stop these great sins of murder on the most innocent among us ... and ask for God's Wisdom from today on, and fall on God's Mercy and Grace to Save from eternal death of the soul.

6431 05/02/2009 at 12:11:46 PM Self     Comment on the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines: I would like to register my request that you consider the human embryos as what they are: live human babies. Consider that you are considering murder when you want to kill them so you can perform stem cell research on them. They should be offered to childless couples for adoption instead of being murdered. It has been found that more medical cures have been found in adult stem cells, and that basically stem cell research in unborn babies has proved quite fruitless. PLEASE, I beg of you, to have mercy on these helpless babies who cannot speak for themselves. Because of my stand for these helpless infants, I beg you not to use my tax dollars for this "work" you propose to do on them. Sincerely,

6432 05/02/2009 at 12:12:49 PM Self     Please allow federal funding for stem cell research to go ahead and aloow hope for people afflicted with so many different diseases.My husband has Parkinsons disease and we are fully aware what a wonderful thing stem cell research is and are so happy that president Obama has given priority status to this research.

6433 05/02/2009 at 12:12:55 PM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. Use adult stem cells - they are available and taking of life is not required.

If Congress has not been able to establish when life begins, why is there so much death in our culture when it comes to embryonic stem cell research, abortions, and partial birth abortions? No federal funds should go to any of this.

So many people seem to scream about "separation of church and state". Yet the State has no problem using the tax dollars of church going, God-fearing people for things that our conscience and our faith stand wholeheartedly against! Where is the justice in that? How does that guarantee me, or the silent unborn, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?

Stop listening the the lobbyists of Planned Parenthood and other butcher shops and listen to the will of the people!

6434 05/02/2009 at 12:13:08 PM Self     I am in opposition of the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research, and I don't want my tax dollars to fund the killing of embryo's to further this kind of research. Thank you for hearing my voice and opinion on this matter.

6435 05/02/2009 at 12:14:30 PM Self     To whom it may concern: I completely oppose any and all Human Embryonic Stem Cell research, regardless of when/how the Embryonic Stem Cells were obtained. I completely oppose any use of local, state or federal funds for such research. The adoption of these human embryos (actual human beings) should be promoted, rather than these draft guidelines, which would require their death.

6436 05/02/2009 at 12:14:37 PM Self     I oppose the funding of research on embryotic stem cells. That requires killing an innocent baby that God has sent to us for a purpose. Maybe the one we kill for stem cell research is the very one with the information we need. Please do not approve the funding of embryotic stem cell research.

6437 05/02/2009 at 12:14:58 PM Self     I wish to voice my objection to ESCR that will be used to create and destroy human embryos. I also oppose the use of federal monies to fund this research. These embryos should be used for adoption and not to further scientific projects that are against the laws of God and nature.

6438 05/02/2009 at 12:16:04 PM Self     To all whom it may concern: I completely oppose any and all Human Embryonic Stem Cell research, regardless of when/how the Embryonic Stem Cells were obtained. I completely oppose any use of local, state or federal funds now or in the future, for such research. The adoption of these human embryos should be promoted, rather than these draft guidelines, which would require their death.

6439 05/02/2009 at 12:16:49 PM Self     Please do not kill or condone the killing of babies for research purposes. Human life is way too precious for that.

6440 05/02/2009 at 12:17:52 PM Self     We oppose using human stem cells as experiments. There are alternative stem cells avail. that do not require death. We want the disrespect and disregard for human life to stop in the government. As we protect the seals, brown bears, and eagles to name a few...we need to protect those that bear the image of their God...humans.

6441 05/02/2009 at 12:18:27 PM Self     To Whom it may concern:

Thank you for providing ordinary citizens the opportunity to speak to your guidelines on the use of human stem cells. Here are my comments:

Twenty-three patients regained their eyesight following limbal (ADULT) stem cell transplants. This treatment has helped many suffering from blindness for years, including victims of Iraqi mustard gas attacks. In 2005, Senator Brownback held a press conference where he introduced two young ladies who were paralyzed, one a quadriplegic. Both of them are now able to walk with braces, due to ADULT stem cells. In South Korea, a 20-year-old quadriplegic woman received transplanted umbilical cord (ADULT)stem cells to the site of her spinal injury. She is now mobile with a walker. A 52-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis in 38 joints was treated with ADULT stem cells from her sister. While still in the hospital, her morning stiffness ceased. One year later, she is free of the disease and off medication. Innsbruck, Austria doctors have used ADULT stem cells from patients' muscles to successfully treat urinary stress incontinence. Eighteen of twenty remain continent one year later. In Argentina, stems cells from a diabetic patient's OWN bone marrow were fed into his pancreas through an artery. His glucose levels returned to normal with no need for medication. Scientists in Portugal are using olfactory enshething glial (ADULT stem) cells from the lining of a patient's nose to treat spinal cord injuries. In the U.S., Germany, Brazil and France, human patients have been treated with their OWN stem cells to regenerate heart muscle destroyed during a heart attack or injury. In most cases, this was successful. And the list goes on... As I'm sure you are aware, after over 20 years of research, there have been NO human successes in the use of embryonic stem cells. I would recommend that your Human Stem Cell Guidelines support the efforts of researchers to find even cures through the use of ADULT stem cells.

Thank you for your consideration of my comments.

6442 05/02/2009 at 12:19:08 PM Self     To all those whom it may concern: I completely oppose any and all Human Embryonic Stem Cell research, regardless of when/how the Embryonic Stem Cells were obtained. I completely oppose now or in the future, any use of local, state or federal funds for such research. Adoption of these human embryos should be promoted, rather than these draft guidelines, which would require their death.

6443 05/02/2009 at 12:19:25 PM Self     Please do not use embryonic stems cells in research for cures. Adult stem cells have proven to give good results without ending human life. Embryonic cells mutate into tumors and bring no results. All research should first protect human life. We need the embryos used to bring more humans to life.

6444 05/02/2009 at 12:19:29 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.

We oppose these regulations because of the destruction of human life which is against our beliefs and using our tax dollars to do it. It is immoral and should be illegal in our view to do this.

6445 05/02/2009 at 12:19:40 PM Self     Little new born babies are such a wonderful source of pure joy. When a baby is born, new hope is being born into the world and there is one more person who will somehow make a difference in this world. Although stem cell research brings about many benefits, embryonic stem cell research gravely violates human rights to life. Every human being deserves the chance to live and when you deprive a helpless, innocent human being, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, in order to run tests on the baby's stem cells, you have done more evil than good. Although stem cell research may lead to many great discoveries in the future, stem cells from an embryo should not be used. After all, by taking an unborn baby's life, you might just be killing the next great scientist who will find a risk-free cure for multiple fatal diseases. All life is precious and we should take the task of defending those who can't defend themselves more seriously.

6446 05/02/2009 at 12:20:48 PM Self     To anyone whom it may concern: I completely oppose any and all Human Embryonic Stem Cell research, regardless of when or how the Embryonic Stem Cells were obtained. I completely oppose now or in the future, any use of local, state or federal funds for Human Embryonic Stem Cell research. Adoption of each of these human embryos should be promoted, rather than these draft guidelines, which would require their death.

6447 05/02/2009 at 12:21:18 PM Self     This is an appalling usse of tax dollars and shows no regard for the beliefs of so many of us who find this to be a morally reprehensible act. Our tax dollars should not be used in a way that is unnecessary when adult stem cells have already been proven to be more useful than embryonic stem cells.

6448 05/02/2009 at 12:21:25 PM Self     The facts speak for themselves. No medical breakthroughs or cures, discoveries, etc, to this date, from embryonic stem cells and/or research with same. None. Millions of dollars and embryos have been "spent"/are being wasted for nothing. It's a dead end. Please face the scientific/medical facts of this issue and do the honorable thing and shut down the industry, and that's what it is, an industry. Adult stem cells are already being widely used to save lives in marrow transplants, 100's of other proven and practiced medical procedures, right now, and for many years past. There is absolutely no need or practical value to embryonic stem cell research, nor is it ethically/morally right to use, dispose of, experiment with and destroy human or animal embryos, when disposable, non-living sources (umbilical and adult stem cells readily available) may be used. There will be a Divine moral accountability for the lack of truth by proponents of this issue, and the resulting destruction of human life being carried out in embryonic stem cell research. Please stop this practice. Respectfullly,

6449 05/02/2009 at 12:21:25 PM Self     Stop the use and tax-payer funding on EMBRYONIC stem cells. All scientific testing to date has shown great progress in the treatment of diseases with the use of ADULT stem cells. To date, not one single case using embryonic cells has proven to work but in fact has shown serious faults including cancerous acting developments. It is a waste of tax dollars to continue to fund vague "possibilities" that have not shown any promise with EMBRYONIC cells. Putting all of this money towards the adult stem developments has and will continue to produce proven treatments sooner for all illness.

6450 05/02/2009 at 12:22:14 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans, including my husband and young son who have Parkinson's Disease and Insulin Dependent Diabetes, suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and our entire family has been following progress in this field with great hope and anticipation. 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.

6451 05/02/2009 at 12:22:32 PM Self     President Obama's new guidelines have been a dramatic improvement over Fmr. President Bush's policy for HES research. It is a very practical thing to use HES for research which were otherwise earmarked for destruction. I am in favor of these studies. However there is still more scope, and restrictions such as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment stand between catching up on lost time and progressing beyond our wildest imaginations. Companies such as Advanced Cell Technology (ACTC) that claim to have developed technologies that can be used to develop stem cell lines without destroying the embryo need more funding and thus a quota must be set aside for them to enhance their research.

6452 05/02/2009 at 12:22:38 PM Self     I am NOT in favor of our tax dollars paying for ESC research on those stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization!

I would request, that instead of sentencing these 'leftover' embryos to death, that the guidelines for NIH would 'promote the adoption' of these tiny humans.

Again, I am NOT in favor of ESC research on these 'leftover' embryos, but I AM in FAVOR of applying more NIH research to the Adult Stem Cells.

6453 05/02/2009 at 12:24:21 PM Self     Please do not let our tax dollars fund embryonic stem cell research. Stem cells from adults, placenta or embryonic cord are all acceptable and work!!!

6454 05/02/2009 at 12:25:25 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells taken after August 9, 2001.

6455 05/02/2009 at 12:25:47 PM Self     There is no true scientific data to support further embryonic stem cell research. There for no government funding should be used, and no human embryo should be destroyed for such purposes.

6456 05/02/2009 at 12:26:15 PM Self     We very much oppose opening federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. We do not want our tax dollars used 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,which we do not support. Please stop promoting this legislation!

6457 05/02/2009 at 12:27:29 PM Organization Grand Traverse Area Parkinson's Support Group (GTAPSG) Grand Traverse Area Parkinson's, 10049 East GrandView Court, Traverse City , MI, 49684 My support of the stem Cell initiative is very personal. My husband died two years ago having taken the intolerable journey of Parkinson's Disease (PD). He was a brilliant and passionate man. Spoke seven languages fluently, PHD in finance. Believed in people and their ability to grow and prosper with hard work. An avid sailor and wonderful father and grandfather. PD stole every facet of his life and took a great toll on the family as we watched our loved one become immobile in both mind and body.

The toll on the family is great, however the loss to the community of the ability of the person with PD to contribute to society is The financial burden,and the added need to utilize medical and social services could be avoided if only a cure can be orchestrated.

I have three support groups I work with, they are intelligent, resourceful, supportive and caring. Their journey with PD is slow and relentless, their caregivers are steadfast and tired. I am trying to give some incite in to the daily challenge of Parkinson's disease. My thanks and sincere hope that the outcome will be beneficial to all who may benefit from the STEM CELL INITIATIVE.

6458 05/02/2009 at 12:28:11 PM Self     Why are you pushing to use more tax dollars on research that has proven of no value since its inception? Why do you want to destroy for research in vitro ferilized embryos which are human beings? Adult stem research has proven to be very effective on a variety of diseases. Why don't you fund that? Or are you too intent on destoying human life at inception and throughout the first 9 months of development?

6459 05/02/2009 at 12:29:18 PM Self     Nothwithstanding the scientific merits or lack thereof, this research and funding has ethical and moral considerations. I oppose the use of public tax dollars to fund any type of human embryonic stem cell research. I am not alone in this position, and others have similar positions. Therefore, public funding of research involving human embryonic stem cell should be limited to cases where non-embryonic stem cells cannot be used in the research. This would be a prudent policy for NIH to adopt in light of the ethical issues and public sentiment.

It is also remarkable that "Department of Health and Human Services regulations for Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR part 46, establish safeguards for individuals who are the sources of many human tissues used in research, including non-embryonic human adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells." There is a reference in the draft to a requirement of informed consent. However, when the tissue of a human embryo is used in research, the consent of that human is never obtained.

Also, given that in section II.B.5 of the guidelines, there is requirement for consent for the donation at the time of the donation, this consent ought to be renewed for two reasons: 1. The expansion of research possibilities for the donated tissues now permitted, and 2. The donor may want to change his or her decision in light of this or other factors.

Thank you for the opportunity to enter my comments.



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