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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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7959 05/04/2009 at 12:57:45 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.

 
7960 05/04/2009 at 12:58:08 AM Self     I am so fed up with a government that seems to think their own opinions and desires are the ONLY things that are important. We are a republic....and that is what each official, including the President, has taken an oath to support.

Why is this government so 'bent' on SHOVING Human Stem Cell' research when so much has been achieved without it.....which means we don't have to PROMOTE the killing of unborn babies.

I am sick and tired of my pro-life values being steamrolled by this administration. I therefore oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

If America turns a deft ear to her constituents on this matter, then how can anyone in government consider themselves any more 'humane' than what the world notes Hitler as being. AND you all may be instigating a very LOUD backlash. Wake up ! ! !

 
7961 05/04/2009 at 01:07:54 AM Self     I find this issue to be very simple. It comes down to two basic concepts: 1) Research on embryonic stem cells is controversial and completely unnecessary; 2) Research on adult stem cells is uncontroversial and very promising. Therefore, from both an ethical and a scientific standpoint, the government should stay out of the embryonic stem cell business and instead put stock in adult stem cell research.

 
7962 05/04/2009 at 01:08:32 AM Self     I oppose use of embryonic stem cells. There is aboslutely no need to use one that could actually become a human person. Also, I have heard that the embryonic stem cells grow on odd ways and can lead to cancer.

Adult stem cells are working perfectly right now. They do what they are supposed to and are very successfully used.

 
7963 05/04/2009 at 01:08:54 AM Self     I oppose the research Obama wans to install.

 
7964 05/04/2009 at 01:19:43 AM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
7965 05/04/2009 at 01:26:56 AM Self   There is no need to use embryonic stem cells. The latest testing shows adult stem cells do much more than the embryonic.

As a matter of fact I just read Al Gore donated $20,000,000. of his own money to study adult stem cells

 
7966 05/04/2009 at 01:38:11 AM Self     This is a bad and dangerous idea. Please do not allow this to happen. Thanks

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7967 05/04/2009 at 01:39:23 AM 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. 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.

 
7968 05/04/2009 at 01:42:54 AM Self     I have a problem with creating human embryos and then killing them for embryonic stem cells. Whether the embryos are created in a test tube or come from aborted pregnancies I believe they are humans and should have the right to life. Isn't there some way to harvest embryonic stem cells without killing the embryos? Research into the diseases and mutations that afflict mankind is very important, but how can we give permission to scientist to destroy one living human embryo in order to save lives. It seems that the directive to take a life to research ways to save a life is bound to cause scientist to be lose their moral guide. If it is OK to kill a 3 week old embryo to harvest stem cells, how about a 3 month old or a new born. Please don't allow this testing. Please stand on the side of life for all humans, from the time they are conceived to the time they die a natural death. Thank you,

 
7969 05/04/2009 at 01:53:38 AM Self     I oppose embryonic stem cell research. To date, there has not been one effective treatment brought forth from this destruction of human life. Since President Bush put a ban on that funding, research has been done with stem cells created from adults that has proven successful and even resulted in treatments that actually show promise. The path you are heading down is dangerous and unnecessary. Please do not give in to political pressure to fund unsound "science" if you can call it that.

 
7970 05/04/2009 at 01:58:29 AM Self     I am requesting that you do not use the use embroyic stem cells in your research. If you are getting results using brain stem cells why use embronic which is a life. Please let go of this behavior which one day will be viewed as barbaric. Thank you.

 
7971 05/04/2009 at 02:03:42 AM Self     "Although human embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves human embryos."

While human embryonic stem cells may not be human embryos, they are taken from human embryos and this removal does prevent those human embryos from being allowed to develop into human life. I oppose these guidelines because, despite their honorable attempt at being ethical, they still allow the death of a human embryo that might still be adopted and might still develop into a living, breathing, thinking human being.

 
7972 05/04/2009 at 02:05:10 AM Self     From April 23, 2009 Federal Register Notice: "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."

I oppose spending taxpayer dollars to promote research using human embryonic stem cells. I believe in research to find cure for illnesses that are devastating many members of the American population, but I believe the life of these embryos should not be sacrificed for our own gain. IVF procedures should be modified so as not to produce these "excess" embryos. Further, the research done on adult stem cells has already provided results. Our research should be focused on continuing to find exciting cures using the ethically sound practices of adult stem cell research.

 
7973 05/04/2009 at 02:13:29 AM Self     I don't want my money going to research that is not hopeful, let it go to the adult stem cell research that is finding solutions

 
7974 05/04/2009 at 02:24:51 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.

 
7975 05/04/2009 at 02:38:41 AM Self     Les patients atteints de diabète de type I vivent un véritable cauchemar jour après jour à cause du fait qu'il n'existe aucun traitement efficace permettant de guérir cette affection.C'est pourquoi il est très important d'encourager le projet de recheche sur les cellules souches qui nous a été présenté et qu'il faut mettre en application le plus vite possible. Je soutiens ce projet et je souhaite qu'il permette de trouver le plus rapidement possible un remède qui puise guérir tous les patients affectés par cette maladie.Je vous souhaite bonne chance dans l'aboutissement de votre démarche et vous présente, Messieurs mes meilleurs voeux amicaux.

 
7976 05/04/2009 at 02:44:58 AM Self     I am adamantly against human embryonic stem cell research. I feel it is a direct violation of my rights as a citizen of the US that my tax dollars are being used to further the barbaric "cause" of the embryonic stem cell industry, especially when there are many, many treatments already in use from research on adult stem cells, which kill NOBODY. In contrast, there have been NO successes with research on human embryos. Please STOP federal funding to promote human stem cell research!!!!!!!!!!

 
7977 05/04/2009 at 02:58:26 AM Self     Le diabète de type I est une horrible affection car incurable qui gâche la vie de tous les patients affectés par la survenue régulière de véritables crises d'hypoglycémie et d'hyperglycémie que l'on maîtrise très mal avec les traitements actuels. Il est très important de trouver un remède efficace pour guérir cette maladie et le projet de recherche sur les cellules souches humaines semble très prometteur et séduisant pour changer la vie de tous les personnes malades de cette affection. Je soutiens de tout mon coeur ce projet et je souhaite qu'il puisse aider les chercheurs à trouver très vite un remède pour tous les malades. Je vous présente, Messieurs, mes meilleurs vouex de réussite dans votre noble démarche.

 
7978 05/04/2009 at 03:11:13 AM Self     I am very proud of this new promising project on the stem cells and I agree with it completely as it is a very intelligent and nice perspective to reverse type i diabetes and try to cure it for many patients affected by this horrible disease. I encourage researchers to investigate seriously any possible solutions and I hope this project will enable us to find a cure for this illness. Best regards.

 
7979 05/04/2009 at 03:20:38 AM Self     Addressing Executive Order 13505, issued on March 9, 2009. "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".

I protest the use of Human embryos for stem cell research or any other scientific research. These are "Human" embryos. These embryos are human beings. Stem cell research on Human embryos causes the death of a human being and is unnecessary, because we have obtained better, more usable results with adult stem cells.

I also protest the use of my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research.

 
7980 05/04/2009 at 03:26:33 AM Self     From everything I have seen, this type of research has produced nothing of value, whereas such activity with adult cells has been put to good use in many cases. Therefore, from a strictly economic view, throwing more money into it is ridiculous.

We know that any sort of loophole brings out the worst in some of our people. Making anything that involves disposing of the unborn possible and profitable is an action we an well do without.

 
7981 05/04/2009 at 03:56:50 AM Self     I submit that embryonic stem cell research not only destroys a tiny developing human child, and is therefor wrong, it is also ineffective (there are no successful treatments), and dangerous (they cause tumors and cancers). Embryonic stem cell research is a dead end and a waste of money. In the meantime, please read about the successes of adult stem cell treatments below. I personally am hoping for stem cell research to provide new cartilage for my knee in the near future!

Sincerely,

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ADULT STEM CELL SUCCESS STORIES - 2008 UPDATE: JULY-DECEMBER

by David Prentice, PhD, William L. Saunders, JD, Jan Ledochowski, and Lukas Lucenic Research using adult stem cells continues to yield successful treatments for many human diseases and injuries. In this update we highlight some of those treatment successes from the last six months. This update follows on our previous releases of adult stem cell success stories from the first half of 2008, as well as from 2007 and 2006,[1] and our pamphlet with stories and pictures of patients successfully treated with adult stem cells.[2] Autoimmune diseases First Bari Martz's fingers turned blue. Then she started gasping for breath and her joints stiffened so that she could not open her hands. Doctors diagnosed scleroderma, part of a family of diseases which attack the immune system of a patient's own body. They treated it by using stem cells from her blood. Doctors here and in Europe are aiming to reset the immune systems of patients with severe scleroderma. If they are successful, it will cast new light on numerous autoimmune diseases, from lupus to multiple sclerosis. Autoimmune diseases are among medicine's most frustrating mysteries. Arguably most mysterious is scleroderma, where the immune system somehow mistakenly attacks connective tissues that support the skin and internal organs. The disease thickens skin, stiffens joints, and destroys blood vessels, sometimes leading to death through kidney and lung failure. The theory is that someone genetically predisposed to certain autoimmune diseases stays healthy until something in the environment triggers misfiring immunity. Stem cells, however, should not be diseased, explains Dr. Keith Sullivan of Duke University , who is leading the largest study to date of the transplants, called the SCOT trial.[3] "There was not a choice," Martz, now 49, of Parkland , Florida , says of volunteering for the SCOT trial. She was losing about 10 percent of her lung function a month, and feared she had less than a year left to live when she underwent her January 2007 transplant. "If I died from it, well, at least I went out fighting." For now, "I'm great," she says. Her lung function jumped and is still improving; she can flex her hands again and can even climb stairs, if slowly: "I'm continuing to get better." [4] Brain Injury New nerve cells, produced naturally by adult neural stem cells present in the brain, appear to be essential for learning and memory. The old idea that brain cells are not renewed was debunked in the 1990's, when researchers showed that the adult brain continues to make new neurons, a process termed "neurogenesis," throughout life. Now, researchers at Kyoto University in Japan have shown in mice that new brain cells are necessary for learning and for memory. The new research, published in Nature Neuroscience, indicates that neural stem cells in the adult brain continue to produce new brain cells that are important for memory and learning. The new study supports work published earlier this year showing that new brain cells can affect learning and memory. Last year, research showed that transplanting adult neural stem cells into brain-injured mice could restore some memory. In March 2008, another study showed that injecting human umbilical cord blood stem cells into the brains of aging animals boosted neurogenesis. Another recent study also suggested that stimulating specific molecules in the brain could reactivate adult neural stem cells. Exercise has also been shown to stimulate neurogenesis in the brain.[5] An Auckland twin who was brain-damaged at birth has become the first New Zealander to undergo experimental treatment in the United States using her own umbilical cord blood. Three months ago, Maia Friedlander, 4, was locked in her own world. Despite six hours of therapy a day for three years, Maia-who was born six weeks premature-struggled to talk, walk properly, or even chew her food without choking. Her twin sister, Ariel, achieved all her developmental milestones about six months early, but Maia did not learn to crawl until she was three. Her father, Daniel, said: "Our lives revolved around her therapy regime but we could not see much improvement." The breakthrough came in February, when they met American mother Mary Schneider, whose son, Ryan, was the first to undergo cord blood transfusion for his brain injury at Duke University , North Carolina . Five years later, he is developmentally normal. More than 50 other children with brain injuries have been treated through Duke's reinfusion program. In August, Maia and her mother, Jillian, traveled to the U.S., where she received a two-hour infusion of her own cord blood stored by her parents at birth. Within days her concentration and coordination improved. Maia now goes to kindergarten five days a week. "She's like a different child-talking, hugging us, playing . . . She's had a second chance at life and we can now have the family life we'd always dreamed of."[6] Stroke Doctors have used a revolutionary stem cell treatment to restore the power of speech for a stroke victim. Walter Bast also regained the use of his right arm after the operation to place a "teabag" of drug-producing adult stem cells in his brain. Speaking a week after the operation-the first of its kind in the world-he said: "I feel like a lucky guy." If further trials confirm the value of the treatment, it could be on the market in as little as five years, providing fresh hope for the 45,000 Britons each year who suffer a hemorrhagic stroke caused by the bursting of a blood vessel in the brain. Currently, the only treatment option is surgery, which has a variable success rate. Half will die within a month and just one in 20 patients will recover to the extent of Mr. Bast, a 49-year-old mechanic. British experts described the operation as "very promising." The CellBeads treatment is the brainchild of scientists at the British medical technology firm Biocompatibles International, based in Farnham, Surrey , U.K. At its center is a teabag-like sachet filled with tiny capsules, each containing approximately a million stem cells. The stem cells, taken from bone marrow, have been genetically engineered to produce a drug that protects brain cells from dying. This allows the cells to rejuvenate and repair the damage done by the stroke. The stem cells are encapsulated in beads to hide them from the immune system and ensure they are not rejected by the body.[7] Cerebral Palsy When Chloe Levine was 9-months-old, her parents noticed she could not hold her bottle with her right hand. That was not her only developmental setback. Chloe, of Pinetop , Arizona , was unable to raise both hands above her head and could not crawl. At 12 months, a CAT scan showed a portion of the left side of Chloe's brain had not developed and contained fluid. Chloe's parents, Ryan and Jenny Levine, took her to a neurologist who diagnosed the toddler with right-side hemiplegic cerebral palsy. "The cerebral palsy had only affected the right side of her body," Jenny Levine said. "The neurologist told us we were looking at 17-18 years of therapy." That was when the Levines heard about an experimental procedure at Duke University in North Carolina , where children with cerebral palsy were infused with their own cord blood stem cells in an effort to heal and repair damaged brain tissue. The Levines remembered they had banked Chole's cord blood when she was born. "It was a miracle," Dr. Manny Alvarez said on FOX & Friends. "I congratulate you for banking her cord blood. Stem cells are a new field of medicine and they certainly can rejuvenate the tissue." Two months ago, Chloe, 2, received an infusion of her own stem cells and her progress is remarkable, said her father, Ryan. "Her therapist said she's made a 50 percent recovery," he said. "She can walk, run, and do sign language with her right hand."[8] Spinal Cord Injury The Australian team at the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research, Griffith University , continues to produce exciting results. The latest report published in the journal Brain gives the results of a 3-year clinical trial, using olfactory ensheathing cells (specialized adult cells that surround nerves) from the patients' own noses, transplanted into the damaged spinal cord. The initial one year follow-up has shown no adverse effects from the transplant. This was a highly controlled trial, with matched control and transplant patients, followed for 3 years. Patients were chosen who might be considered "chronic"-at least 2 years after their spinal cord injury-to control for any spontaneous recovery. The trial was designed to show the safety of the transplant. The transplant was safe by all measures, and one transplanted patient showed improvement over 3 segments in light touch and pin-prick sensitivity. The cells were shown to be quite safe, to take well in the patients, and to safely improve function.[9] Cancer Susan Fister nearly died four years ago-but a cord blood transplant saved her life. It all started when the Medina woman fell at work and developed a bruise that would not heal. She went to have it checked out and discovered she had leukemia. She had two bone marrow transplants, but both failed. Her doctor suggested trying something different-an adult stem cell transplant from umbilical cord blood. In the weeks after the cord blood transplant, she became stronger and her body did not reject the new cells. She has not been back in the hospital since November of 2004. Susan has noticed that her new immune system has had other benefits as well. When she fell off a table and tore a ligament in her knee, her doctor was shocked by how quickly she recovered. And she reports her skin heals faster too. Mary Laughlin, her transplant physician at University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center , says it is not surprising the stem cells have affected more than her leukemia. These cells not only cure the leukemia or life-threatening blood disorder, they also participate in the repair of all the organs in the body.[10] At Kansas State University researchers are working on a method of delivering cancer drugs that promises to be more efficient and reduce side effects. Researchers are studying how stem cells can be used to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to breast cancer cells via nanoparticles. The researchers are using adult stem cells isolated from Wharton's jelly, the substance that cushions blood vessels in the umbilical cord. These types of stem cells can be harvested non-invasively and therefore are not controversial. "Billions and billions of these cells are disposed of every day," Professor Deryl Troyer said, "We think these cells have a lot of advantages, including their ability to be harvested in large numbers very rapidly." The stem cells tend to travel to tumors and other pathological lesions. The researchers are using these adult stem cells as delivery systems by loading the cells with nanoparticles that contain anti-cancer drugs.[11] Researchers have discovered adult stem cells in the prostates of mice, and have grown complete prostates from a single prostate adult stem cell. The team at California-based Genentech Inc. said human beings have similar stem cells in their prostates, although so far they have not grown human prostate glands from the cells. Other researchers said that the research might lead to better ways to fight prostate cancer and the common enlargement of the prostate that comes with age. "A total of 14 prostates were generated from 97 single cell transplants," the Genentech team wrote in their report, published in the journal Nature. "This is, to our knowledge, the first report to demonstrate prostate generation from a single adult stem cell." [12] Bill Dubois of Phoenix is an Army veteran: his sister, Sidney Wallace, is a former Marine. So it was appropriate that around Veteran's Day of 2008, Dubois had been cancer-free for a little more than a year thanks to the adult stem cells his sister donated. Dubois had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma five years earlier. Chemotherapy had suppressed the lymphoma for several years, but it returned. In the meantime, advances in treatment had shown that an adult stem cell transplant could give him a better chance of recovery. His sister was a perfect match for the transplant, and was happy to donate adult stem cells for her brother. A year later and free from lymphoma, Dubois says, "It makes you want to enjoy every day."[13] Immune Deficiency Nine-month-old Granton Bayless has a rare condition called severe combined immunodeficiency that prevents his body from producing enough T cells to fight off disease. Admitted to Children's Mercy Hospital on March 28, Granton battled pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus so severe that holes developed in his fragile lungs. Medical staff placed him on a ventilator because he could not breathe on his own. They inserted tubes into his chest to suction air leaking from his lungs. They administered medicine that paralyzed him so equipment would not hurt him if he moved and so he would not burn energy or oxygen. Eventually Granton's parents made the critical decision to go ahead with an umbilical cord-blood transplant in which cells would slowly attack the virus. Umbilical-cord-blood cells are taken from a baby's umbilical cord and placenta. Granton continues to improve: a recent blood test on him showed that 86 percent of his white cells were donor cells. A recent test showed Granton had produced "natural killer cells," which play a major role in fighting infections. Now Granton plays with everything in his reach.[14] Heart Tissue Regeneration Nearly five million people in the U.S. suffer from congestive heart failure. For some, a heart bypass procedure will work. But now, growing your own bypass, with your own adult stem cells, may be a possibility. That is how Lieutenant Ronnie Smallwood sees it. Smallwood suffered from congestive heart failure. He was treated by putting some of his own adult stem cells into parts of his heart muscle. Smallwood is now feeling much better, and ready to go back to fishing in his off hours. He was treated by Dr. Emerson Perin of the Texas Heart Institute, who has treated a number of heart patients with their own adult stem cells. "What we are doing with the stem cells is hopefully creating better blood flow to areas of the heart that do not get good blood flow," Dr. Perin says.[15] Adult stem cells collected at birth from the umbilical cord may help doctors fashion new heart valves for children born with heart valve defects. The tissue-engineered valves would have the advantage of growing with the child, said researchers at the University Hospital of Munich. "If we replace a valve in a child, they will need surgery several times in their lifetime, because they will grow out of the devices, so the ultimate goal is to have a construct which is able to grow with the child and only have to do the surgery once," said study author, cardiac surgeon Dr. Ralf Sodian. Presenting at the American Heart Association's (AHA) annual scientific sessions in New Orleans , Sodian reported that his team took stem cells from umbilical cord blood, stored them for 12 weeks, and then seeded them onto eight heart valve scaffolds. "The whole idea of building a scaffold is a unique idea," said AHA spokesman Dr. Russell V. Luepker, the Mayo professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis . "We generally put progenitor cells in the heart and try to get them to grow muscle cells, and they're sitting in the middle of other cells. But to build a scaffold that looks like a heart valve then hope and anticipate that the cord blood cells will take that hint and differentiate, I think is very innovative."[16] Bone Healing Adult stem cells have helped to accelerate the healing of severe leg fractures for five men and four women in Australia . Those involved suffered the worst type of compound bone fractures in serious road accidents, some of whom still could not walk 41 months after their accidents. One man, who suffered a compound fracture and was still using crutches a year later, regained the use of his leg the day after the procedure and is now fully recovered, pain free and regularly runs and plays football. Eight of the ten patients experienced full bone regrowth. The technique was developed by Dr. Richard de Steiger, director of orthopedic surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, who told the media that his team hopes it can be applied to hip replacement procedures as well as accidental injuries. The technology was developed by the hospital's regenerative medicine company, Mesoblast. Dr. de Steiger said it is between three and five years away from being used in hospitals. In the procedure, bone marrow adult stem cells are harvested from the patient's pelvis in a non-invasive procedure using a needle. The cells are cultivated in a laboratory until they have divided to create 15 billion cells over six weeks. Surgeons then apply the adult stem cells directly to the fractures. One patient in the trial, 36 year-old Anthony Giancola, was walking the following day. "All these patients have avoided the need for having a second operation to get bone from somewhere else in the body. Instead the bone is grown outside the body in a lab," Dr. de Steiger said.[17] Liver Cirrhosis Doctors at Imperial College , London have published results showing improvement in patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis after treatment with their own adult stem cells. Nine patients had adult stem cells from their blood collected, the numbers were boosted in the lab, and then the cells were injected into their livers. Positive results were seen within one week. Seven of the nine patients showed significant improvement up to 12 weeks (the extent monitored for this study), with three patients showing almost complete resolution. Dr. Nagy Habib, the senior author, said "We are encouraged that the majority of patients in this study experienced a significant improvement in their liver functions." These latest results were published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. The new results using adult stem cells to treat liver damage are a follow-up to previous work done by Habib's group and reported in 2006 and 2007. Positive results using adult stem cells to treat liver damage in patients has also been reported by another group in Greece and in Japan.[18] Digestive Tract Michael Wenman was the first child in the world to receive a life-saving treatment with bone marrow stem cells. At age five he faced death after an overactive immune system destroyed his digestive tract. Now 12, he was fed intravenously and suffered constant pain until the treatment. His younger brother Matthew, then four, was offered the same procedure when he showed similar symptoms. Both children have since returned to a normal life. They are two of ten children who have now received the treatment. Two hospitals in the U.K. , Great Ormond Street Hospital and Newcastle General Hospital, now offer the adult stem cell therapy. Dr Neil Shah said the transplant offered a "last chance" for children with this condition, who could only be fed intravenously. He said the stem cells in the marrow seemed to mend the damaged gut and correct the initial imbalance with the immune system. Dr. Shah said the transplant could be seen "as a cure rather than a way of controlling the condition."[19] Kidney damage Adult stem cells are being tested by a Utah research team for prevention and treatment of kidney damage in a Phase I clinical trial. Two patients recently underwent the treatment; a total of 15 patients will be recruited for this trial. This first trial includes patients who have had open-heart surgery, which can sometimes lead to acute kidney damage. The adult stem cells are obtained from healthy donor bone marrow and processed so that they are not recognized by the immune system, eliminating the need for tissue transplant matching. The adult stem cells are then injected into the bloodstream of the patient. Once in the kidney, the cells release signals that protect kidney tissue from damage and stimulate repair. The treatment is based on published work in animals showing that adult stem cells release signals in the kidney that lead to rapid, direct improvement of the tissue. The adult stem cells do not stay in the kidney, but instead transiently provide the signaling that leads to a cascade of protective and repair mechanisms within the organ. This mechanism has been seen in other successful repair of tissues by adult stem cells.[20] Pulmonary Hypertension Lucie Moison has had pulmonary hypertension, a progressive lung disease, for 13 years, and until a year ago was on the waiting list for a lung transplant. Last year, doctors at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal took some of her adult stem cells from her blood, modified them to secrete nitric oxide, and re-injected them into her body. Yvan Depatis also suffered from the disease and was treated with his own modified adult stem cells. Both patients have responded well, with what the doctors termed "absolutely fabulous" results after the experimental treatment. While not yet a cure, the patients have been able to resume many normal activities without suffering from shortness of breath.[21] Knee Cartilage Injuries Scientists have grown a "living bandage" from a patient's own adult stem cells to heal a common sporting knee injury. Every year about 80,000 men and women in Britain suffer tears to the meniscal cartilage, which acts as a shock absorbing cushion between the bones of the upper and lower leg. Many are in their twenties and thirties. The tears are frequently the result of twisting the leg during jogging, football, rugby, horse riding or skiing. Many sportsmen opt to have the tissue removed. Removal of the loose cartilage allows the athletes to recover, but it leaves bones in the knees exposed and osteoarthritis may develop. Scientists at Bristol University have now managed to heal cartilage tissue in a laboratory with stem cells taken from a patient's own bone marrow. They used the cells to coat a sponge-like scaffold made from collagen (a fibrous protein), which was then placed inside the tear in the cartilage. The stem cells pulled the two pieces of torn cartilage together. The team, led by Anthony Hollander, professor of rheumatology and tissue engineering, will now test the treatment on their first patients. Hollander said: "The stem cells knit across the two sides of the lesion and cause reuniting of the two sides. We hope that in the patient we can reunite the cartilage in a strong enough way to heal the wound completely." Jonathan Webb, a rugby fullback who played 33 times for England , became a victim of a meniscal cartilage injury in 1989. Webb, 45, who became an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports injuries after retiring from professional rugby, had cartilage removed but still needs repeated surgery on his knee. He said the stem cell breakthrough "offers the opportunity to rebuild the meniscal cartilage if it cannot be repaired. It may be that the professional sportsmen, who have the most to lose, will drive the technology forward."[22] Windpipe Reconstruction Doctors have given a woman a new windpipe with tissue grown from her own adult stem cells, eliminating the need for anti-rejection drugs. The transplant was given to Claudia Castillo, a 30-year-old Colombian mother of two living in Barcelona , who suffered from tuberculosis for years. After a severe collapse of her left lung in March, Castillo needed regular hospital visits to clear her airways and was unable to take care of her children. Doctors initially thought the only solution was to remove the entire left lung. But Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, head of thoracic surgery at Barcelona 's Hospital Clinic, proposed a windpipe transplant instead. Once doctors had a donor windpipe, scientists at Italy 's University of Padua stripped off all its cells, leaving only a tube of connective tissue. Meanwhile, doctors at the University of Bristol took a sample of Castillo's bone marrow from her hip. They used the bone marrow stem cells to create millions of cartilage and tissue cells to cover and line the windpipe. Experts at the University of Milan then used a device to put the new cartilage and tissue onto the windpipe. The new windpipe was transplanted into Castillo in June. Castillo has shown no signs of rejection and is not taking any immune-suppressing drugs, which can cause side effects like high blood pressure, kidney failure and cancer. "I was scared at the beginning," Castillo said in a press statement. "I am now enjoying life and am very happy that my illness has been cured." Her doctors say she is now able to take care of her children, and can walk reasonable distances without becoming out of breath. Castillo even reported dancing all night at a club in Barcelona recently. People who might benefit include children born with defective airways, people with scars or tumors in their windpipes, and those with collapsed windpipes. [23] Adult Stem Cells from Wisdom Teeth Japanese scientists say they have created human stem cells from tissue taken from the discarded wisdom teeth of a 10-year-old girl. The researchers say their work suggests that wisdom teeth could be a suitable alternative to human embryos as a source for therapeutic stem cells. Research involving stem cells is seen as having the potential to treat many life-threatening diseases. The researchers, based at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), say it will be at least five years before their findings result in practical medical applications. Stem cells have the ability to develop into other kinds of human cells, and experts believe they may eventually lead to treatments for some of the most intractable conditions, such as cancer and diabetes. The AIST researchers said they had identified a form of stem cell in the wisdom teeth which had the capability to develop and be grown successfully into other forms of cell outside the body. The cells they harvested continued to grow in the laboratory for just over a month.[24] Flexible Adult Stem Cells from Testes Scientists in Germany have shown that adult stem cells with the same flexibility as embryonic stem cells can be grown from human testes tissue. Like embryonic stem cells and iPS (induced pluripotent stem) cells, these human stem cells are pluripotent, showing the ability to grow for long periods in the lab and to form representatives of most or all tissues of the body. This is not the first report of pluripotent stem cells from testes. A different German team had previously published their results producing such flexible stem cells from mouse testes, and a U.S. group had also published results of producing these flexible stem cells from mice, while a U.S. company had claimed they were able to produce flexible stem cells from human testes. However, the German group is the first to publish evidence (online in the journal Nature) that such cells can be made from human testes tissue. According to senior author Thomas Skutella, "The advantage these cells have in comparison to embryonic stem cells is that there is no ethical problem with these cells and that they are natural." Skutella is a professor at the Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine in Tuebingen, Germany .[25] William L. Saunders is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Human Life and Bioethics at Family Research Council. Dr. David Prentice is Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at Family Research Council and a Founding Member of Do No Harm. Jan Ledochowski and Lukas Lucenic were Witherspoon Fellows at FRC in the Summer and Spring of 2008, respectively.

[1] Adult stem cell success stories: January-June 2008- http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS08G01 ; 2007- http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS07L01 ; 2006- http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS06H01 [2] Adult Stem Cell Treatments-9 Faces of Success, http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=BC06I01 [3] SCOT study. Accessed at: http://www.sclerodermatrial.org/ [4] Neergaard, Lauran, "Her Own Stem Cells Started Rebuilding Her Immune System," CNS News (September 25, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=36338 [5] Prentice, David, "Making Memories with Adult Stem Cells," (September 30, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.frcblog.com/2008/09/making_memories_with_adult_ste.html [6] Hill, Ruth, "Twin undergoes revolutionary brain injury treatment," The Dominion Post (December 3, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4780241a11.html [7] Macrae, Fiona, "The teabag: Stem cells in a pack help stroke victim to talk again," Mail on Sunday (December 2, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/health/article-1091445/The-miracle-teabag-Stem-cells-pack-help-stroke-victim-talk-again.html [8] "Cord Blood Stem Cells Reverse Girl's Cerebral Palsy," Fox News (July 28, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,392061,00.html [9] Mackay-Sim A et al., "Autologous olfactory ensheathing cell transplantation in human paraplegia: a 3-year clinical trial," Brain (August 8, 2008). Accessed at: http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/awn173v1 [10] Cuda, Gretchen, "Life Giving Cells for All," NPR (July 9, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.wcpn.org/index.php/WCPN/news/12562/ , August 6, 2008 [11] , "Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Transport Anti-Cancer Drugs Directly to Tumors," Newswise (July 10, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/542521/?sc=rsla [12] Fox, Maggie, "Geneatech Team Grows Mice Prostate from Stem Cells," Reuters ( October 22, 2008 ). Accessed at: http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE49L66M20081022 [13] Place, Erin, "Sister's stem cells save vet's life" Palladium Times (November 9, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.palltimes.com/news/x1196575021/Sister-s-stem-cells-save-Vet-s-life [14] Skodack, Debra, "Cord blood helping baby with 'bubble boy' disease," USA Today (July 11, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-07-11-bubble-boy_N.htm [15] Kim, Margot, "Stem cells healing hearts," ABC (July 16, 2008). Accessed at: http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/health/health_watch&id=6247685 [16] Gardner, Amanda, "Heart Valves Fashioned from Stem Cells in Umbilical Cord Blood," Health Day ( November 16, 2008 ). Accessed at: http://www.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=621200 [17] White, Hilary, "Adult Stem Cells Greatly Accelerate Bone Regeneration in Australian Trial," LifeSiteNews (August 8, 2008. Accessed at: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/aug/08080808.html [18] Prentice, David, "Adult Stem Cells Help Liver (No Onions)," September 27, 2008. Accessed at: http://www.frcblog.com/2008/09/adult_stem_cells_help_liver_no.html [19] Leach, Ben, "Children saved by world-first bone marrow transplants at British hospitals," Telegraph (November 30, 2008). Accessed at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/3536753/Children-saved-by-world-first-bone-marrow-transplants-at-British-hospitals.html [20] Prentice, David. "Helping kidneys with adult stem cells," October 1, 2008 . Accessed at: http://www.frcblog.com/2008/10/

 
7982 05/04/2009 at 03:57:45 AM Self     I oppose the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings, when adult stem cells have been shown to be successful in treating 70 diseases and will not be rejected by the body because the patient's own tissue is being used.

In April, Dr. Oz shocked Oprah, Michael J. Fox and most of the viewing audience with assurance that treatment for Parkinson's will come through ethical stem-cell research.

The National Institutes of Health resource for stem cell research quotes the following powerful information, "Scientists have reported that adult stem cells occur in many tissues and that they enter normal differentiation pathways to form the specialized cell types of the tissue in which they reside." This is found in section 4 under 'Stem Cell Basics,' What are adult stem cells? The playing field is already stacked 70-0 in favor of ethical stem cell treatment--go with the sure thing--embryonic stem cells have the potential to go awry and turn into cancer cells per Dr. Oz. Why not realize the full potential of the adult stem cell where there is no destruction of human life.

I implore you to "go and do the right thing," with our tax dollars. We will all be judged some day for our actions, please do not take our hard earned money and continue to do these abhorrent things.

 
7983 05/04/2009 at 05:00:26 AM Self     God's function is to create life. Ours is to nourish and sustain life. Murdering defensless babies is the worst shame and man's lowest depravity. May God have mercy on your murderous souls.

Using embryonic cells from the placenta is one thing-the life process has been completed. The placenta stem cells are adequate to help grow organ parts that may sustain life. This is not murder.

Remember, GOD creates life....................

 
7984 05/04/2009 at 05:13:09 AM Self     i oppose the destruction of any Human Embyo for research. Embryo's are Human Life. Embryonic Stem Cell research has no successes, Adult Stem Cell reasearch has many successes. Put the money into Adult Stem Cell Research where it will do some good.

 
7985 05/04/2009 at 05:26:48 AM Self     Spend the money on studying adult stem cells which have already been proven to work. Don't waste time and money in finding cures for people who so desperately need it.

 
7986 05/04/2009 at 05:43:08 AM Self     Please l beg you to fully participate and support President Obama in his forward thinking, compassionate views for stem cell research. I have parkinsons disease, and l am a young person. I implore you to fully support stem cell research . This will be the cure, this will help so many people once again be healthy. All l ask is that you consider , walk a mile in my steps, if you had parkinsons disease, what would you want

Please dont forget that our future, is in your hands. I live in Australia, and my health is in your hands

 
7987 05/04/2009 at 05:52:30 AM Self     I am against ESC research. I am against my tax dollars paying for research on stem cells derived from embryos who are supposedly "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these tiny humans, the NIH guidelines would sentence them to death. This is morally unacceptable to me. Please consider this. Thank you.

 
7988 05/04/2009 at 06:02:13 AM Organization A Century 21 Disciple of Jesus http://AC21DOJ.org I respectfully but very strongly urge you to oppose any and all research that results in the destruction and/or cloning of human embryos. Besides being an immoral act that greatly devalues human life, such research is both counterproductive and completely unnecessary in light of the tremendous advances being made using other type stem cells. I urge you to take into consideration "The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Cloning" by Robert P. George, Ph.D. and the Family Research Council, located online at: http://ac21doj.org/FRC-TheEthicsofEmbryonicStemCellResearchAndHumanCloning.html

 
7989 05/04/2009 at 06:14:08 AM Self     I am opposed to the use of federal funds i.e. my tax dollars for the funding of embryonic stim cell research. I believe that human life begins at moment an egg is fertilized therefore the destruction of these human embryos for any reason is destruction of a human life. I do faver very strongly research in adult stim celle research where proven progress is being made. very respectfully,

 
7990 05/04/2009 at 06:22:42 AM Self     I am against and personally opposed to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. I am not opposed to adult stem cells. Embryonic takes a human life to achieve the results, adult does not. I also am opposed to the use of the term stem cell research to speak of both. There is a difference and each one should be spoke of separately. The ends does not justify the means. I encourage you to use adult, there have been cures and treatments and a hope of more of the same to come from adult stem cells. But to date there has not been one single cure, treatment or anything even close to something hopeful to come from embryonic stem cell research. And I hope and don't believe there ever will be because it is wrong and terribly unethical.

 
7991 05/04/2009 at 06:22:54 AM Self     Many of the diseases most likely to be cured by stem cells lead to years of suffering and and loss of independence before death. We all must die, but no one deserves to go through the ravages of Alzheimer's or MS or Parkinson's disease before death. I am thrilled the guidelines have been made more rational.

 
7992 05/04/2009 at 06:25:31 AM Self     I am against and personally opposed to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. I am not opposed to adult stem cells. Embryonic takes a human life to achieve the results, adult does not. I also am opposed to the use of the term stem cell research to speak of both. There is a difference and each one should be spoke of separately. The ends does not justify the means. I encourage you to use adult, there have been cures and treatments and a hope of more of the same to come from adult stem cells. But to date there has not been one single cure, treatment or anything even close to something hopeful to come from embryonic stem cell research. And I hope and don't believe there ever will be because it is wrong and terribly unethical.

 
7993 05/04/2009 at 06:26:31 AM Self     I am against and personally opposed to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. I am not opposed to adult stem cells. Embryonic takes a human life to achieve the results, adult does not. I also am opposed to the use of the term stem cell research to speak of both. There is a difference and each one should be spoke of separately. The ends does not justify the means. I encourage you to use adult, there have been cures and treatments and a hope of more of the same to come from adult stem cells. But to date there has not been one single cure, treatment or anything even close to something hopeful to come from embryonic stem cell research. And I hope and don't believe there ever will be because it is wrong and terribly unethical.

 
7994 05/04/2009 at 06:27:24 AM Self     I am against and personally opposed to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. I am not opposed to adult stem cells. Embryonic takes a human life to achieve the results, adult does not. I also am opposed to the use of the term stem cell research to speak of both. There is a difference and each one should be spoke of separately. The ends does not justify the means. I encourage you to use adult, there have been cures and treatments and a hope of more of the same to come from adult stem cells. But to date there has not been one single cure, treatment or anything even close to something hopeful to come from embryonic stem cell research. And I hope and don't believe there ever will be because it is wrong and terribly unethical.

 
7995 05/04/2009 at 06:29:42 AM Self     We STRONGLY oppose the use of any and all federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells. We strongly advocate the use of federal monies for studying the benefits of using adult stem cells.

 
7996 05/04/2009 at 06:51:07 AM Self     STOP, don't proceed! It is not necessary to use the fetal stem cells! The cures for so many problems is already available through ADULT STEM Cells. By proceeding with the fetal stem cells destruction those in the "Elected Offices" that vote to proceed are shaking their fists at all Americans that value life and in truth they responsible for the lives of these people that would "have been". Accountability, does it have meaning anymore?

 
7997 05/04/2009 at 06:59:07 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells yield much better results and do not take innocent life.

 
7998 05/04/2009 at 07:03:34 AM Self     We are asking you to not destroy human embryos for research, but to adopt them to couples who will love these children and raise them to be citizens of the United States of America.

 
7999 05/04/2009 at 07:05:03 AM Self     The basic principal that a unique, alive human being is formed when egg and sperm combine, creating an individual with DNA, personality and so on is what this is about. We are not endowed with the right to destroy life in this country, and not to create it, especially to destroy it! Even if one cure is found that will help, is it right to kill someone else to help someone else? There are variant other stem cells to work with that have proven successful. Please stop this path to human destruction in the name of saving humans.

Thank You, Sincerely -

 
8000 05/04/2009 at 07:05:59 AM Self     We don't understand all the legal talk, but we do understand that stem cell research was not God's purpose for creating man. We do not agree to human stem cell research unless it is with adult cells and only adult cells.. We are being FORCED to fund (through our tax dollars) things that we are Biblically and morally opposed to.

 
8001 05/04/2009 at 07:06:12 AM Self     I am writing to urge you to not to kill these unborn human embryos, as with abortion it is considered killing human life! I would urge you instead to offer up these unborn for adoption at a low cost to traditionally married couples unable to conceive on their own. Additionally I oppose using any federal tax money to fund embryonic stem cell research! I've searched the web and other sources and my findings have discovered that adult human stem cells have already proven to be useful in many research treatments while embryonic ones have not produced results! Sincerely,

 
8002 05/04/2009 at 07:06:13 AM Self     I strongly encourage reinstating a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research [ESC] for these resasons:

* ESC research destroys a human life and is thus not ethical or worthy of federal tax dollars regardless of future benefits; it is never ethical to destroy innocent life in the hope [not certainty] of saving others. This is true even for so-called "leftover" [a term which should never be used to describe human life] embryos from in-vitro fertilization, who should be adopted for future birth, not destroyed for research

* Embryonic stem cell research has yet to produce any viable cures or benefits, while the ethically responsible alternative, adult stem cell research, has produced many

* Recent advances, such as the piggyBac system of creating safe iPS cells [embryonic-type cells] that do not result in the destruction of human life make the need to fund the ethically-troubling and long unproven science of embryonic stem cells unnecessary.

for these reasons, I oppose the use of tax dollars to fund scientific experiementation which results in killing innocent human life, i.e. ESC research.

Thank you.

 
8003 05/04/2009 at 07:08:00 AM Self     I am writing to urge you to not to kill these unborn human embryos, as with abortion it is considered killing human life! I would urge you instead to offer up these unborn for adoption at a low cost to traditionally married couples unable to conceive on their own. Additionally I oppose using any federal tax money to fund embryonic stem cell research! I've searched the web and other sources and my findings have discovered that adult human stem cells have already proven to be useful in many research treatments while embryonic ones have not produced results! Sincerely,

 
8004 05/04/2009 at 07:09:09 AM Self     I do not support President Obama's stand to overturn President Bush's desicsion on stem cell research.

 
8005 05/04/2009 at 07:09:27 AM Self     I am writing to urge you to not to kill these unborn human embryos, as with abortion it is considered killing human life! I would urge you instead to offer up these unborn for adoption at a low cost to traditionally married couples unable to conceive on their own. Additionally I oppose using any federal tax money to fund embryonic stem cell research! I've searched the web and other sources and my findings have discovered that adult human stem cells have already proven to be useful in many research treatments while embryonic ones have not produced results! Sincerely,

 
8006 05/04/2009 at 07:10:26 AM Self     I am writing to urge you to not to kill these unborn human embryos, as with abortion it is considered killing human life! I would urge you instead to offer up these unborn for adoption at a low cost to traditionally married couples unable to conceive on their own. Additionally I oppose using any federal tax money to fund embryonic stem cell research! I've searched the web and other sources and my findings have discovered that adult human stem cells have already proven to be useful in many research treatments while embryonic ones have not produced results! Sincerely,

 
8007 05/04/2009 at 07:22:52 AM Self     I oppose all use of my tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. I favor only adult and cord blood research.

 
8008 05/04/2009 at 07:24:07 AM Self     To whome it may concerne, I am commenting on embryonic and adult stem cell reserch! I have spoken to people about this very subject at the NIH,FDA, NHLBI,I also sent a letter to the Surgeon General about six weeks ago, and was promised a response, to date I have received nothing.I have been interested in getting a bone marrow transplant using my own bone marrow as a therapy for my lungs. I am on the lung transplant list and day by day my condition is getting worse.The NIH and FDA told me that they had not done any reserch on bone marrow and the lungs so they could not help me. I asked both NIH,FDA,about informed consent forms. They both told me that I could not have the forms, they have to come from a Doctor. How do you find a Doctor to ask him about imformed consent when there arn't any, because there has been no human research with bone marrow and the lungs? So then I asked about using unconventional research medicine (e.g. stem cells on a compassionate basis, I was told they did not know what I was talking about. The things I asked about are on their web sites, I don't understand. I have severe COPD in both lungs top and bottom so an LVR is not an option, also my Doctor is afraid that I may bleed to death if I had an IBV or EASE stent procedure. I have no quality of life, the only time I go anywhere is to the doctor or hospital. I spend most of my time alone and using oxygen more and more just to walk around the house. I have read positive results about bone marrow transplants and the lungs, from American Doctors and citizens who leave the country to perform or receive there own bone marrow. unfortunatly i am unable to pay the cost of $25.000 to $54.000 dollers.I am on a limited income of about $650.00 a month.I feel strongly that bone marrow study will help me and probably many others who have no cure diseases. If the NIH needs a candidate for human research study. I am more than willing, no strings attached, just tell me when and where. At the moment my son is in a combat zone, when he left he was more concerned about me than himself. He told me to take care of my health and to be here when he returns. I would like to honor his request. The reason that I would like to use my own bone marrow or autologus blood is because there is no chance of rejection and will not compromise my immune system. I am sure there are many many people out there who believe the same, our immune systems are compromised enough with the medicine that we have to take, I urge that President Obama and the NIH to approve ones own bone marrow stem cells with slight manipulation for people like me, and give us a chance at life. It has been reported that adult bone marrow stem cell studies have shown more than considerable promise when used in the lungs. Embryonic stem cells are still in the research phase, which means a much longer wait for people like myself with no cure diseases.

 
8009 05/04/2009 at 07:26:35 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.

 
8010 05/04/2009 at 07:30:45 AM Self     Human life is sacred and should be preserved at all levels.Science has proven that life begins at conception.When we as a people start down the path to destroy life we are standing in the place of God. I urge you not take this position to use human embryos as a research tool.We send a wrong message to our nation when our govt. does not hold human life so valuable that we protect it at all levels.

 
8011 05/04/2009 at 07:39:21 AM Self     I oppose President Barack Obama's executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I do not want my tax dollars used in this manner. 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.

 
8012 05/04/2009 at 07:43:45 AM Self     Mr Pres. Please don't use my hard earned money to kill the unborn because my belief is that all life is granted by our creator and should be treated with respect.Jesus dose not give us disposible life.I'll be praying for and your team for a mercfull heart. Thank you

 
8013 05/04/2009 at 07:45:52 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.

 
8014 05/04/2009 at 07:46:55 AM Self     I am opposed to using federal tax dollars to fund the destruction of embryonic babies for use in medical research of any kind. These embryonic babies should be made available for adoption, not destruction.

It has been medically shown that adult stem cells have held promise results in research, while embryonic stem cells have not. There is no reason to waste our tax money (which IS ours, not the government's) or waste the potential child that each embryo represents.

Let's do what is prudent and expedient in this, and NOT fund it with tax dollars!

 
8015 05/04/2009 at 07:47:55 AM Self     Please consider the interests of the constituant whom you serve.

I am a firm believer in the sanctity of human life. Life is the basis of any society. Death of any sort, promotes destruction. Abortion on demand is a betrayal of our responsibility to safeguard life. We need to protect the unborn and stop allowing the mother's womb to be the most unsafe place in America for any child to be.

Toward this end, embryonic stem cell research most not be allowed. To date, no advancements in fighting diseases has come directly from embryonic stem cell research. All gainers have come from human stem cell research.

Please reconsider your views on embryonic stem cell research and instead invest funds where the real benefits lie, human stem cell research.

Sincerely,

 
8016 05/04/2009 at 07:47:58 AM Self     Please stop the use of stem cells from aborted babies and invitro "left overs". This will lead to the killing of more inocent lives.

 
8017 05/04/2009 at 07:51:14 AM Self     I oppose the use of your taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings.

 
8018 05/04/2009 at 07:51:56 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.

 
8019 05/04/2009 at 08:04:35 AM Self     I am opposed to the destruction of human embryos for stem cell research. I believe in the sanctity of human life and stand opposed to this scientific research on moral grounds.

 
8020 05/04/2009 at 08:05:53 AM Self     I don't believe we should experiment with "Left over" embryos. These human beings deserve more dignity than that. You're entering a slippery slope of devaluing human life.

Please let stand former Pres Busch's ruling on this.

 
8021 05/04/2009 at 08:05:57 AM Self     Please don't do this! Please

 
8022 05/04/2009 at 08:11:06 AM Self     To President Obama and the National Institute of Health: Adult stem cells along with umbilical cord stem cells are exceeding the expectations of science. Embryonic stem cells do not!! You had better heed this as a warning from God that embryonic stem cells ARE NEVER to be used in experimentation or for other Freak-like purposes. God has given us what we need for experimentation, and you , ONCE AGAIN, are sneaking beyond HIS parameters. You have no authority, moral or otherwise to experiment on, or kill precious children in the womb. You are all so very arrogant. Stop this insanity NOW!!

 
8023 05/04/2009 at 08:14:04 AM Self     As a mother of three children, all adopted, I am writing to oppose the NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines. I know many couples (us included) who are infertile and are looking into different avenues of building a family. One of these ways is through adoption of embryos. I know while President George W. Bush was in office he hosted a luncheon with "Snowflake" Babies. These were children who were given the chance at life because they were adopted as embryos and implanted inside the womb. My husband and I looked into this avenue of adoption because we wanted to give life. However, it is very expensive and is not given a tax credit like the one given for children adopted already out of the womb. I would much rather see funding go towards helping families adopt these embryos instead of funding towards destroying them for research. I know many believe this is helping us advance science in finding cures for different diseases--however, we have already seen the success of adult stem research in this area. Why must we take a life that has never been given a chance? I also believe if we fund embryonic stem cell research we will see a rise in abortion due to the money that will be recieved in "buying" those aborted embryos. Instead, let us use money towards discovering the after effects of an abortion, the mental and emotional stress (the things that are not reported by the media: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, suicide, broken relationships, self loathing, the list could continue). If we truly care about the lives of humans and bringing healing to them, then let us place our government's money in the most effective places. Thank you for taking the time to read my comments. I consider it a privledge to be a part of a nation that allows me to express my views without the backlash of persecution. May God give you wisdom as you make decisions on behalf of all the people (embryos, babies, children, and adults) of this nation.

 
8024 05/04/2009 at 08:15:58 AM Self     It is a proven fact that more results can and have been obtained from adult stem cells than they have ever done with embryonic stem cells. Not one has been accomplished with embryonic stem cells.

Please preserve the sanctity of life by stopping this heinous practice.

Thank you

 
8025 05/04/2009 at 08:17:47 AM Self     Please, have mercy on the babies. Stop shedding innocent blood or our nation will suffer for these murders.

 
8026 05/04/2009 at 08:18:32 AM Self     I oppose the use of my Federal Tax dollars for funding embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). I feel that expanded ESCR creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. I feel it is immoral 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 encourage their death. Please focus instead upon umbilical and adult stem cells

 
8027 05/04/2009 at 08:19:14 AM Self     Funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. 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.

This makes no sense.

 
8028 05/04/2009 at 08:20:49 AM Self     I have two children with Type 1 (autoimmune) Diabetes for many years now. They need a cure. After 8 years of an anti-science based administration, I feel they may actually get that chance now. They deserve every avenue to a cure be explored. They are sick of the impact that this disease has on their lives.

 
8029 05/04/2009 at 08:20:53 AM Self     STOP, Please, what you are doing is murder, and there is a "Pay Day Someday".

 
8030 05/04/2009 at 08:21:32 AM Self     An embryo is a life - living, viable. Please do what you can to protect life, not destroy it.

 
8031 05/04/2009 at 08:22:17 AM Self     Americans should not be paying for the murder of these small human beings. We should create a plan for the adoption of these embryos.

 
8032 05/04/2009 at 08:23:29 AM Self     I am opposed to the deliberate destruction of human life for any purpose. The directly intended destruction of a human life, even at its earliest stages, is a moral evil. And we ought not do evil so that good may come, even the prospect of great good through medical research. Thus, I am opposed to the use of federal monies--i.e., my tax dollars--to fund research that destroys human embryos to extract stem cells. Such research treats human life as a "natural resource" to be mined and thus converts human life into a means to an ends. If the NIH truly wants an ethical policy on stem cell research, it will not give the official sanction of public funding to embryonic stem cell research that entails the directly intended destruction of human life.

The question of the disposition of left-over embryos in fertility clinics is indeed a difficult dilemma. But that is a dilemma created by the in vitro fertilization industry, which itself is lacking in proper ethical limits by creating "excess" lives that can be abandoned without thought. To "redeem" these abandoned lives by destroying them for the potential good of others is no answer, for it violates the fundamental moral principle by destroying a basic good.

*****, PhD Instructor of Philosophy *****

 
8033 05/04/2009 at 08:26:11 AM Self     I am very much opposed to the use of my taxpayer dollars for experiments that rely on killing embryonic human beings. Please stop embryonic stem cell research -- there have been NO cures by using these stem cells -- but, with using adult stem cells, there has been over 70 cures found! I oppose killing embryonic human beings for any reason!

 
8034 05/04/2009 at 08:26:45 AM Self     We oppose the use of our tax dollars for human embryo stem cell research. I have a cousin who has been diagnosed with lymphoma and she had a procedure performed at ***** in ***** where her own stem cells were used to treat her cancer and since then she has been in remission. So the use of human embryos is not necessary.

 
8035 05/04/2009 at 08:28:57 AM Self     I oppose Federal Funding for embryonic cell research.

 
8036 05/04/2009 at 08:31:04 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is morally & ethically wrong as well as being a waste of money since there have been no successes in their use. Adult stem cells research has been very successful & that is where funding should be used. And you do not have to kill the "donor"

 
8037 05/04/2009 at 08:31:21 AM Self     I oppose regulations and funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. Do not send tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Promote the adoption of these human embryos, instead of their death.

 
8038 05/04/2009 at 08:33:29 AM Self     I am absolutely not in support of using little tiny babies for the harvesting of stem cells. So much research has been done which suggests that stem cells can be harvested from adults and that the most helpless and defenseless among us need not be euthanized in order to help suffering "adultkind". There are so many people who would love and tenderly care for the "least of these". I would never fund any of these practices out of my pocket, and I do not want my tax dollars to fund them either. This practice of euthanizing the tiniest babies for the purpose of experimentation and harvesting is against my conscience. There are other solutions. Please do not do this.

 
8039 05/04/2009 at 08:40:24 AM Self     STOP KILLING BABIES WITH OUR MONEY.

 
8040 05/04/2009 at 08:41:28 AM Self     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. Please reconsider!

 
8041 05/04/2009 at 08:41:36 AM Self     I first of all believe that tax payer's dollars are already being spent without regard to the tax payer's desires and wishes. I am anti abortion and the left over embryos of citizens should not be used without consent. I believe there are other methods that can be used to achieve the same thing.

 
8042 05/04/2009 at 08:41:42 AM Self     We are writing to oppose the use of human embryonic stem cells in any form of research. This is a deplorable practice as it requires the taking of a human life in the name of science. Once conception has taken place there is a life that has been created. This is confirmed by the opening statment of the "Draft NIH Human Stem Cell Guidelines" :

[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.]

All forms of human life should be protected under American law. There must be some basis of morality to our decisions as a nation or we will have placed no sanctity on anyone's life.

 
8043 05/04/2009 at 08:42:39 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

 
8044 05/04/2009 at 08:43:27 AM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future. The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines. Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes. We do not yet know which stem cell sources may ultimately lead to a cure or be the most clinically useful or practical for patients with type 1 diabetes. It is clear, however, that the more knowledge we gain about embryonic stem cells, the better we can assess the full therapeutic potential of all stem cell sources. These draft guidelines allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos from fertility clinics will ensure that this research matures and its potential is more fully realized. I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
8045 05/04/2009 at 08:44:40 AM Self     Embryos should not be created and used for scientific research when we have other sourses of stem cells that are curing illness.

Please curtail this barbaric act!

 
8046 05/04/2009 at 08:45:19 AM Self     It is murder to take a life, a viable embryo, and destroy it for scientific reasons. If that child were in the womb and the mother murdered, it has already been decided in the courts that the murderer could be tried for two murders. Why is this any different. Life is life and who are we to judge which one is worth saving. It is a dangerous path where we start judging each instance of life based on its good to society (or science).

 
8047 05/04/2009 at 08:46:33 AM Self     Human embryos are HUMAN and should be protected. Tax dollars should not be used to kill human embryos. Experiments with adult stem cells are providing the solutions needed without killing human embryos.

 
8048 05/04/2009 at 08:48:28 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.

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.

 
8049 05/04/2009 at 08:49:30 AM Self     I feel strongly that the human embryo should not be used for research purposes. These tiny people have already had their lives frozen in time, mostly from IVF and there is little hope that they will ever be able to develop into fully developed children who are born. Yet and still, they deserve respect and to use them for experiments is not only disrespectful, it is a fatal blow to any potential chance of their survival. I have seen small children who were eventually born after being frozen as embryos and they are every bit as viable and alive as any other child. This path is leading us toward total disrespect for the value of human life and the justification is much like the ones you hear when you visit the Holocaust Museum in our nation's capital. It is truly amazing that we could en mass decry Hitler and all of his inhumane experiments and continue to push forward on embryonic stem cell research. Where is our national conscience?

 
8050 05/04/2009 at 08:51:02 AM Self     We oppose our tax dollars being used on killing embryonic human beings by leftover vitro fertilization. I can not beleive our government supports abortions, yet let's the flood gate open to illegal immigration. OUR GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY WORK FOR THEIR OWN IDEAS AND THEMSELF. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS LET US DOWN IN EVERYWAY. IF IT'S YOUR OWN MONEY DO AS YOUR PLEASE, BUT IT'S NOT. SO STOP PUSHING YOUR IDEAS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!! GET YOUR OWN MONEY AND DO WHAT YOU WANT NOT WITH MY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
8051 05/04/2009 at 08:52:39 AM Self     I am against Stem Cell period

 
8052 05/04/2009 at 08:52:56 AM Self     I oppose the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research

 
8053 05/04/2009 at 08:54:17 AM Self     Please consider allowing these leftover embryos the BEAUTIFUL option of adoption. The snowflake program has been an excellent choice for these iced babies to make it to life. Little information is given to the public at large about this; as well as misinformation is offered to the public about the fact that there has been little scientific proof that ESCR productivity to find these "promised cures" that have been very successful with adult stem cell research. This moves toward desensitizing our society about the value of human life. These embryos are not specks of pollen to be exterminated at the whim of mega-controlled Congress and executive office - funded by the tax-payer dollar!

 
8054 05/04/2009 at 08:55:54 AM Self     Do not use embryonic stem cells for research. It is wrong. Open your bible and start praying.

 
8055 05/04/2009 at 08:56:07 AM Self     I wish to speak to the following:

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.

Executive Order 13505 should not be allowed as it orders the killing of human beings that could and should be adopted.

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.

I do not agree that embryonic stem cells are the best means to help. I do agree that much has been gained by the study and use of adult stem cells and that money should not be taken away from adult stem cell study to fund embryonic stem cells.

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.

The Dickey-Wicker Amendment should stay in place or one that is stronger be put in place to protect human life. An annual ban prohibiting funding for embryo research should become permanent.

 
8056 05/04/2009 at 08:57:56 AM Self     Murder is wrong. How much more simple can it be? I am definitely opposed to embryonic stem cell research! And much more opposed to spending MY tax dollars on it!!

 
8057 05/04/2009 at 08:58:04 AM Self     Embryonic stem cell research is condoning and encouraging human life experimentation. In other words...killing unborn children for the sake of science!! There are many types of stem cell research that are worthwile and do not raise any ethical questions because they don't harm anyone. Stem cells can be obtained WITHOUT KILLING UNBORN CHILDREN...from umbilical cord blood, from amniotic fluid and from many other types of non-embryonic tissue. Already 72 different diseases have received help from these "adult" stem cells.

Under the rubrick of stem-cell research there is nothing to prevent experimentation of any age of embryo as long it is for the "good of mankind". Where will it end? Giving into this type of research will lead to human beings being the new LAB RATS!

Please stop killing human embryos for their cells. Instead lets promote the adoption of these human embryos instead of letting the proposed draft guidelines require their death!!

 
8058 05/04/2009 at 08:59:00 AM Self     Please do not fund this terrible procedure. A huge majority, like my wife and self, are very much against this killing of innocent life. This none funding is not stoping them. But is showing that most people are not in favor of it and do not indorse it. The American taxpayers should not be forced to support something they are very much against. Finally, if you wish to support something that is working. Support adult Stem Cell research which is working very well.

 



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