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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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7859 05/03/2009 at 10:19:49 PM Self     Stop using potential living children for experimentation and extermination.

 
7860 05/03/2009 at 10:21:14 PM Self     I strongly oppose my tax dollars being used for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
7861 05/03/2009 at 10:21:20 PM Self     President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. 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 are opposed to all use of embryonic stem cell research in any form. It is a failed science. Adult stem cells however do show valid biomedical use.

 
7862 05/03/2009 at 10:28:12 PM Self     why experiment with embryonic stem cells?

adult stem cells are the only ones that have produced measurable, exciting results.

as the mother of a type one diabetic, I want a cure quickly. and firmly beleive that will come from ADULT stem cells, not embryonic

I don't want my tax dollars spent on embryonic stem cell research

 
7863 05/03/2009 at 10:29:37 PM Self     I am deeply and personally offended that part of my taxes are being 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, your current draft guidelines would require their death for experimentation purposes. Life begins at conception and those who promote the taking of human life for experimental purposes are committing a grave offense against humanity. Please, Please, Please do not kill innocent human life. The blood of the innocents will be on a nation that constitutionally guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ALL life - not just those who are loved and who are wanted.

 
7864 05/03/2009 at 10:32:38 PM Self     Obama's new policy is not only morally unacceptable, it's economically irresponsible. When our country is currently trillions of dollars in debt, is it really wise to start throwing more money at something that has had a zero success rate for ten years? Also, where in the constitution does it allow for a tax to be levied to fund something like this? It doesn't. To continue in the field of ESCR is abhorrent and foolish.

 
7865 05/03/2009 at 10:33:23 PM Self     I am against the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. I believe life begins at conception. Therefore, the destruction of human embryos for research is basically the same as murder and I don't want to contribute to this cause.

 
7866 05/03/2009 at 10:33:38 PM Self     I disagree with any experimentation on embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells obtained by a donor are given by free will choice and seems a different matter to me completely and morally acceptable. I don't believe in taking away the potential life of an embryo that if allowed to grow would become a living breathing child in the name of research.

Thank You,

 
7867 05/03/2009 at 10:34:53 PM Self    

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

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

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

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

 
7868 05/03/2009 at 10:35:21 PM Self     Why? When adult stem cell research has been soooo productive do you want to destroy a life or use it as an excuse to use a life that has already been destroyed?

 
7869 05/03/2009 at 10:36:43 PM Self     To Whom it may concern, I would like to submit my opposition to using federal funds for stem cell research. Government spending is at an all time high, and this research should be completed by private companies. Thank you for your time.

 
7870 05/03/2009 at 10:37:53 PM Self     We are not in agreement that our tax dollars be spent in any way that would use human embryonic stem cells in research or any other means than to be fully developed as a human being - as was intended. We also do not agree with our tax dollars being used to abort babies who have not had the right to life. Should we not have the right to have a voice in how our hard-earned money is spent?

 
7871 05/03/2009 at 10:37:54 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of leftover human embryos from invitro fertilization for stem cell research. These embryos could be placed for adoption and are human life that needs to be treated with rights and protection.

 
7872 05/03/2009 at 10:39:45 PM Self     As a Christian, I opose stem cell funding if it causes the death of an embroy. God knows how many fetesus we have killed, lets don't add any more.

 
7873 05/03/2009 at 10:39:54 PM Self     It doesn't make any sense to fund embryonic stem cell research. Not only does it kill human embryos, which many Americans oppose. Pres Obama has also stopped funding of adult stem cell research. Adult stem cells are currently treating over 70 different diseases. There is NO evidence that embryonic stem cells will ever treat anything. Adult skin cells have been found to be just as pluripotent as embryonic stem cells. These adult stem cells should be funded, not embryonic stem cells. This just does not follow science.

 
7874 05/03/2009 at 10:40:11 PM Self     I am opposed to the destruction of embryos resulting from in vitrio fertilization. I favor allowing these human beings to be adopted by couples who have waited for a family.

Please do not so callously destroy these embryos or use them for experimentation.

Thank you.

 
7875 05/03/2009 at 10:41:06 PM Self     April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. No scientific evidence has been put forth that proves embryonic stem cells can cure disease. Adult stem cells can and do. Adults are not killed for their cells; human embryos are. It is murder to take the life of an embryo for its cells. Stop the murder of human embryos.

 
7876 05/03/2009 at 10:41:40 PM Self     It is my understanding that human embryonic stem cell research has not realized success in the use of human embryonic stem cells but, rather, has the potential for unpredictable results. On the other hand, adult stem cell research has been successful in some areas with the potential to be so in others.

I am opposed to the use of human embryonic stem cell research because it destroys human life and adult stem cell use is a viable and ethically-sound alternative.

 
7877 05/03/2009 at 10:41:57 PM Self     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. Life begins at conception!

 
7878 05/03/2009 at 10:42:19 PM Self     Taxpayers' money should not be used for any embryonic stem cell research especially in light of the current economy and deficit the government is using. This is a place to cut use of our money. If the government feels money should be used in stem cell research, then it should be directed to non-embryonic research where over 70 uses have already been put into place safely. There has been no medicinal use yet for embryonic stem cell research. Funding nonembryonic stem cell research is a much better use of taxpayer money -- more bang for the buck. Beyond the best use of taxpayers' money, there are some strong, ethical objections to the use of embryos for this research. As Dr. Gilbert Meileander states in his book, Bioethics,page 116, "[i]t is one thing for us to acquiesce in their death; it is quite another for us to embrace that death as our aim, to seize upon it as an advantageous opportunity to use them yet again for our purposes. It we do that, something will surely be lost -- something of great moral importance." For those that are interested in this research, let them send their money to the private foundations already involved. Get the government out of it.

 
7879 05/03/2009 at 10:42:42 PM Self     I do not believe that any federal funds should be made available for embryonic stem cell research.

 
7880 05/03/2009 at 10:46:28 PM Self     The destruction of human embryos for stem cell research is not only a mortal sin, regardless if your Catholic or not, but it violates the first ammendment of every living being, regardless of the stage of life, "the right to life".

How can a government claim they are working to support and safeguard the life and well being of the people, when they are killing babies not yet outside the womb.

In the criminal statutes, there is a charge of "Battery to a fetus" and "Homicide to a fetus". How all of the sudden is that embryo now expendable....?

Please reconsider that very inaccurate philosphy of destruction of human life.

 
7881 05/03/2009 at 10:47:57 PM Self     I am tired of having my pro-life values steamrolled by this administration. I oppose the use of my tax payer dollars for experiments that rely on killing emboyonic human beings.

 
7882 05/03/2009 at 10:48:20 PM Self     I specifically do NOT agree with section IIA & B of the Human Stem Cell Guidelines. The president's executive order 13505 allowing the use of human embryos for stem cell research is morally wrong. There is no scientific proof that embryonic stem cells are any more useful than adult stem cells. The fact of the matter is that using human embryos for scientific experimentation constitutes murder of innocents as does abortion. Do we no longer consider the moral consequences of our actions about the sanctity of life? I am asking you to please not change the guidelines at this time or in the future. Thank you very much.

 
7883 05/03/2009 at 10:49:18 PM Self     The fact that our taxes are going to be used to kill embryonic life, rather than putting these embryos up for adoption, is unacceptable. Snowflake babies are alive today because these,"leftover" embryos are human life waiting to be fulfilled. One might be the next Mozart or Einstein. Adult stem cells have been used to cure several diseases. Embryonic stem cells have not. Forget about the money for once and do the right thing. Value life at all ages and stages. Save these future Americans from distruction and allow them to be born by giving them to the waiting adoptive parents who would be thrilled to adopt them

 
7884 05/03/2009 at 10:49:51 PM Self     I wish there were some way the same thing could be done to everyone who is having anything to do with pushing this bill to kill all these helpless innocent babies. They will one day stand accountable for every little life that is taken in this horrific way. Please sign this bill and stop this horrible thing being done to any more of them, please. Just thinking about how they suffer and cry through this thing, and how helpless they are to do anything about it, is the most torturous thing to picture. How can anyone claiming to be human, do this to the most helpless of all, and the ones we are supposed to cherish, love and protect? GOD forgive them for what they are doing, please help these little ones before it is too late. Thanks and GOD Bless you.

 
7885 05/03/2009 at 10:52:17 PM Self     There is no need to use human embryonic stem cells since adult stem cells have already proven their ability to mimic embryonic stem cells. Please respect life at its earliest existence. Thank you.

 
7886 05/03/2009 at 10:54:17 PM Self     I protest the use of taxpayer's money for embryo stem cell research. It's been found the adult stem cells have been successfully used to heal and I'd like to see us NOT use embryos for this purpose.

I am not a scientist or medical person but rather a citizen who believes we should not be ending life purposely for any reason.

 
7887 05/03/2009 at 10:54:37 PM Self    

Please Protect Human Embryos.

Please do not allow stem cell research that destroys these lives.

Please use adult stem cells instead. They have shown much more progress.

Sincerely,

 
7888 05/03/2009 at 10:56:02 PM Self     To Whom it may concern, Where I understand the desire to find ways to combat disease etc... I find it morally reprehensible that it would be done with the use of human embryos. There has been proof given of the success of adult stem cell research which far outweighs the succuss of embryonic stem cell research. These are human beings that deserve the chance to be adopted, not killed in the name of science. Please show the world that The United States still values human life, even at its most precious form... a human embryo. Thank you.

 
7889 05/03/2009 at 10:56:24 PM Self     I oppose the use of tax payer money to fund embreonic stem cell research. The distruction of a human life is at stake here.

 
7890 05/03/2009 at 10:57:32 PM Self     We strongly oppose experimentation (i.e. 'research') on human embryos. We are not willing that our tax dollars should fund this experimentation. We are ourselves former human embryos.

There are stem cells, adult stem cells, stem cells from placental blood --- that have shown positive results, actual 'cures' --- experiment on these cells. Come to my house, I will give you some stem cells, no killing necessary.

Embryonic stem cell research has yielded only out of control cancer growing failures. Stick to what works, and you don't need to kill a living human embryo to do it. How easy is that?

 
7891 05/03/2009 at 10:59:16 PM Self     I cannot find in the policy where the parents of the child (fertilized egg)can offer adoption as an alternative to "government disposal". Remember, these are humans (human embryos)looking for a place to be born and not a clump of tissue or cells.

 
7892 05/03/2009 at 10:59:59 PM Self     I cannot find in the policy where the parents of the child (fertilized egg)can offer adoption as an alternative to "government disposal". Remember, these are humans (human embryos)looking for a place to be born and not a clump of tissue or cells.

 
7893 05/03/2009 at 11:01:53 PM Self     Please do NOT kill babies that could be adopted. Use adult stem cells not embronic stem cells. I cannot have children and have adopted two kids. Allow others this blessing.

 
7894 05/03/2009 at 11:01:55 PM Self     Human embryonic stem cell 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.

 
7895 05/03/2009 at 11:05:52 PM Self     TO CREATE ONE HUMAN BEING , SO T-H-A-T HUMAN BEING CAN BE K-I-L-L-E-D ,TO LET ANOTHER HUMAN BEING LIVE ,IS JUST PLAIN WRONG. WHAT RIGHT DOES ANYONE HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION ? I FOR ONE WOULD NOT WANT ANYONE TO DIE SO I COULD LIVE. WHAT MAKES A PERSON THINK THAT THEY ARE BETTER THAN A TINY,HELPLESS, BABY THAT WIL N-E-V-E-R HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOPE AND BECOME SOMEONE. WHAT HAS THE HUMAN RACE COME TO ? I AM SO MUCH AGAINST THIS. AND I DON'T THINK THAT OUR GOVERMENT HAS A RIGHT TO FORCE ANY OF US TO SUPPORT SOMETHING THAT WE DO NOT AND WOULD NOT TAKE PART IN. USE MY TAX MONEY FOR THIS, NO-NO-NO.

 
7896 05/03/2009 at 11:07:15 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells

 
7897 05/03/2009 at 11:08:11 PM Self     I am opposed to any stem cell research that result in the harm or destruction (death) of human embryos. There is precedent for adopting "extra" embryos left over from invitro fertilization procedures. Please do not approve any guidelines that will result in killing these innocent humans.

 
7898 05/03/2009 at 11:12:10 PM Self     Dear Madam Direcor

I protest vicoroously the use of my tax dollars to destroy human embryos awaiting adoption.This is no less than the desgredation of human life in ist most vulnerable form. This is not a personal decision for a government tomake it is a moralone whichoverrubns all moral standards of human leife respect from cradle to hrave. Inder present refulations there is an afequate number of embryos avaable without taking those which have been surgivally saved and kept for future apdtion and new chuildren. I demand that you make everu effort to see that your regulations do not permit this pracrtis to begin.

Sincerely

 
7899 05/03/2009 at 11:15:00 PM Self     I am 100% opposed to allowing embryonic stem cell experiments. Success rate for embryonic stem cells is zero and yet there has been many successes with adult stem cell experimentation. Adult stem cells have actually resulted in successful outcomes for actual patients. Why would it be necessary to expend all this money on embryonic stem cell research? There have even been tumors caused by embryonic stem cells.

 
7900 05/03/2009 at 11:17:10 PM Self     I am wholeheartedly against embryonic stem cell use. This is completely immoral.

 
7901 05/03/2009 at 11:21:53 PM Self     I feel as an American citizen of this great country, it is my responsibilty to voice my opinion. I strongly oppose the use of left over embryos that were intended for in vitro fertilization, to be used for research. The fact that my tax dollars would go to fund that program is appalling. These tiny human beings could be adopted to families so in want of having a child. My views on pro-life values have consistantly been overlooked by this administration. Please consider in not allowing this to happen. Sincerely,

 
7902 05/03/2009 at 11:22:30 PM Self     Dear Sirs: I am completely opposed to using human fetuses for any kind of cell research. I support using adult stem cells for research. Please respect life.

*****, Teacher Biology and AP Environmental Science

 
7903 05/03/2009 at 11:22:36 PM Self     Please do not sell human embryos for research. When a nation allows an unprotected class of humans to be exploited for profit, it is a stepping stone toward eugenics. The NIH is on a slippery slope by allowing this terrible practice. In addition, adult stem-cell research has had many more advances and promise. There is no need to kill babies when there are other options.

 
7904 05/03/2009 at 11:22:42 PM Self     Any destruction of human cells is the destruction of life. There are going to be dire consequences to such evil that is being performed in the guise of helping society. Absurd, you do not kill someone to help someone.

God will have the last word. God help you.

 
7905 05/03/2009 at 11:22:55 PM Self     I OPPOSE the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells! Adult stem cells have been VERY successful and embryonic stem cells have not produced positive results. Why throw money after something without promise when you have proven results from adult stem cells that do not end human life? Government waste!

 
7906 05/03/2009 at 11:24:47 PM Self     We are against the taxpayer funded embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. What these guidelines do is send our tax dollars to experiment on stem cells. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, the Obama executive order draft guidelines would require their death. This is unacceptable and is morally reprehensible.

 
7907 05/03/2009 at 11:27:01 PM Self     Human Stem Cell Research is neither necessary nor moral. We have other means to accomplish this type of research without destroying innocent embryos. Please do not continue this line of research. Thank you.

 
7909 05/03/2009 at 11:27:29 PM Self     it is not in wisdom that we begin to play God. Killing human life to experiment upon it is murder. There is no one on earth that is able to determine when a human becomes a human...after comnception...it is for us to trust and protect the process of life...not kill it and experiment on it and use it for mundane purposes.

 
7910 05/03/2009 at 11:27:30 PM Self     I don't want you to use my tax dollars on human embryonic stem cell research. It's not your money to spend it is the taxpayers and I strongly oppose my money to be used for any purpose such as this. Thank you.

 
7911 05/03/2009 at 11:33:20 PM Self     I would like to voice my opinion on the NIH Human Stem Cell research proposal. I am very against the experimentation of human embryos for the advancement of stem cell research. Please make note of my objection. Thank you.

 
7912 05/03/2009 at 11:39:17 PM Self     Studies show that adult stem cells will offer the same and more opportunities for health studies compared to human embryos. Therefore, consider this in developing your stem cell guidelines that President Obama recently changed. Allow instead the promotion of adoption of these human embryo. The draft guidelines on the table would require their death. The use of my tax dollars should be used to develop new life not destroy life.

Kansas Citizen & Taypayer

 
7913 05/03/2009 at 11:39:46 PM Self     Please stop the madness We all be accountable one day before God for meddeling into his business.

 
7914 05/03/2009 at 11:42:00 PM Self     Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can send us an email at advocacy@jdrf.org.

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

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

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

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

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can send us an email at advocacy@jdrf.org.

Thank you!

JDRF Government Relations

Additional Background: Last month President Obama signed an Executive Order, which lifted previous federal funding restrictions on stem cell research. Although this action was a great victory for those of us in search of a cure for type 1 diabetes, our job is not done!

As part of the Executive Order, President Obama instructed the NIH to issue guidelines governing this research. You can view the NIH’s draft guidelines online by clicking here. The draft guidelines would permit federal funding for research using stem cells derived from embryos created by in-vitro fertilization and no longer needed for reproductive purposes. The draft guidelines also would ensure that embryos utilized for embryonic stem cell research were donated under the highest ethical standards. While JDRF supports these guidelines, we would encourage the NIH to extend funding eligibility to currently-funded stem cell lines and existing lines that were derived according to prevailing ethical guidelines.

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

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

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

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

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can send us an email at advocacy@jdrf.org.

Thank you!

JDRF Government Relations

Additional Background: Last month President Obama signed an Executive Order, which lifted previous federal funding restrictions on stem cell research. Although this action was a great victory for those of us in search of a cure for type 1 diabetes, our job is not done!

As part of the Executive Order, President Obama instructed the NIH to issue guidelines governing this research. You can view the NIH’s draft guidelines online by clicking here. The draft guidelines would permit federal funding for research using stem cells derived from embryos created by in-vitro fertilization and no longer needed for reproductive purposes. The draft guidelines also would ensure that embryos utilized for embryonic stem cell research were donated under the highest ethical standards. While JDRF supports these guidelines, we would encourage the NIH to extend funding eligibility to currently-funded stem cell lines and existing lines that were derived according to prevailing ethical guidelines.

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

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

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

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

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can send us an email at advocacy@jdrf.org.

Thank you!

JDRF Government Relations

Additional Background: Last month President Obama signed an Executive Order, which lifted previous federal funding restrictions on stem cell research. Although this action was a great victory for those of us in search of a cure for type 1 diabetes, our job is not done!

As part of the Executive Order, President Obama instructed the NIH to issue guidelines governing this research. You can view the NIH’s draft guidelines online by clicking here. The draft guidelines would permit federal funding for research using stem cells derived from embryos created by in-vitro fertilization and no longer needed for reproductive purposes. The draft guidelines also would ensure that embryos utilized for embryonic stem cell research were donated under the highest ethical standards. While JDRF supports these guidelines, we would encourage the NIH to extend funding eligibility to currently-funded stem cell lines and existing lines that were derived according to prevailing ethical guidelines.

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7915 05/03/2009 at 11:42:12 PM Self     We are absolutely appalled at the practice of destroying innocent human life at any point, from its conception on until its completion. There has yet to be any success with treatments resulting from Embryonic Stem Cell research, yet much promise has resulted from Adult Stem Cell research. We are totally against this inhumane and immoral practice. This is not what government was created to do, and the American people do not want to participate and be responsible for this abhorrence. This country will not prevail in the direction our leaders are forcefully trying to take us. Listen to the people!

 
7916 05/03/2009 at 11:42:57 PM Self     Please cease the practice of using Human embryonic stem cells for research. There are more than enough Adult stem cells and further more there is no case where embryonic stem cells were actually of any value. I know that there are those that argue that as long as the embryonic cells will be thrown away, they should be used. The Problem with that argument is that someone will then start growing the embryo's and kill them for the purpose of research. I believe I remember similar argument smade by the Germans to justify their in-humane actions toward Jews. God is watching everyone of us. I pray you don't make troubling decisions about life & Death.

 
7917 05/03/2009 at 11:43:01 PM Self     I wholeheartedly oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cellls!

 
7918 05/03/2009 at 11:46:07 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern: I am sending this letter to inform you of my objection to the use of federal tax dollars to fund stem cell research that uses human embryos. The passage of this legislation will lead only to the creation of human embryos with the intent to destroy them for "research." I do not want my tax dollars spent to fund the destruction of human life for "research."

 
7919 05/03/2009 at 11:48:33 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 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. I oppose this! Please, Put a Stop to the destruction on Human Life.

 
7920 05/03/2009 at 11:49:08 PM Self     I was very sad to here that President Obama removed the ban on Human Embryonic Research. Please DO NOT use tax funds from many like myself for this research. We do not agree with doing so and should not have to fund something as repulsive as this is to us. Most research that has been done that has been helpful has NOT been done with embryonic stem cells. We do not need them as a source for further stem cell research. We do not have to kill embryos to move forward but can use other stem cell sources. I will sincerely appreciate your consideration and agreement with my request.

 
7921 05/03/2009 at 11:50:30 PM Self     Section I and following: I am opposed to the immoral and unnecessary destruction of human embryos, especially when other equally valid stem research methods are available. And these other methods are indeed available.

 
7922 05/03/2009 at 11:50:51 PM Self     It is immoral and inhumane to experiment on the stem cells taken from human embryos no matter what their source may be, i.e., in vitro fertilization, etc. Such experimentation means that human embryos (pre-born humans) are destroyed (killed). The idea of advancing medical knowledge or treatment for living people at the expense of the deaths of the innocents is grotesque and 'cannibalistic.' I strongly oppose embryonic stem cell research and do not grant permission for my tax dollars to be used to support, fund, or advance such research now or at any future time. Embryonic experimentation of this nature was an abomination when it was first discovered being carried out by the Nazis and it is still an abomination. There is no resultant good that merits the killing of innocent human life at any stage.

 
7923 05/03/2009 at 11:51:04 PM Self     Please do not kill the tiny people who have yet to be born. Would you want some one to terminate your life just because you were holding your breath? These little souls have only to grow and breathe, give them that chance.

 
7924 05/03/2009 at 11:52:36 PM Self     I am strongly opposed to tax payer funded embryonic stem cell research!

 
7925 05/03/2009 at 11:53:49 PM Self     I am opposed to using federal money to support research on embryonic stem cells. It is morally and ethically wrong.

 
7926 05/03/2009 at 11:56:40 PM Self     I am extremely disappointed about the way this administration is going regarding embryonic stem cell research.

I'm an RN and the research results that I have read have not shown any success with embryonic stem cells. On the other hand, there's been much success with adult stem cells. Why haven't these success stories received the media attention that they deserve?

More than not, things go wrong when embryonic stem cells are used. As simple as this sounds, maybe God is trying to tell us something.

I do not want my tax dollars spent on destroying life.

 
7927 05/03/2009 at 11:57:54 PM Self     Please re-cpnsider the policy for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) all we are doing taking human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death. Please, please reconsider this monstrosity.

 
7928 05/04/2009 at 12:01:08 AM Self     please discontinue Embryonic Stem Cell research, I feel that my tax dollars could be better spent

 
7929 05/04/2009 at 12:01:10 AM Self     Why destroy life when it has been shown that use of adult stem cells and cord cells have been very successful in stem cell research and in their effectiveness of treatment. I value human life from the point of conception I oppose embryonic stem cell research because the extraction of embryonic stem cells requires its destruction. It makes no sense to create life to turn around and destroy it all in the name of science!

Mice treated for Parkinson's with embryonic stem cells have died from brain tumors in as much as 20% of cases.1 Embryonic stem cells stored over time have been shown to create the type of chromosomal anomalies that create cancer cells.2 Looking at it from a more pragmatic standpoint, funds devoted to embryonic stem cell research are funds being taken away from the other two more promising and less controversial types of stem cell research mentioned above.

 
7930 05/04/2009 at 12:01:31 AM Self     I strongly oppose research involving the use of human embryos. I do not want my tax dollars used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization.

I urge you to direct any tax funds toward research involving adult stem cells only, which have been proven to be even more effective and involve no destruction of human life.

Thank you for listening. Please act responsibly.

 
7931 05/04/2009 at 12:04:31 AM Self     MR PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA, WE DO NOT !!!!!!! WANT TO BE TAXED TO KILL BABY HUMAN EMRyEOS FOR YOUR SCIENCE EXPERIMENT, IF YOU WANT TO PAY YOUR TAX MONEY FOR THIS YOU ARE WRONG, BUT DO NOT USE OUR MONEY WE ARE IN NEED OF FINANNCIAL HELP AS IT IS, WE DO NOT WANT THIOS, WE HAVE A RIGHT AS AMERICAN CITIZENS TO VOTE ON THIS MURDER. AND WE VOT NO!

 
7932 05/04/2009 at 12:04:54 AM Self     It is hard for me to understand why there is such a push to conduct experimentation on embrionic stem cells when research to date has yielded no cures or break-thruoghs while use of adult stem cells has produced tangible results. Why do we insist on using embrionic stem cells considering the results to date and the ethical concerns associated with their use.

I ask that the use of embrionic stem cells be discontinued

Thanks you

 
7933 05/04/2009 at 12:05:05 AM Self     Please do not use human life for experiment. Once the sperm has crossed the eggs barrier it is the beginning of human life. God help you all if this becomes law.

 
7934 05/04/2009 at 12:06:43 AM Self     I oppose funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I oppose my tax dollars being 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.

 
7935 05/04/2009 at 12:09:59 AM Self     We believe it's not ethical to experiment with latent human beings & there's a greater chance of cancer to develop in patients treated with human stem cells plus there's no need to use them since adult stem cells have shown the most promise in medical treatments. Sincerely,

 
7936 05/04/2009 at 12:10:02 AM Self     I am expremely disappointed and upset that 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. It is morally wrong for President Obama to use 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.

Thank you for considering my heart felt concerns.

 
7937 05/04/2009 at 12:10:20 AM Self     As the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes I feel very stongly about stem cell research. Adult and umbilical cord stem cells are availible and non contriversial. I also believe life begins at conception so to take a life for research is wrong. I would rather err on the side of life than be guilty of taking a life reguardless if it were sanctioned by law or not. Even the President said it was above his pay grade to say when life begins. It doesn't matter what name you call it by, individual life is there. Please confine research to adult and umbilical cord stem cells. I believe you have good intentions, but, the ends do not justify the means. I hope that you do not dismiss my comments but consider them strongly.

 
7938 05/04/2009 at 12:15:45 AM Self     Pleae do not change the current guidelines regarding human stem cells. As the name implies, these are considered "human" and I firmly believe life begins at conception. Thank you.

 
7939 05/04/2009 at 12:15:53 AM Self     The President and Congress work for us and we do not want our tax dollars spent to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos.

 
7940 05/04/2009 at 12:18:21 AM Self     Human embryos do not have to be destroyed in order for proper research to be carried out. Even if it did, I refuse to sponsor their deaths with my taxpayer funds. This is against my spritual beliefs. By funding the human stem cell destruction with our tax dollars, the President is directly enraging millions of taxpayers by forcing them to commit this evil.

 
7941 05/04/2009 at 12:18:38 AM Self     I do not want my tax dollars spent on Human Stem Cell experimentation.

 
7942 05/04/2009 at 12:19:23 AM Self     We are opposed to President Obama's executive order reenacting federal tax dollars to fund embryotic stem cell research. Past embryotic stem cell research has yielded no useful treatments of diseases while research on adult stem cells has yeilded treatment for several diseases. We as a family are pro-life and believe that God will not bless the research that causes the end of a human life--even in such a premature state. Sincerely,

 
7943 05/04/2009 at 12:19:36 AM Self     Dear NIH,

I do not want to use my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

Thank you.

 
7944 05/04/2009 at 12:20:23 AM Self     I very strongly object to the use of tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research or for the destruction of embryos. I believe it is morally wrong to destroy embryonic human beings to facilitate experimentation in research and that the government should not be in the business of destroying life.

Further, embryonic stem research is not needed. Adult stem cell research has already proven that these cells can provide the same benefits for healing that embryonic research seeks to provide.

 
7945 05/04/2009 at 12:25:03 AM Self     I fail to understand why promoting research on embryonic stem cells continues to be such a priority when there have been no successful treatments thus far and there are results of experimentation indicating there are tumor risks involved. I find this particularly disturbing when adult stem cells are already being successfully used in the treatment several diseases. When the successful treatment of disease with adult stem cells is compared to no successes, cancer risks and what I consider murder of embryos, I cannot see how embryonic stem cell research can be allowed to continue.

 
7946 05/04/2009 at 12:25:53 AM Self     As a physician, I took an oath. As you know, most versions of the Hippocratic Oath forbid abortion. Please recognize the host of physicians that uphold the value of human life, the sanctity of embryos. Resist the temptation to walk in the footsteps of Hitler and the Nazi regime by experimenting on humans, sacrificing them to science. Theirs was a crime against humanity. Please don't repeat it.

I strongly advocate an increase in the research on adult stem cells, research that has proven to be effective, shown to be promising, an area ripe for being refined into a revolutionary approach to medicine.

 
7947 05/04/2009 at 12:32:30 AM Self     I support Adult Stem Cell research only, not ESC. The United States is falling behind the times. Other countries are way ahead of us because they are using what works. "Surgeons replaced the damaged windpipe of Claudia Castillo, a 30-year-old mother of two, with one created from (adult) stem cells grown in a laboratory at Bristol University." http://www.wistemcellnow.org/organ-grown-from-stem-cells-in-lab-successfully-transplanted-in/ Embryonic Stem Cells don't produce results. Please be aware of the following lies being communicated to the public. http://www.firstthings.com/blog/2009/04/29/the-truth-is-the-opposite/ If ESC is sucessful, whay haven't we had results from the ESCs from 2001 and earlier? We are barking up the wrong tree, the prize is getting away and we the people are paying the price for the government's folly.

 
7948 05/04/2009 at 12:34:46 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.

 
7949 05/04/2009 at 12:35:49 AM Self     I simply oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. With all the success in the use of adult stem cells, if the federal government must be involved, let's put the money where there have already been proven results. I have heard of much success with adult stem cells and no successes with the embryonic cells.

 
7950 05/04/2009 at 12:38:47 AM Self     I strongly oppose the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, as announced in the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice. President George Bush has already acted on this and saved any detriment to these cell lines. Thank you .

 
7951 05/04/2009 at 12:39:32 AM Self     "These draft Guidelines would allow funding for research using human embryonic stem cells that were derived from embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose. Funding will continue to be allowed for human stem cell research using adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells." I do not support the use of human embroyos for stem cell research and I do NOT want my taxes being used to support this deplorable research. I do however support the use of adult stem cells when available and have no problem with taxes being used to research the potential adult stem cells may bring.

 
7952 05/04/2009 at 12:41:12 AM Self     Please, I urge you not to use funds to destroy embryos. They are precious human lives not science experiment material. Research on adult stem cells is saving lives and has many uses. Please remember, we are a Judeo-Christian nation who believes in life and seeks healing in healthy ways.Destroying life in this way is not only a waste of money but a useless endeavor that devalues all life.

 
7953 05/04/2009 at 12:48:45 AM Self     I am concerned that this language "embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes and were no longer needed for that purpose" could allow for aborted IVF embryos to be used. Is there a good, morally agreeable method of stem cell research that can be conducted with out having need of any intentionally aborted embryos (i.e. ones that were "no longer needed for that purpose?")

 
7954 05/04/2009 at 12:51:34 AM Self     Please enter your comments on the Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines, as announced in the April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice. Please reference specific sections in the document, when applicable. Please note that comments will be publicly available, including those containing personally identifiable or confidential business information.

 
7955 05/04/2009 at 12:55:35 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.

 
7956 05/04/2009 at 12:56:55 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.

 
7957 05/04/2009 at 12:57:06 AM Self     Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research Notice

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

Why not give all the childless couples the human embryos? If they are eligible to carry it to term, then they would have the child that they have all dreamed of having. It would serve a better purpose than killing the embryo so Scientists can use it to test on subjects. That embryo has the right to develop into a baby and be born!

 
7958 05/04/2009 at 12:57:22 AM Self     An embryo is the most innocent of all human life. Sounds like murder to me.

 



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