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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.

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7659 05/03/2009 at 05:49:55 PM Self     Please reconsider the use of embro stem cell rescearch. This is no more than abortion on demand and god will seek revenge on our great nation if we do not change the course of our morality.

 
7660 05/03/2009 at 05:53:09 PM Self     Re: April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice - Public Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

These embryos contain all of the elements of a human life in each one. They were meant to be given the chance for life. How is it that now they are to be dissected and experimented upon. A soul lives in each embryo at the moment the egg is fertilized. What authority except God's authority gives the right over life and death.

I vote against embryonic stem cell research and the funding thereof.

 
7661 05/03/2009 at 05:53:27 PM Self     I am sure that if "extra" fertalized embryos are used, soon the supply of "extra" fertalized embryos will increase in order to make money off them. I am convinced that humman life brgins at conception. Its very plain and simle that all that is needed from that time on is time and nutrition until we "see" something that most of us would recognize as a human baby. Just because an embryo is the earliest stage of human life dosnt make it human - of course the fact that its alive is why it is valuable to some people. If its alive, then what could it be but human life? I am opposed to experimenting on human life from the earliest stage to the final stage.

 
7662 05/03/2009 at 05:54:20 PM Self JDRF   Please continue to support this worthwhile and promising research that offers hope to so many who are suffering from illnesses that can benefit from advances in this field.

 
7663 05/03/2009 at 05:55:21 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.

 
7664 05/03/2009 at 05:55:51 PM Self     The federal government has been spending more and more of my (and other American's money) in ways that we would NEVER spend them given the choice.

I urge you to NOT open up federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. I am morally opposed to it and you should NOT take my money and spend it on this type of activity.

 
7665 05/03/2009 at 05:59:02 PM Self     According to many stem cell researchers, embryonic stem cells are the preferred stem cells for cell-based therapies. Although they tend be be more versatile than adult stem cells, other sources (including umbilical cord stem cells) have proven to be just as versatile.1 The same properties that make embryonic stem cells so versatile are also the properties that make them unusable for therapy. Unless completely differentiated prior to use in patients, these cells will migrate throughout the body to produce tumors. Experiments performed in mice and rats have shown that spontaneous tumor formation is a persistent problem.7-9 Maintaining and growing embryonic stem cell lines has also been problematic. Some of these lines have mutated, making them unusable in patients.10 The main problem with embryonic stem cell research is the problem is tissue incompatibility.11 Millions of lines must be established in order to serve a significant percentage of potential patients. The use of autologous adult stem cells (cells from the patient) eliminates the problems with tumorogenesis, mutation, and tissue incompatibility. However, since such individualized therapies could not be patented, the pharmaceutical companies have no financial incentives to pursue such therapies. In contrast, embryonic stem cell lines could be patented. Since millions of lines would be required to serve all the different tissue types of patients, pharmaceutical companies could charge a fortune for each patented line they produced. Scientists and research facilities that produced such lines would also reap large financial benefits.

The highly favorable financial aspect of embryonic stem cell research is one of the main driving forces behind the push to fund this research.

What is the value of a human life? It is the chief value by which all other values are measured. Each one of these is too precious to destroy, kill, mutilate or research. I find this research distasteful. Some rogue tainted embryonic strains have gotten into the flu shots given this year and those who took the flu shots were unknowing accomplices to this experimentation that may result in our own cancers. Stop the financial rewards. No patents should be permitted. The money should go back to the government to reduce the incentives. Who will pay for the cancers caused by this research? This is similar to Nazi experimentation. There should be no incentive to experiment on these tiny people. Each embryo is a unique individual which will never be duplicated. These embroys may be the the ones that have the potential to solve our economic problems and cure our diseases. Yet they are treated as parts. Do not let modern day experimenters put our nation in the history books as followers of the example of Dr. Mengele. Mengele was known because of experiments done at the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Extermination Camp. He reduced precious beings to cells and parts for the glory of reserach because they were going to die anyway. Sound familiar?

 
7666 05/03/2009 at 06:00:11 PM Self     I am writting to experess my concern and opposition to the new human stem cell guideliness. It is my firm belief that these are fully human babies. If they were not why would you even need them? Please reconsider this oppressive act towards completely innocent little ones. We are in slaving these babies and forcing them to give up their lives when they have not volunteered. These babies could become valuable members of our socity. Our future teachers, doctors, mothers, and fathers. You see they too will have dreams and hope as you do now. Please give them the chance to realize there full potential.

 
7667 05/03/2009 at 06:00:44 PM Organization Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures 8401 W. Dodge Rd. Ste. 100, Omaha, NE 68114 It is long past time that federal funding is made available to fund studies on additional stem cell lines created with more advanced methods and representing broader genetic and disease condition diversity. This will more rapidly advance human embryonic stem cell research (hESCR), as part of a comprehensive regenerative medicine research program.

Advances to date, such as iPSC research, have been dependent on hESCR, and future advances just in areas now known to us require it as well. A greater diversity of projects will no doubt lead in unanticipated directions.

There is ample scientific justification for hESCR, despite opponents' misrepresentations to the contrary. We have the societal infrastructure to make sure that this research is adequately reviewed and meets broad community standards.

Virtually all of the opposition to hESCR is based in particular religious commitments. There are equally strong religiously-based arguments for hESCR. The fact is that a consistent and growing majority (60%+) of the American people view hESCR as the morally correct thing to do.

This is only significant in the context of the decades long debate over beginning of life issues in this country. This majoritarian view gains its legitimacy from the thoughtful consideration and lack of prejudice underlying its development.

It is time to move forward. We strongly support federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research utilizing lines created after August 9, 2001.

***** Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures www.nebraskacures.com

 
7668 05/03/2009 at 06:01:35 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research should not be happening. Embryos are human beings as all of us are, the difference being only in their stage of development. We all know this since the process of IVF uses just such embryos to create a pregnancy in the woman's womb. There have been no successful uses of embryonic therapy. On the contrary adult stem cell therapy has produced many successful outcomes, with no bad side effects (as has happened with the embryo therapy). Adult stem cell therapy is the way to go.

Moreover, if IVF leftovers weren't bad enough it's a sure thing that cloning will be the next door to be opened. Cloning doesn't wait to become cloning at the birth of a child. It's a human being right from the beginning, although very likely a damaged physical specimen. VERY SAD! We know that so-called scientists are planning to use these little persons to harvest spare body parts to be given to others. VERY SICK!

 
7669 05/03/2009 at 06:03:20 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research should not be funded by any tax dollars as it kills human beings. Also, adult stem cell research is producing useable results and is ethical.

 
7670 05/03/2009 at 06:03:59 PM Self     We object to embroinic research on moral grounds as we believe that all human life (which begins at conception)is sacred and should be protected at all costs. Further we believe that the random killing we find in our society is due at least in part by the legalized abortion that has caused a general disrespect for human life. We don't see how you can't see the possible consequenses that will eventually arise from the proposed research. If you advance this research, you just as well legalize the selling of human body parts th the highest bidder.

 
7671 05/03/2009 at 06:04:02 PM Self     Dear President Obama, Please do not allow federal funds to be used to support the harvesting of embryonic human stem cells. We must protect those who can not help themselves.

 
7672 05/03/2009 at 06:06:02 PM Self     I am opposed to the guidelines recently drafted to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. These guidelines would require the death of the human embryos and would not allow the adoption of these human embryos. I would encourage other means for this research.

 
7673 05/03/2009 at 06:08:05 PM Self     I truly beleive it is wrong to use embryonic cells from humans for any purpose other than the creation of a human being. I also beleive God will hold us as a nation responsible for murder when this is done.Please don't allow this to happen.

 
7674 05/03/2009 at 06:10:25 PM Self     Good morning,

Experimentation on human beings is not necessary in order to develop the therapeutic use of stem cells.

Stem cells are, in fact, currently being successfullt used therapeutically. Some are harvested directly from the individuals being treated. Successful experimentation is being done using umbilical cord blood, which clinicians are finding just as, if niot more, promising than fetal cells.

In short, there is no need to turn human beings into lab animals in order to develop stem cell therapies.

The de-humanization of human beings appears to be a key goal of this Administration. That, and the propping up of the failing abortion industry, which, as revulsion grows against it, is in declne.

There are no clinical imperatives for fetal stgem cell research aside from acccessing grant money and advancing an ideological agenda.

The NIH, an historically neutral player solely concerned with the health of the nation, should ot permit its mission to be corrupted in this way.

Respectfully,

 
7675 05/03/2009 at 06:12:48 PM Self     Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research has shown no merit. Research using Adult Stem Cells has already produced results bringing relief and healing to the ill. Adult Stem Cells can be adapted to attain the same form of flexibility previously alleged to be characteristic of only Embryonic Stem Cells. As a taxpaying citizen I protest expanding the funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research on the minimal basis of a lack of medical purpose. Adult Stem Cell Research continues to yield gains, with significant potential for the medical future. Increase funding of Adult Stem Cell Research.

I feel much consternation over those who vehemently insist on pursuing Embryonic Stem Cell Research, which has produced no results, in light of treatment advances achieved with Adult Stem Cells. IN the words of the Bard, "'tis a mystery" as to the reason for this insistence.

I suspect that this push has little to do with medical advances for the ill, and more to do with financial gain among abortion proponents.

We are sliding the slippery slope that decries the value of human life. For some, finding a medical benefit from embryonic stem cells helps advance what is actually an anti-life agenda: since surely this little tiny human being - this embryo - has no inherent individual value, we can justify taking his/her life to benefit someone we think more deserving of life... who chooses whose life has more value? Had some of these embryos been allowed to grow and live and mature, one of them might discover a medical breakthrough themselves, become a great political leader, etc....

We are near a precipice wherein infants are left to die, babies are aborted at stages later than other infants are being assisted to survive. The ethical implications astound me.

The issue, then remains: does all life matter, or are we only of value if another person decides we have value?

National Geographic channel recently aired a show entitled "In The Womb," which traced the development of various animal species from fertilization forward. (Quite a show, including ultra-sound images of lion cubs still in the womb). The narrator utters a brief sentence describing the newly fertilized egg of a lioness in one of the first miracles of life, attaching to the uterine wall: "... and so the life of a lion begins." So even less-than-conservative National Geographic recognizes that the fertilized egg *IS* a lion - at an early stage of development.

Are human embryos less human than a lion embryo is a lion? The debate over the such question of when life begins is both profound and divisive, yet many Americans, like me, hold the moral view that agrees with National Geographic's concept: that Life begins *AT* conception.

Moral and ethical questions aside, ADULT Stem Cell Research continues to bear "fruit" without destroying mine; I urge you to allocate Federal funds in that vein.

 
7676 05/03/2009 at 06:14:06 PM Self     I am tired of having my pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
7677 05/03/2009 at 06:16:52 PM Self     Human embryonic stem cells should be NOT be used for research as this violates the sanctity of human life. Furthermore, NON-embryonic stem cells from a variety of sources have well established success rates. Embryonic stem cells (requiring the death of the embryo) have no appreciable success rates. NON-embryonic stem cells have endless availability and can be made from skin cells, marrow, nasal cells, etc, eliminating the rejection problem with embryonic cells. The use of virtually unlimited NON-embryonic stem cells is cost effective and eliminates any question of moral or ethical concerns.

 
7678 05/03/2009 at 06:20:29 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.

 
7679 05/03/2009 at 06:20:58 PM Self     I support stem cell research that does not result in the killing of any life. I support all the various avenues of stem cell research except embryotic and cloning. Versus killing embryos, let's get permission from every parent to "harvest" the stem cells that exist in all the umbyllical cords of every baby born unless the parents opt to "freeze" their babies umbylical cord blood. Let's focus on adult stem cell research that has proven to be so beneficial.

I oppose embryotic stem cell research as it requires "killing" and ending the beginning life of an individual.

 
7680 05/03/2009 at 06:23:13 PM Self     I am very much opposed to tax-dollar funding of experimentation on human embryonic stem cells, according to the recent executive order that overturned the policy of the Bush administration, which kept tight regulation on the use of embryonic cells collected prior to August, 2001. This new policy actually encourages the creation and destruction of human embryos for scientific experimentation, an assult on the sanctity of human life and the obligation to respect and protect this life in any form. The embryos left over from in vitro fertilization are human in every respect and should be promoted for adoption rather tghan destroyed in scientific experimentation.

Adult stem cells have been used successfully to treat as many as seventy diseases and pose no threat to the sanctity of human life. Embryonic experimentation has been conducted for about 25 years now and have not been successful in treating ANY diseases. It is an atrocity of significant magnitude to experiment on human embryos under the guise of medical advancement. When the attitude toward human life is not upheld to be sacred and is not respected and valued, the eventual outcome for our future society is very much at risk.

Tax dollars should definitely not be used to fund such unethical experimentation.

 
7681 05/03/2009 at 06:24:03 PM Self     I oppose all forms of human cloning, whether "reproductive" to bring an infant to term, or "therapeutic," to destroy the cloned embryo for experiments. I believe that good science is also ethical science, and support biotechnologies that advance scientific knowledge and medical treatments, while valuing all human life and maintaining human dignity.

Therefore I oppose the lifting of the ban imposed by President Bush by President Obama on the use of and destruction of embryos to extract stem cells for experimentation.

 
7682 05/03/2009 at 06:25:29 PM Self     I submit that no human institution should hold the power to end another human life. I am strongly opposed to embryonic stem cell research.

Please remember World War II. The concentration camps were full of human beings who ceased to be people and were seen as nothing more than scientific fodder. Grotesque and inhumane experiments were carried out on these defenseless victims.

In the years to come I believe that embryonic research will take on a chilling resemblance to those experiments of World War II.

Please do not stand by as others are led to their slaughter.

 
7683 05/03/2009 at 06:25:40 PM Self     Destroying embryos is wrong!!!

 
7684 05/03/2009 at 06:25:58 PM Self     Please do not allow federal funds to be used for embryonic stem cell research. Instead allow adoption of the embryos. Research has already been done on adult stem cells and are helping with diseases but embryonic stem cells have not helped even with research that has been done with private funding.

 
7685 05/03/2009 at 06:26:05 PM Self     I absolutely disagree with the destruction of human embryos for medical research. Not only has private reasearch on embryonic stem cells yielded no usable results to date, ethical research on adult stem cells is making great strides in treating real patients with real illnesses. Furthermore, regardless of medical advancements, the destruction of human embryos for research is tantamount to murder - the destruction of human life at any stage for the purpose of another's advancement. I am in total opposition to having my state or federal tax dollars used to support what I consider an unethical, and ineffective, form of medical research and treatment.

 
7686 05/03/2009 at 06:29:10 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I have been following progress in this field with great interest for many years, as I have a child with autism and a parent who died with Parkinson's disease. 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.

 
7687 05/03/2009 at 06:34:59 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my tax dollars to fund research on human embryonic stem cells that are still viable. This is a poor use of resources when other stem cells lines are showing much more promise (such as adult skin stem cells). It is also violative of the deeply held moral beliefs of nearly half the people in this country. Please do all you can to limit the destruction of viable human embryos and waste of tax funds.

Thank you.

 
7688 05/03/2009 at 06:35:07 PM Self     It is wrong and un-american to use my tax dollars to fund a reseach program that I don't agree with. Please put an end to this.

 
7689 05/03/2009 at 06:37:22 PM Self     We are strongly opposed to embryonic stem cell research for the following reasons: it is an unncessary expense since adult stem cells are treating an amazing array of conditions and diseases, there are grave moral concerns that do not need to be explored because of adult stem cells and private enterprises will not touch it because of the same reasons - we do not want our hard-earned tax money going to this wasteful agenda!

Thank you for the opportunity to be heard - if you are listening!

Sincerely,

 
7690 05/03/2009 at 06:39:20 PM Self     Our country was founded on the noble idea of freedom and liberty for all. How can we be such a place when we destroy the least among us -- ones so small and weak that they cannot speak out on their own behalf? When the strong are allowed to destroy the weak for their own betterment, we have become a nation of tyrants. Humans are created in the image of God. Our founding fathers believed this. That is why our nation was conceived in liberty when the rest of the world was content to live under tyrants. May we return to our founding principals where the strong in America protect the weak.

 
7691 05/03/2009 at 06:39:39 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research. It is a shame that President Bush's policy has been overturned. The current administration's disrespect for the sanctity of human life is scandalous. I am Catholic and I am very distressed that the Catholic Church is faced with formulating a policy that is least destructive for existing frozen human embryos. This horrible situation is the product of a mankind without a conscience. Further creation of these embryos is a crime against humanity, and the new immoral policy gives free reign for further evil. I did not vote for the person who is now the current president because of his blatant disrespect for unborn human life. Shame on him!

 
7692 05/03/2009 at 06:40:24 PM Self     I have been waiting almost 23 years for this research to begin to move toward reality. My daughter has been diabetic since the tender age of 13 months. She has endured countless life-threatening episodes, including seizures and loss of consciousness. My family and I have endured the pain of watching her suffer silently on a day to day basis pracitally her entire life. I beg you to finally do the only ethical thing and grant health to those who have suffered so long. It has been particularly painful to watch this research come to a standstill as a result of the political agenda of others. I am certain she could have been cured at least a decade ago. At 5 injections and 8 blood tests a day, that is indeed a very, very long time.

 
7693 05/03/2009 at 06:41:24 PM Self     I believe in the sanctity of life and I will not encourage or participate in any way in the further killing of human embryos. This is directly against God All Mighty. We will be judged and our country will continue to fall in this moral decay.

People who support these kinds of actions against life, do not fear God nor do they know HIM. Unless we take a stand for what is right, the deintegration of the family and the depravity of man will continue to rise making this land a scary place to live, not only for us but also for our future generations.

A land without God, is a land filled with all kinds of evil.

 
7694 05/03/2009 at 06:43:10 PM Self     Given the facts that embryonic stem cell research has resulted in absolutely no medical advancement and that use of adult stem cells has already produced verified medical benefit: I respectfully request that no government funding be further wasted on embryonic cell research and the destruction of embryos for research. Thank you.

 
7695 05/03/2009 at 06:44:32 PM Self     Surely you can realize that this is a slippery slope toward the commercialization of embryonic stem cells. When will you admit that THESE ARE BABIES?

 
7696 05/03/2009 at 06:45:28 PM Self     Why is there no attention being paid to adult stem cell research, especially since that's the area where the cures are actually being demonstrated?

 
7697 05/03/2009 at 06:45:46 PM Self     We abhor the destruction of innocent human life at any stage. We further decry the use of public funds derived from taxpayers for this purpose. Even the most ignorant scientifically among us has read over and over that embryonic cell research has yet to save even one human life. Adult stem cells, causing no human life to be sacrificed, have saved many thousands of life.

Are political decisions so behind the pulse of real science that they persist in pursuing what appears to be fruitless killing just to be against a former administration.

Please do not use American money to kill Americans at any state of human development.

 
7698 05/03/2009 at 06:46:33 PM Self     I am writing to oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cell cells.

Human embryonic stem cells have provided no cures. These guidelines do not include any criteria to promote adult stem cell research which has the greatest potential for human benefit and is already showing positive results in treating patients.

I do not want my tax dollars spent on funding embryonic stem cell research.

Respectfully,

 
7699 05/03/2009 at 06:46:38 PM Self     "Sect A: Executive Order 13505, Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells."

This statement states this Execute Order for embryoic stem cell research will be irresponsible from the beginning.

"the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), through the Director of the NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law."

Sebelius as DHHS has demonstrated a clear abhorrence for life of the unborn at any stage by the decisions she has made up to this point in her life and is not capable of carrying out the preceding statement in the guideline.

The NIH as a whole is incapable of carrying out the preceding statement based on their history as chronicled by investigative journalist Leonard Horowitz in 'Emerging Viruses'.

The idea that using embryos for research because a donor signs a statement is unethical.

"II.i. A statement that the results of research using the human embryonic stem cells may have commercial potential."

The preceding statement shines the light on the NIH and Big Pharma real goal: "Its all about the Money".

Research on Adult stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells have produced hundreds of answers that are being used today and not a single one from ebryonic stem cell lines.

The Eugeneics research of the 1940's may have a new name but it is still a evil as ever.h

 
7700 05/03/2009 at 06:47:03 PM Self     I oppose creation and destruction of human embryos. Conception has occurred. Embryos are humans, although not independently viable.

Stem cells can be created by other means.

Please do not authorize the wanton murder of human embryos for stem cell research.

 
7701 05/03/2009 at 06:48:23 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. Let me add that I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1951 when I was 8 years old. While I have been relatively healthy throughout my life, I have needed extensive laser treatment for vascular problems with my eyes, and am now beginning to have occasional painful neuropathy in my legs. I now take 4 injections a day of insulin. My great hope is that stem cell research will progress so I can be cured before my life is over.

 
7702 05/03/2009 at 06:50:36 PM Self     Under the "guidelines," my tax dollars would pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. NIH should be promoting the adoption of these tiny humans rather than sentencing them to death by experimentation.

In effect, the NIH could actually be destroying the embryo of the person who one day may develop a cure for cancer. I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. In my opinion, this is ethically irresponsible.

To date, the use of adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells, show the most success and promise. In experiments done so far, embryonic stem cells are producing tumors and do not show the promise of adult stem cells. NIH should pour funding dollars into continued adult stem cell research. This would be a scientifically worthy approach.

Unfortunately, those who believe they are doing good to promote embryonic stem cell research today do not realize that the steps they are taking now will pave the way for those in the future who want to benefit financially from the destruction of human embryos. Then it becomes within the realm of possibility that women will seek to become pregnant so they can sell the embryo to science, and profit-makers will open "clinics" so they can harvest those embryos. That is not the America I want for my children's children.

Also, if we will do experiments on human embryos, then why not adult human beings? It is that very devaluing of human life that enabled Adolf Hitler to justify the experiments he did on Jews during the Holocaust of WW II.

The NIH is already headed down the slippery slope of promoting the destruction of human life. Please stop, consider the ramifications to our future generations and do not destroy human embryos for scientific research!!!!

 
7703 05/03/2009 at 06:50:59 PM Self     There is no need for embryonic stem cell research. It kills human life and has not resulted in any medical advancement. These funds should be used to increase adult stem cell research, which does not kill human life and has already had many positive results. The answer should be obvious.

 
7704 05/03/2009 at 06:51:16 PM Self     •I oppose killing human embryos. The proposed regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research I believe is unethical because it requires the destruction of human embryos. Please

 
7705 05/03/2009 at 06:52:08 PM Self     We are disgusted, disappointed and repulsed that President Obama has such a low esteem for life and for the will of the people that he wants to us MY tax dollars to snuff out innocent human life in the name of so-called research using embryonic stem cells. It has been proven scientifically proven that adult stem cell research yields a much more effective and useful result.

 
7706 05/03/2009 at 06:53:10 PM Self     I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE HUMAN STEM CELL GUIDELINES THAT OBAMA WANTS IN.

 
7707 05/03/2009 at 06:53:18 PM Self     We are disgusted, disappointed and repulsed that President Obama has such a low esteem for life and for the will of the people that he wants to use MY tax dollars to snuff out innocent human life in the name of so-called research using embryonic stem cells. It has been proven scientifically that adult stem cell research yields a much more effective and useful result.

 
7708 05/03/2009 at 06:53:26 PM Self     I vehemently oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not think that tax money should be used for embryonic stem cell research. Furthermore, why should it be supposed that these human embryos are unwanted "leftovers" from in vitro fertilization? The embryos should be available for adoption and should not be killed.

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.

On March 9, 2009 President Obama's issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). This executive order creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
7709 05/03/2009 at 06:53:54 PM Self     I vehemently oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. I do not think that tax money should be used for embryonic stem cell research. Furthermore, why should it be supposed that these human embryos are unwanted "leftovers" from in vitro fertilization? The embryos should be available for adoption and should not be killed.

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.

On March 9, 2009 President Obama's issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). This executive order creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos.

 
7710 05/03/2009 at 06:55:29 PM Self     I oppose killing human embryos. The proposed regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research I believe is unethical because it requires the destruction of human embryos.

The proposed regulations create a financial incentive for the creation of more human embryos to be destroyed to obtain their embryonic stem cells.

 
7711 05/03/2009 at 06:58:49 PM Self     Please do not establish guidelines on human embryo's which will foster trafficking in the creation of embryos or that encourage the destruction of human life.

 
7712 05/03/2009 at 06:58:51 PM Self     Dear Sir or Madam,

I urge you to uphold the previously mandated ban on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research funding by the Bush Administration. To rescind this edict will be to invite the cheapening of all human life. As scientists, you know that there are many viable alternatives to this sort of research, many of which currently have been more successful than ESCR. These alternatives should be pursued, as it would even be cheaper and require less work in the long run. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

 
7713 05/03/2009 at 06:59:10 PM Self     I am a pro-life citizen who is opposed to using human embryonic stem cells for research. Present science has found cures for diseases from adult stem cells, so crossing the bio-ethical lines to destroy human living organisms is unnecessary and unethical.

 
7714 05/03/2009 at 06:59:15 PM Self     As you are well aware, adult stem cells have largely been the stem cells successfully used to treat disease, due to eratic behavior of embryonic stem cells. There is too much risk of mutation lines, cancer, etc. with embryonic stem cells. I also object to my tax dollars being misused experimenting on human life. It would be much better to adopt pre-born humans to couples who want children but are unable to have them. You are opening an ugly pandora's box in your attempts to experiment with human life, and you have no idea where it will end--producing embryos for spare parts, cloning humans with horrible deformitiew, etc. Nothing good will come to you or the United States if you prevail in experimentation on human life.

 
7715 05/03/2009 at 06:59:55 PM Self     Why is government money being spent on dead end research. The private sector is putting it's money where the sucesses are to be found, ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH. 70 different treatments have already been successfully implemented with adult stem cells but none with embryonic stem cells.

 
7716 05/03/2009 at 07:00:34 PM Self     I am opposed to President Barack Obama's issue of an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and which has now opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) which creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Since President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research they have officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send MY tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Why are MY tax dollars being used to kill babies? I am opposed to this misuse of my money and the government ordering it.

 
7717 05/03/2009 at 07:00:51 PM Organization JDRF   To whom it may concern,

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.

 
7718 05/03/2009 at 07:03:14 PM Self     I do not think it was necessasary to change President Bush's policy that 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. This policy did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells. This new policy "would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose." This allows too much room for people to create embryos for the sole purpose of killing them to do research. Please do not institute this new policy.

 
7719 05/03/2009 at 07:04:47 PM Self     I am opposed to any usage of embryonic stem cells. I understand that adult stem cell research can be just as productive. The use of embryonic products presupposes a pregnancy that is simply a "farm" for the development of this stage of product. Pregnancy involves the creation of a human life. Even the ancient Assyrians understood this. All cultures understand that the thing growing in a woman is a person. I understand that there are adult humans with very real needs. But you do not put your own comfort above the life of another. It is that simple. 'Nuff said.

 
7720 05/03/2009 at 07:06:57 PM Self     The guidelines appear comprehensive and sensible. I support them wholeheartedly.

 
7721 05/03/2009 at 07:07:41 PM Self     By funding embryonic stem cell research (which, as yet, has produced no cures), we divert crucial tax funds from funding already-successful adult stem cell technology.

Continue funding what works; discontinue funding what doesn't. Support adult stem cell research; oppose embryonic.

 
7722 05/03/2009 at 07:08:06 PM Self     By funding embryonic stem cell research (which, as yet, has produced no cures), we divert crucial tax funds from funding already-successful adult stem cell technology.

Continue funding what works; discontinue funding what doesn't. Support adult stem cell research; oppose embryonic.

 
7723 05/03/2009 at 07:09:42 PM Self     To Whom it may concern:

A human embryo is a child. A child is not to be used for research!! There are plenty of families that would love to adopt these babies. Infertility is such a present concern. I do not want my tax dollars paying for the killing of these babies!!

Do good and give life. Do good and bring joy to arms longing to hold their adopted baby.

 
7724 05/03/2009 at 07:11:59 PM Self     I am apossed to the stem cell experiments of any kind. I ask that this law NOT be passed and it be stopped!

 
7725 05/03/2009 at 07:13:57 PM Self     I object to and oppose the use of taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. There should be no tax dollars to pay for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. This is killing instead of adopting these little humans.

 
7726 05/03/2009 at 07:19:46 PM Self     I propose that the NIH not provide any funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Since no success use of them to treat deseases has been demonstrated.

Thank you,

 
7727 05/03/2009 at 07:20:51 PM Self     1. Embryos are human beings. They have the right to life just we all do. It is never acceptable to kill another human being so another may live. 2. Embryonic stem cells have not produced one success in healing any disease. In fact, they are very volatile and often cause cancerous tumors. 3. Adult stem cells, including skin cells and cord blood stem cells have shown much promise and success in healing diseases. In fact, doctors think we are single digit years away from cures for all types of diseases using skin stem cells. 4. The government has no right to take money from tax dollars to do research on live human beings, first because they are human and living and it violates their rights and secondly, because such use of funds is unconstitutional.

 
7728 05/03/2009 at 07:21:44 PM Self     I am adamantly opposed to embryonic stem cell research since it has been proven that the same results can be obtained by using material from such things as afterbirth and skin cells. Using embryos is an unnecessary murder of an unborn child.Should this nation, or any nation,murder an innocent human being????

 
7729 05/03/2009 at 07:22:24 PM Self     There are more successes using adult stem cells than there are using embryonic. Focus research money wisely and where there are successes. This is good stewardship. Please let go of your political ties and do the right thing. Thank you.

 
7730 05/03/2009 at 07:22:53 PM Self     I have MS and feel that stem cells would offer me a chance at a normal life again. You know the joke the good news is you're not going to die, the bad news is you're not going to die. It's not so funny to me. P.S I have a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice.

 
7731 05/03/2009 at 07:25:33 PM Self     This in response to 13505. Why is it legal to use embryonic stem cells when it is a proven fact that they are humans One alternative would be to use stem cells from convicted criminals.This would eliminate some of the tax burden and give them a chance to repay some of their debut to society. Embryos have no debut to society they did not ask to be conceived.They need a chance to be born like Jesus Christ intended. One of them might be the one to turn our great society around and once again bring respect for human life.

 
7732 05/03/2009 at 07:29:29 PM Self     Please do not pass legislation to allow federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. It is morally wrong.

 
7733 05/03/2009 at 07:30:32 PM Self     I can only pray for the souls of those who are willing to murder the precious lives and try to justify their actions. God will be their judge.

 
7734 05/03/2009 at 07:30:52 PM Self     I oppose the use of taxpayer money for research which involves the killing of embryonic human beings.

 
7735 05/03/2009 at 07:34:05 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to embryonic stem cell research that will require the death of human embryos, especially using my tax dollars to fund it.

Scientific research has shown no promise for cures of any diseases or maladies using embryonic stem cells. However, adult stem cells are already being used efficaciously to treat a large number of diseases and maladies. There are no ethical restraints pertaining to adult stem cells but enormous concerns regarding the use of human embryos as guinea pigs.

 
7736 05/03/2009 at 07:34:55 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
7737 05/03/2009 at 07:35:44 PM Self     I do not support any measure that leads to the destruction of embryonic life for any purpose; please do not support this draft of the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. Thank you very much.

 
7738 05/03/2009 at 07:37:17 PM Self     I firmly believe that it is morally wrong and inhuman to grow humans in order to use their body parts for science. I am apposed to the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines that will allow embryos to be manipulated in the name of science. Embryos are humans not tissue or organs like your skin or kidneys!!! This is a holocaust!!! A violent act against the dignity of persons and it should not be put up with.

 
7739 05/03/2009 at 07:37:47 PM Self     President Obama's initiative to reverse the stem cell policy enacted by President Bush is morally reprehensible. One should not be allowed to kill one life in order to save another, especially considering that there has not been even one cure or hope of a cure from the infant stem cells that have already been harvested. Many cures have been found using adult stem cells and this has not caused the death of another human being. Furthermore, a society that refuses to protect the weakest and most vulnerable of its citizens can not be counted on to protect the most "useful" either. There are parallels between the medical experimentation in Nazi germany and the medical experimentation happening on unborn babies, and we should never revisit that horrible time for any reason. Babies are never "left over," even if they have not yet had the opportunity to be born. I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
7740 05/03/2009 at 07:39:06 PM Organization JMJ Life Center 1400 W Colonial Dr Orlando, FL 32826 On behalf of the staff and volunteers of the JMJ Life Center I respectfully ask you to curtail any funding of embryonic stem cell research. We are committed to promoting and preserving life in all stages and feel the best thing to fund is abstinence and adoption. Your consideration of this matter is gravely important to future generations. Sincerely, ***** *****JMJ Life Center

 
7741 05/03/2009 at 07:40:03 PM Self     Please do not take human embryos and allow them to be used for experimentation. This is the killing of an innocent life, a human baby.

 
7742 05/03/2009 at 07:41:03 PM Self     I disagree with Executive Order 13505 and would NOT like to see it placed into action on the grounds that the organisms from which embryonic stem cells are derived are indeed human and capable of viability. My value, as answerable to God, would be seriously compromised if I did not protest such use of taxpayer money. My rights as an American to have freedom of choice and opinion will be trampled upon should this order be put into action. That is not the mandate that the United States constitution and Bill of Rights uphold.

 
7743 05/03/2009 at 07:43:55 PM Self     Please don't use fetuses for Human Stem Cell Research especially since it has now been proven that adult stem cells taken from the diseased person are far more efficacious. Sincerely,

 
7744 05/03/2009 at 07:48:03 PM Self     Please restore President Bush's policy on embryonic stem cell research and stop tax payer funds being used to butcher babies.

 
7745 05/03/2009 at 07:51:07 PM Self     I am opposed to research done on human embryonic stem cells no matter how they are derived and what the "supposed" benefits may be. Adult stem cells have proven far more effective in treating diseases and disorders of the human body. It is an outrage that the President wants to use our hard earned dollars to pay for something so culturally divisive and morally reprehensible.

 
7746 05/03/2009 at 07:52:55 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.

 
7747 05/03/2009 at 07:55:44 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars being used for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
7748 05/03/2009 at 07:57:10 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
7749 05/03/2009 at 07:57:16 PM Self     Clearly a case of "cheery picking" your data to forward a political agenda!!

 
7750 05/03/2009 at 07:57:22 PM       Please do not extend funding beyond those already allowed. We are heading down a slippery slope of disregard for human life. Cord blood stem cells and adult and pluripotent cells provide ample cells for research in my opinion,

 
7751 05/03/2009 at 07:58:19 PM Self     I am concerned that we are looking at embryos for stem cells when it has been proved that Adult stem cells are the ones that are being used successfully. Why is the government applying these rules to this study???? Will the donors have the right to forbid this use? Our tax money needs to be going for other research or agendas rather than this which has been proven to be a failure.

 
7752 05/03/2009 at 07:59:52 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.

 
7753 05/03/2009 at 08:00:32 PM Self     My Obamaa, why are you okaying abortions??

 
7754 05/03/2009 at 08:02:15 PM Self     Please watch Oprah's show where Dr OZ explains why embryonic stem cells are not stable and adult stem cells work better.

 
7755 05/03/2009 at 08:02:45 PM Self     I do not believe that an embryo should be destroyed in order to harvest its cells. I do not want my tax dollars spent this way. I do not want tax dollars spent on abortions nor doctors and hospitals forced to perform them.

 
7756 05/03/2009 at 08:05:15 PM Self     I am totally FOR the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines as it is now written.

 
7757 05/03/2009 at 08:07:17 PM Organization jdrf 400perimeter center terrace,suite 750 atlanta georgia 30346 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. THANK YOU1291

 
7758 05/03/2009 at 08:07:56 PM Self I am aPROUD!! Roman Catholic,   I think Mr B. Obama does not care if a baby in a womb gets killed, by abortion so someone can use it's bady parts for a science project., BUT PRESIDENT BUSH CARED NOT TO LET THIS HAPPEN< Why are you allowing it MR OBAMA??? I would like to ask him, MR OBAMA~ if his daughters get pregant when older, will it be okay if someone aborts the grandchild that would be his and his wifes,??? so the grandchilds bady can be used for science experiments?? WILL that be fine with Mr B. Obama???

 



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