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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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8758 05/04/2009 at 06:11:12 PM Self   Adult stem cells have successfully treated over 70 serious diseases. For 25 years, embryonic stem cells have not successfully treated any diseases. Please do not force taxpayers to fund this waste, let alone morally bankrupt choice of embryonic stem cell research.

 
8759 05/04/2009 at 06:11:21 PM Self     To force Americans to be complicit in the death of human embryos by using our tax dollars for this purpose would constitute a violation of the religious and moral tenets of every pro-life person in our country. And it is completely unnecessary – moral alternatives exist in adult stem cells, just as they exist for the vaccines!

 
8760 05/04/2009 at 06:11:57 PM Self     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. President Obama has issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells, further stating that the Secretary of HHS, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell. THERE IS CURRENTLY MUCH SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT ALTERNATIVE STEM CELLS CAN BE OBTAINED THROUGH OTHER SOURCES WHICH PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION, WHICH WOULD NOT VIOLATE AND DIMINISH the VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE. I ASK THAT THIS HIDEOUS DECISON BE RECONSIDERED and REVERSED and YOU RESPECT LIFE!

 
8761 05/04/2009 at 06:12:34 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future. The Administration’s Executive Order on stem cell research restored scientific decision-making to its rightful place at the NIH. In these guidelines, the NIH has demonstrated its capacity to formulate a research framework that will unleash the potential of embryonic stem cell research while maintaining the highest safety and ethical standards. I would encourage the NIH, however, to grandfather into this policy stem cell lines that have received federal funding, as well as existing lines that were derived in an ethically-responsible manner according to the best practices at the time. Research on these stem cell lines should be eligible for federal funding so that scientists can maximize the scientific advancements already achieved through research on these lines.

Research should be vigorously pursued on all promising stem cell sources that could potentially lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. While embryonic stem cell research is still in its early stages, this research has already yielded impressive results in our continuing effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Recent research suggests that embryonic stem cells can be differentiated to produce the insulin-producing beta cells that could reverse the course of type 1 diabetes.

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

I commend the NIH for allowing this important research to expand in a scientifically and ethically appropriate manner.

 
8762 05/04/2009 at 06:14:49 PM Self     We believe that using Embriotic stem cells is immoral. Medical science has proven that adult stem cells and other sources have a positive result. To rob embrios of life is morally wrong! Stop the murduring an anihilation human life!

 
8763 05/04/2009 at 06:16:02 PM Self     We are urging you to oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells.

Thank you.

 
8764 05/04/2009 at 06:16:17 PM Self     I oppose use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells that will create and destroy human embryos. Using my tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization is not something I will ever support. I support adoption of humans not the extermination of them. I do not support human embryonic stem cell research. Regarding the disclaimer below, the drafting of the subject guidelines is offensive to me. As a voting, tax paying legal American citizen, I recommend you not create the offensive guidelines and abandon stem cell research.

 
8765 05/04/2009 at 06:17:02 PM Self     I think it is a shame when you try and play God especially with babies killed off like this. Lord have mercy on America for this very thing. I do not agree with this at all and Im ashamed as a US citizen that my tax dollars would go to something I do not agree with. There are better things tax dollars could go too. This certainly is not one of them.

 
8766 05/04/2009 at 06:20:00 PM Self     Is the legalization of embryonic stem cell research a payback to the abortion lobby in that could aborted baby parts or placenta be used for embryonic stem cell research? My understanding is embryonic stem cell research is unnecessary as 70 cures have resulted from adult stem cell use.

On ethical grounds, I oppose the killing of human embryos. These regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research that I believe is unethical.

• Although scientists have been conducting research with both adult and embryonic stem cells for years, only research with adult stem cells has yielded any successes in the treatment of human disease. More than 70 diseases and conditions presently are being treated with adult stem cell therapy. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from this successful research with adult stem cells and away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of human embryos.

• Research with embryonic stem cells has been plagued with problems. Tests, which to date have been limited to animals due to the inherent risks, invariably have ended in failure due to immune rejection and rapid replication of cells leading to cancerous tumors.

• The reason most frequently stated for opening up research with embryonic stem cells is the ability of embryonic stem cells to differentiate into all cells of the body. But research has proven that adult stem cells have the same ability to change into every kind of cell, tissue and organ in the body.

• These guidelines do not require any separation between an in vitro fertilization (IVF) doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say that they “should” be separate, but only when practicable. The guidelines allow any IVF doctor to create more embryos than are needed for fertility purposes in order to generate more so-called “leftover” embryos for ESCR research using taxpayer funds.

• The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of human embryos as to their options for their human embryos to be adopted by other infertile couples.

 
8767 05/04/2009 at 06:21:18 PM Self     I am opposed to federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Success is already occurring in ADULT stem cells and does not require the destruction of life.

 
8768 05/04/2009 at 06:21:33 PM Self     Personal Response to President Barack H. Obama, Executive Order 13505

If the order is meant to use human embryos for experimental purposes, the end does not justify the means.

The means are inferior and subject to the eternal law of God; natural law applicable to our whole planet. All governments of the planet are inferior to, subject to, and answeralbe to the Supreme Being, Maker of our Universe.

As I read through the pages, I have a feeling of a play on words that distorts meaning and morality. If my feelings are correct, I am adamantly opposed, and hold to my sentiments expressed above.

 
8769 05/04/2009 at 06:21:43 PM Self     There is no need to use embryonic stem cells in research, since adult stem cells can yield results that are effective and far less controversial. Please avoid this dehumanizing procedure.

 
8770 05/04/2009 at 06:21:48 PM Self     please think through these guidelines to promote a better way in our prosperous society where where people are precious and sacred. I pray for you to open your mind to the good you could be doing instead of life-taking measures which are unfounded based on success of other options.

 
8771 05/04/2009 at 06:21:51 PM Self     To NIH:

By all reports adult stem cells have all the advantages for research that embronic stem cells do not. Adult cells are currently treating conditions while embronic has not provided any help. Get a clue and follow the research. Stop killing humans in the name of research! Tell Mr. President, NO!

 
8772 05/04/2009 at 06:22:31 PM Self     I am opposed to the use of embryonic stem cells for research. The use of adult stem cells has proven to be very advantageous contrary to the use of embryonic cells which has not proven successful. We should put our efforts and our funds into research with the adult stem cells.

 
8773 05/04/2009 at 06:22:45 PM Self     The NIH states their intention is to create guidelines that are "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law".

"Ethically responsible"

Destruction of human life for research purposes is not ethical, no matter what the perceived benefit may be. The basic tenets of ethical principles state that "One must never do evil so that good may come from it." Destroying one human being to benefit another violates every moral principle known outside the third world and violates the moral and religious sensibilities of millions of taxpayers. How can one consider any research to be ethical if it only benefits those who are not morally offended? Hundreds of thousands of Americans are refusing to use vaccines produced from aborted fetal cell lines. Shouldn't public tax dollars be used in a manner that benefits ALL Americans?

"Scientifically worthy"

Despite years of research and billions of dollars poured into embryonic stem cell research using private funds, to date, there has not been one single cure for any human illness using embryonic stem cells, while adult stem cells continue to provide cures for thousands of patients with over 70 diseases. For a list of some of these treatments, see: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/data/315/5810/328b/DC1/1

In addition, embryonic stem cells have consistently proved that fatal tumors form whenever they are manipulated for use in treatments and because they are not patient-specific, like most adult stem cell treatments, patients will have severe immune rejection problems.

"In Accordance with Existing Law"

Research which involves the deliberate destruction of human life violates every principle found in existing law, including the Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR 46, (See http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm ) and the Dickey Wicker Amendment, which was signed into law under President Clinton and states:

SEC. 509. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for-- (1) the creation of a human embryo or embryos for research purposes; or (2) research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under 45 CFR 46.208(a)(2) and Section 498(b) of the Public Health Service Ac (42 U.S.C. 289g(b)) (Title 42, Section 289g(b), United States Code). (b) For purposes of this section, the term "human embryo or embryos" includes any organism, not protected as a human subject under 45 CFR 46 (the Human Subject Protection regulations) . . . that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, or any other means from one or more human gametes (sperm or egg) or human diploid cells (cells that have two sets of chromosomes, such as somatic cells). In addition, US Constitution guarantees the right to life for every human being. Embryos ARE human beings - and this is not an ideological fact - it is a scientific fact. Embryos do not start out as some other sort of life form - they are not carrots or puppies that evolve somehow through the development process. From the first moment of the union of the egg and sperm, the embryo has all DNA necessary to become a unique individual, including hair color, eye color, personality traits, etc. Thus, as a human individual, they are entitled to the same protection under Federal Law as other human beings.

 
8774 05/04/2009 at 06:23:26 PM Self     I am opposed to federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Success is already occurring with ADULT stem cells and this does not require destruction of human life. Therefore, this is ETHICAL. Killing is UNETHICAL. If there are those who think embryonic stem cells will result in success, then let THEM fund it with their own money!

 
8775 05/04/2009 at 06:24:09 PM Self     I oppose taxpayer funding of embryos where they are destroyed as I feel that all people have a right to life as stated by our Constitution. I support adult stem cell research as well as other methods of extracting stem cells that do not destory embryos. We already have several successful treatments for serious diseases using adult stem cells so I feel money should be spent there building on previous successes.

 
8776 05/04/2009 at 06:27:10 PM Self     I strongly oppose the use of federal funds for research on human embryonic stem cells. Life is sacred!

 
8777 05/04/2009 at 06:29:23 PM Self     Embryonic Stem Cell Research is an affront to the Natural Law. Today when so many advances and cures have been found using adult stem cells and now with the advancement of pluripotent stem cells, there is absolutely no reason to pursue the destruction of human embryos, except to advance the culture of death.

When it is said only frozen embryos are being used, which would otherwise be discarded, let me point out the number of “snowflake” babies alive today who were once these “worthless” embryos. A life is a life, no matter how small. Would you say, let’s experiment and kill prisoners on death row because, after all, they are going to die anyhow?! Can you imagine the outcry!

We are on a very slippery slope tampering with human life like this.

 
8778 05/04/2009 at 06:29:38 PM Self     On ethical grounds, I oppose the killing of human embryos. These regulations will force people like me (a tax payer) to pay for research, with my tax dollars, that I believe to be unethical.

 
8779 05/04/2009 at 06:31:03 PM Self     I am a mother of 5 healthy children. I have chosen vaccinations for all of them. However, using embryonic stem cells to facilitate those vaccinations is not only unethical, but disgusting. How would you like to be injected with remains from your dead spouse/relative/friend? Using human remains violates most people's moral values. If ESC are used for vaccinations, I will sign a waiver to avoid any further vaccinations and will protest this violation to the best of my abilities. Please, consider that you too were once an embryo. How would the world around you be affected if you were not here? Our world has been adversely affected by the choice of death of the unborn as it is. Please don't continue this path.

 
8780 05/04/2009 at 06:33:55 PM Self     These guideline are repulsive to me and makes me and my wife an accessory to Government sanctioned murder of innocent life...do not implement these guidelines for our future families sakes.

 
8781 05/04/2009 at 06:34:29 PM Self     Research has clearly shown that adult stem cells and cells from umbilical cords have been used successfully to treat many diseases. Whereas embryos are like wild cards no one really knows what they are going to do so why kill life when these cells cannot be controlled. Stick with what works and what is morally feasible.

 
8782 05/04/2009 at 06:36:00 PM Self     Embryonic stem cells are not needed because adult stem cells are more viable and useful immediately by the user. The government has no business getting involved in research, it should be a private enterprise function.

 
8783 05/04/2009 at 06:39:06 PM Self     Please publish the costs and benefits of stem cell research, prior to 2009 - March - 09 sorted by embryonic stem cell research and all other stem cell research.

There have been a lot of claims for all the wonderful cures that will result from embryonic stem cell research. What cures have been effected, at what dollar cost, and what failures have occurred particularly those that resulted.

I have heard that research on stem cells not procured by killing embryos has produced cures without the byproduct of slaughtering embryos or killing the recipients of the stem cells which are intended to produce a cure.

 
8784 05/04/2009 at 06:40:00 PM Self     Destruction of human life for research purposes is not ethical, no matter what the perceived benefit may be. Despite years of research and billions of dollars poured into embryonic stem cell research using private funds, to date, there has not been one single cure for any human illness using embryonic stem cells, while adult stem cells continue to provide cures for thousands of patients with over 70 diseases. Research which involves the deliberate destruction of human life violates every principle found in existing law.

 
8785 05/04/2009 at 06:41:54 PM Self     Please repeal any funding for embryonic stem cell research and divert the funds to the much more promising research with adult stem cells. We should not kill embryos for stem cells when adult stem cell research is producing far more promising results.

 
8786 05/04/2009 at 06:42:46 PM Self     Do you realize this is Murder? The same as if you shot anyone!

 
8787 05/04/2009 at 06:42:52 PM Self     please stop research using embryonic stem cells, there has been advancement with adult stem cells. Why continue uing stem cells where there has been little break throughs. Thank you

 
8788 05/04/2009 at 06:47:05 PM Self     "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy," ??? How can it be? Even IF research starts out to be ethically responsible, greed will ultimately win out and ethics will go down the drain. AND - right from the beginning it is scientifically unworthy. All the previous research has resulted in no cures, no help; whereas the research using adult stem cells has proven time and again that it works. PLEASE do not allow funding for embryonic cell research!!!

 
8789 05/04/2009 at 06:50:01 PM Self     I strongly oppose tax-payer funded research using embryos. There is a different more humane option for "left-over" frozen embryos: adoption. There are already successful therapies from using adult stem cells; let's use tax dollars in this area. There really is no medical or scientific need to pursue embryonic stem cell research. Thank you.

 
8790 05/04/2009 at 06:51:04 PM Self     I oppose any tax dollars being used to fund a process by which a human embryo would be killed, especially using my own tax dollars. We have many organizations that are non- profit that do many fund raising activities to provide the needed funds for the research that they do. If this is so desired let the public fund it from their willingness not forced by taxation.

 
8791 05/04/2009 at 06:52:01 PM Self     On ethical grounds, I oppose the killing of human embryos. These regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research that I believe is unethical.

• Although scientists have been conducting research with both adult and embryonic stem cells for years, only research with adult stem cells has yielded any successes in the treatment of human disease. More than 70 diseases and conditions presently are being treated with adult stem cell therapy. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from this successful research with adult stem cells and away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of human embryos.

• Research with embryonic stem cells has been plagued with problems. Tests, which to date have been limited to animals due to the inherent risks, invariably have ended in failure due to immune rejection and rapid replication of cells leading to cancerous tumors.

• The reason most frequently stated for opening up research with embryonic stem cells is the ability of embryonic stem cells to differentiate into all cells of the body. But research has proven that adult stem cells have the same ability to change into every kind of cell, tissue and organ in the body.

• These guidelines do not require any separation between an in vitro fertilization (IVF) doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say that they “should” be separate, but only when practicable. The guidelines allow any IVF doctor to create more embryos than are needed for fertility purposes in order to generate more so-called “leftover” embryos for ESCR research using taxpayer funds.

• The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of human embryos as to their options for their human embryos to be adopted by other infertile couples.

 
8792 05/04/2009 at 06:52:22 PM Self     Please listen to our voice. We are totally against the use of our tax dollars to fund embryonic stem cell research. We do not approve of federal funding for research on human embryoic stem cells as suggested by the guidelines submitted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is not a direction our country should take.

Sincerely,

 
8793 05/04/2009 at 06:53:01 PM       I do not want to be forced to choose between using a vaccine that was created as the result of a great evil, or putting my children in potential danger of catching a deadly disease. It is not constitutional to force that on any one. What about our rights?

 
8794 05/04/2009 at 06:53:02 PM Self     Taxpayer funds should NOT be used to support embryonic stem cell research. Destroying one human life to save another is morally wrong. Additionally, there has already been 25 years of research toward this end and it has led to ZERO success stories. On the other hand, adult stem cell research has resulted in many successes. I personally know someone who is alive now because of a stem cell transplant from another living adult and have heard of many more. Taxpayer funding should not go to support controversial measures - especially when there is a workable alternative that is not controversial at all.

 
8795 05/04/2009 at 06:54:42 PM Self     Please don't allow experimenting with any human embryos. They are alive and they are a baby. Look at them under a microscope and you will indeed see that they are alive. Don't kill them.

 
8796 05/04/2009 at 06:59:51 PM Self     My husband and I oppose the use of Federal Funds for research on human embrynic stem cells.

 
8797 05/04/2009 at 07:00:17 PM Self     Please do not allow the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

 
8798 05/04/2009 at 07:03:46 PM Self     These embryos, given the chance to develop, will be babies. Destroying them in order to harvest the stem cells is a monstrous evil. There are many other ways to get stem cells. Please investigate these.

What is happening to the leaders of our country? They are doing evil and calling it good.

 
8799 05/04/2009 at 07:04:19 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars to go for stem-cell research.

 
8800 05/04/2009 at 07:04:30 PM Self     To Whom it May Concern,

I want to let you know that if you have not already been informed of the failure of HUMAN EMBRYONIC stem cell research. Also I want to inform you of the great success of HUMAN ADULT stem cell research AND CURES. It is now obvious to many scientists and doctors and now 'common' folk that human embryonic stem cell research is NOT the way to go. However, even if it did produce 1 cure it would NOT be worth it. A person is a person no matter how small. A soul is precious and of infinite inherent and inalienable dignity and worth no matter if he/she has just been conceived or at the point of natural death. It amazes me that people STILL do not admit to this even with all the proof. I beg you and will pray for you to make a good and correct decision concerning future human embryonic stem cell research. This will have a negative effect on all of us but mostly on those who KNOWINGLY go against truth and reason. People's consciences were not made to handle this error.

Sincerely,

 
8801 05/04/2009 at 07:06:33 PM Self     To Whom it May Concern:

Please stop the president from allowing embryonic stem cell research. It would be much better to take the stem cells from adults. To kill these embryos is murder for the child that would be destroyed. Please DO NOT allow embryonic stem cell research as it will destroy life in its beginning.

 
8802 05/04/2009 at 07:06:49 PM Self     I oppose any funding of embryonic stem cell research. There is never any justification for killing one human in order to help another. I suggest research be available only on ADULT stem cells. This is a moral issue. Failure to recognize that these are young, developing humans is the problem. The same moral problem that failed to recognize Africans, Jews and others as fully human. The same problem that fails to recognize the elderly or disabled as fully human. Again, I oppose and and all funding of embryonic stem cell research.

 
8803 05/04/2009 at 07:07:45 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

Thanks for your help

 
8804 05/04/2009 at 07:08:15 PM Self     To Whom it May Concern, I oppose killing human embryos. The proposed regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research I believe is unethical because it requires the destruction of human embryos. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from promising research treating people now with adult stem cells and will divert funds away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of any human embryos. The proposed regulations create a financial incentive for the creation of more human embryos to be destroyed to obtain their embryonic stem cells. The guidelines do not require any separation between an IVF doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say they "should" be separate, but only when practicable. The guidelines allow any IVF doctor to create more embryos than are needed for fertility purposes in order to generate more so-called "leftover" embryos for ESCR research using taxpayer funds. Instead of preventing any future expansion of funding for ESCR on unethical experiments involving human clones and human-animal hybrids, these regulations open the door for such funding whenever NIH wants in the future. The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of the human embryos as to their options for their human embryos to be adopted by other infertile couples. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Respectfully,

 
8805 05/04/2009 at 07:08:42 PM Self     I am very disturbed at the guidlines proposed by the NIH that would promote the destruction of human embryos and that would also force millions of tax payers in this country to fund a practice that is abhorrent and morally wrong. Please stop this practice and protect human life.

 
8806 05/04/2009 at 07:08:51 PM Self     Please do not use our tax dollars to fund the embionic stem cell research. We are against this based on our faith in Jesus Christ our Saviour. We believe that other types of research should be utilized. Thank You. Sincerely,

 
8807 05/04/2009 at 07:09:57 PM Self     Every report we have read - not in the newspapers or TV news - concerning embryonic stem cells but stem cells from placentas, stem cord, skin cells, your own body, is the success that they have had. No tumors as they have in embryonic stem cells and success in disease/physical relief. Is the Government truly interested in helping people who have Parkinsons, CP, diabetus, etc? Why do we keep pouring money into the embryonic stem cells? It is like you like to keep hitting your heads on the wall. Why are the stem cord cells, etc kept a secret? Other Countries are having success and many of us are going there to try to get relief. UCLA and Duke are two of the Universities that are reporting progress in their programs with these!

NO EMBRYONIC CELLS PLEASE. Let people who want to, adopt them.

 
8808 05/04/2009 at 07:10:52 PM Self     Please...I have NO idea how you got my name and what made you think I would support embryonic stem cell research BUT I DON'T AND I NEVER WILL. IT'S WRONG AND AGAINST ALL THAT I BELIEVE. Bone marrow transplants using ADULT stem cells are fine. Use cord blood if you like but embryonic stem cells NEVER. TAKE ME OFF YOUR LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
8809 05/04/2009 at 07:11:57 PM Self     We are totally against our tax dollars being spent on experimenting with stem cells left over from vitro instead of promoting the adoption of these embroyes. Our dollars should not be used to promote murder which these guidelines certainly allows.

 
8810 05/04/2009 at 07:12:39 PM Self     It is troubling that the National Institutes of Health plans to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is appalling that some members of Congress want an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

Please oppose any use of my tax dollars to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead please support adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
8811 05/04/2009 at 07:14:36 PM Self     Federal funding for research requiring the destruction of any embryos should not be allowed. Destroying one human life – uniquely and wondrously designed in the image of God – even in order to possibly help other human beings, is morally wrong.

These regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research that I believe is unethical.

Although scientists have been conducting research with both adult and embryonic stem cells for years, only research with adult stem cells has yielded any successes in the treatment of human disease. More than 70 diseases and conditions presently are being treated with adult stem cell therapy. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from this successful research with adult stem cells and away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of human embryos.

Research with embryonic stem cells has been plagued with problems. Tests, which to date have been limited to animals due to the inherent risks, invariably have ended in failure due to immune rejection and rapid replication of cells leading to cancerous tumors.

The reason most frequently stated for opening up research with embryonic stem cells is the ability of embryonic stem cells to differentiate into all cells of the body. But research has proven that adult stem cells have the same ability to change into every kind of cell, tissue and organ in the body.

These guidelines do not require any separation between an in vitro fertilization (IVF) doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say that they “should” be separate, but only when practicable. The guidelines allow any IVF doctor to create more embryos than are needed for fertility purposes in order to generate more so-called “leftover” embryos for ESCR research using taxpayer funds.

The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of human embryos as to their options for their human embryos to be adopted by other infertile couples.

Sincerely,

 
8812 05/04/2009 at 07:15:36 PM Self     Stem cell research has had advances but not with the use of embryonic stem cells. I object to wasting tax dollars and any Federal resources on futile endeavours when demonstrated successes have been observed in other venues. Adult stem cells are the way to go. Embryonic stem cells are a diversionary avenue we should abandon. If we are going to be concerned about torture to make stateless enemies reveal their nefarious plans on the grounds that to do so would lower ourselves from our moral high ground, how much more so would killing humans lower us on the moral topography? DNA tests on the newly fertilized ovum, the embryo would show that it is neither the mother's nor the father's DNA but a combination of the two, in short a distinct individual, different from both parents. It never grows into anything other than a human, so it is human. By whatever euphemism you choose to use, destroying a human embryo is murder of a human being. When Europe invaded this continent to escape discrimination and persecution in Europe they saw this land as an empty godsend. (They were wrong of course, it wasn't empty.) But if there were such a land today, I would be among the first in line to go there. This country is on the decline. As surely as Rome rotted from within, the US is rotting at its roots. Yes to *adult* stem cell research. Your notice reads in part "NIH will not post comments that are not related to the draft Stem Cell Guidelines or that NIH has determined as inappropriate or offensive." You would surpress speech you do not like, yet speech can never be anything but mild as compared to what NIH is contemplating for human embryos. How ironic.

 
8813 05/04/2009 at 07:16:54 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
8814 05/04/2009 at 07:17:34 PM Self     Embryonic stem cell research holds great promise for millions of Americans suffering from many diseases and disorders. I am not a scientist, but I am a member of the Parkinson’s community and have been following progress in this field with great interest. Significant strides have been made over the past decade, and the final guidelines issued by NIH must build on this progress so that cures and new therapies can get to patients as quickly as possible. The final guidelines should not create new bureaucratic hurdles that will slow the pace of progress.

I am pleased that these draft guidelines -- in Section II B -- would appear to permit federal funding of stem cell lines previously not eligible for federal funding and for new lines created in the future from surplus embryos at fertility clinics. However, as drafted, Section II B does not ensure that any current stem cell line will meet the criteria outlined and thus be eligible for federal funding. It will be important for the final guidelines to allow federal funds for research using all stem cell lines created by following ethical practices at the time they were derived. This will ensure that the final guidelines build on progress that has already been made.

I also believe that the final guidelines should permit federal funding for stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess IVF embryos, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Sections II B and IV of the draft guidelines do not permit such federal funding and I recommend that the final guidelines provide federal funding using stem cell lines derived in other ways. If not, it is essential that the NIH continue to monitor developments in this exciting research area and to update these guidelines as the research progresses.

 
8815 05/04/2009 at 07:18:02 PM Self     i think killing unborn babies is morally wrong and against God

 
8816 05/04/2009 at 07:19:20 PM Self     As an active voting citizen, I would like to express my views on embryonic stem cell research. I am strongly opposed to any research done with embryonic stem cells. Current DNA studies show that at conception an embryo is fully human and as such, destroying for the purpose of research is in my viewpoint murder of an innocent life. Please consider the following points.

• On ethical grounds, I oppose the killing of human embryos. These regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research that I believe is unethical.

• Although scientists have been conducting research with both adult and embryonic stem cells for years, only research with adult stem cells has yielded any successes in the treatment of human disease. More than 70 diseases and conditions presently are being treated with adult stem cell therapy. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from this successful research with adult stem cells and away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of human embryos.

• Research with embryonic stem cells has been plagued with problems. Tests, which to date have been limited to animals due to the inherent risks, invariably have ended in failure due to immune rejection and rapid replication of cells leading to cancerous tumors.

• The reason most frequently stated for opening up research with embryonic stem cells is the ability of embryonic stem cells to differentiate into all cells of the body. But research has proven that adult stem cells have the same ability to change into every kind of cell, tissue and organ in the body.

• These guidelines do not require any separation between an in vitro fertilization (IVF) doctor and an ESCR researcher. The guidelines say that they “should” be separate, but only when practicable. The guidelines allow any IVF doctor to create more embryos than are needed for fertility purposes in order to generate more so-called “leftover” embryos for ESCR research using taxpayer funds.

• The guidelines do not require full informed consent for the parents of human embryos as to their options for their human embryos to be adopted by other infertile couples.

Sincerely,

 
8817 05/04/2009 at 07:24:48 PM Self     Destroying embryos once they are concieved is immoral. We have no business playing God. We already have fantastic results with Adult stemm cells ,placenta ,and embilical chord stemm cells. Embryonic stemm cells lead to tumors and cost millions in tax payer wasted funds.

 
8818 05/04/2009 at 07:25:43 PM Self     Stop Embryonic Stem Cell Research now!!! It destroys human life!

 
8819 05/04/2009 at 07:26:40 PM Self     More than 70 medical conditions are currently being treated with adult stem cells of which there is a limitless supply. Not one condition using embryonic stem cells is in use because every trial has produced too many negative results. Let private enterprise fund embryonic stem cell research if it is desired, but don't use tax money.

Note: A process has been discovered that gives adult stem cells the characteristics of embryonic stem cells without the negative results.3861

 
8820 05/04/2009 at 07:27:07 PM Self     What if you were that embryo that was meant for reproduction and were used for experiments. You would not exist after all. This is life you are messing around with. Are you ready to explain this to a higher power. Using our government or peoples money is wrong. Fund it yourself. Raise your own money.

 
8821 05/04/2009 at 07:28:03 PM Self     In stating that you want to use "human" embrionic stem cells for research you are recognizing that they are "human" and have life. When you use up that life for research you kill the "human". Killing is wrong. Adult stem cell researchg has been proven to save lives and when using adult stem cells for research you don't kill anything but a disease. Please reconsider the allowance of "human" embrionic cells ans stop the killing.

 
8822 05/04/2009 at 07:29:09 PM Self     I would like to address the proposed policy and procedures for Executive Order 13505 which provides tax-payer funding for research using embryos that were produced through in vitro fertilization clinics, but will no longer be used for reproductive purposes.

The NIH proposes that the research will be conducted in a manner that is "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law."

Ethically Responsible: Any research that involves the deliberate destruction of human beings in order to obtain stem cells for so called therapeutic purposes is not ethically responsible. From a biological standpoint, a human embryo is a unique and well defined individual from the beginning of the union of the gametes through the ensuing stages of development. Thus, as a human individual, he/she is entitled to a right to life as guaranteed in the US Constitution. Any intervention that is not of benefit to the embryo itself is not an ethically responsible action and further, it would violate the laws established in US 45 CFR 46, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the Nuremburg Code. Whether the NIH agrees with such universally known principles or not is of little consequence because by using federal funds to destroy human life, millions of taxpayers would be forced to become complicit with the immoral actions of the government. Scientifically Worthy To date, there has not been one single successful cure or treatment using embryonic stem cells to treat patients, whereas over 70 diseases have been successfully treated using adult stem cells. See Science Magazine: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/data/315/5810/328b/DC1/1 for a partial listing of adult stem cell therapies.

It is amazing, if not utterly irresponsible, that the Federal Government would invest taxpayer money for embryonic stem cell research when adult stem cells are showing such progress!

The guidelines state that "the most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies. Today, donated tissues and organs are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply."

In reality, despite numerous attempts and billions of dollars in private funding, embryonic stem cells have failed to produce any cells or tissues for use in human therapies. Further, unlike adult stem cells which are patient specific, embryonic stem cells cause immune rejection in the subject. And precisely because these are undifferentiated cells, they also produce cancerous tumors in addition to undifferentiated, malignant teratomas from the three germ layers.

The NIH further contends that, "stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis." Yet all of these conditions are already being successfully treated using adult stem cells. There is simply no reason for using taxpayer funds to promote research that is both morally and scientifically unwarranted.

In accord with the law: 45 CFR part 46 Protection of Human Subjects

Interestingly, the guidelines note that the "requirements of the Department's protection of human subjects regulations, 45 CFR part 46, may or may not apply, depending on the nature of the research." In 45 CFR §46.111 Criteria for IRB approval of research it states: (1) Risks to subjects are minimized: (i) By using procedures which are consistent with sound research design and which do not unnecessarily expose subjects to risk, and (ii) whenever appropriate, by using procedures already being performed on the subjects for diagnostic or treatment purposes. (2) Risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, if any, to subjects, and the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result. As defined in 45 CFR, part 46 (i) "Minimal risk means that the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests."

It is utterly disingenuous at best to state that sections of this law may or may not apply because since human embryos are destroyed while removing the stem cells, they are put at risk of serious harm and thus, 45 CFR 46 would NEVER apply.

In addition, the Nuremburg Code, which was established in 1947 and later became the basis for US 45 CFR 46, states in Article 2: "The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature."

Clearly, not only are there other procurable methods using adult stem cells, embryonic stem cell research has been proven to yield no fruitful results and is most certainly unnecessary, if not detrimental, toward advancing the good of society.

II. Guidelines for Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Use in Research Specifically

Under Section B. Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived from Human Embryos, the guidelines state that, " Human embryonic stem cells may be used in research using NIH funds, if the cells were derived from human embryos that were created for reproductive purposes, were no longer needed for this purpose, (and) were donated for research purposes"

Since there are no regulations in place that monitor or limit the production of embryos for in vitro fertilization purposes, there is nothing in the guidelines to prevent IVF clinics from simply over-producing embryos that could later be donated for research purposes and yield financial rewards. In short, the NIH guidelines do not prevent the implementation of full-blown embryo farming.

IV. Other Non-Allowable Research

While the guidelines state under Section B that, "NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed", the guidelines do not consider other means of producing embryos that do not involve the IVF process whatsoever and are beyond those listed.

For example, many cells from the zygote through the blastocyst stage and sometimes, beyond are totipotent, meaning they have the ability to form entirely new embryos. Nothing in the guidelines prevent funding for research on embryos that naturally form from these totipotent cells, nor does it prevent scientists from producing new embryos through blastomere splitting.

In summary, embryonic stem cell research using Federal Funding violates the moral and religious rights of millions of US citizens who oppose the destruction of human life for research purposes. It has not yielded any benefits to society; it has not produced treatments or therapies despite years of research using private funds. It violates existing laws governing the use of human subjects for research; it opens the door for reckless abuse of the law and the potential for massive production and destruction of innocent human life. Even if embryonic stem cell research might one day produce some sort of human benefit, millions of people in need will forego such treatments rather than violate their religious beliefs.

To date, over 615,000 Americans have joined the Campaign for Ethical Vaccines because there are several immunizations that are produced using aborted fetal cell lines and families are refusing to use them. Please do not make the same mistake again! Research that uses public funding should be focused on treatments that all Americans and indeed, citizens of the entire world can benefit from without moral compromise.

 
8823 05/04/2009 at 07:31:51 PM Self     I am diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. It is thought that stem cell research would aid victims of this illness considerably. Therefore, I would like to add my name to the list of proponents of stem cell research, lupus just being a small portion of the maladies that it is supposed to ameliorate.

 
8824 05/04/2009 at 07:32:32 PM Self     I would like to address the proposed policy and procedures for Executive Order 13505 which provides tax-payer funding for research using embryos that were produced through in vitro fertilization clinics, but will no longer be used for reproductive purposes.

The NIH proposes that the research will be conducted in a manner that is "ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law."

Ethically Responsible: Any research that involves the deliberate destruction of human beings in order to obtain stem cells for so called therapeutic purposes is not ethically responsible. From a biological standpoint, a human embryo is a unique and well defined individual from the beginning of the union of the gametes through the ensuing stages of development. Thus, as a human individual, he/she is entitled to a right to life as guaranteed in the US Constitution. Any intervention that is not of benefit to the embryo itself is not an ethically responsible action and further, it would violate the laws established in US 45 CFR 46, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the Nuremburg Code. Whether the NIH agrees with such universally known principles or not is of little consequence because by using federal funds to destroy human life, millions of taxpayers would be forced to become complicit with the immoral actions of the government. Scientifically Worthy To date, there has not been one single successful cure or treatment using embryonic stem cells to treat patients, whereas over 70 diseases have been successfully treated using adult stem cells. See Science Magazine: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/data/315/5810/328b/DC1/1 for a partial listing of adult stem cell therapies.

It is amazing, if not utterly irresponsible, that the Federal Government would invest taxpayer money for embryonic stem cell research when adult stem cells are showing such progress!

The guidelines state that "the most important potential use of human embryonic stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies. Today, donated tissues and organs are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply."

In reality, despite numerous attempts and billions of dollars in private funding, embryonic stem cells have failed to produce any cells or tissues for use in human therapies. Further, unlike adult stem cells which are patient specific, embryonic stem cells cause immune rejection in the subject. And precisely because these are undifferentiated cells, they also produce cancerous tumors in addition to undifferentiated, malignant teratomas from the three germ layers.

The NIH further contends that, "stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis." Yet all of these conditions are already being successfully treated using adult stem cells. There is simply no reason for using taxpayer funds to promote research that is both morally and scientifically unwarranted.

In accord with the law: 45 CFR part 46 Protection of Human Subjects

Interestingly, the guidelines note that the "requirements of the Department's protection of human subjects regulations, 45 CFR part 46, may or may not apply, depending on the nature of the research." In 45 CFR §46.111 Criteria for IRB approval of research it states: (1) Risks to subjects are minimized: (i) By using procedures which are consistent with sound research design and which do not unnecessarily expose subjects to risk, and (ii) whenever appropriate, by using procedures already being performed on the subjects for diagnostic or treatment purposes. (2) Risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, if any, to subjects, and the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result. As defined in 45 CFR, part 46 (i) "Minimal risk means that the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests."

It is utterly disingenuous at best to state that sections of this law may or may not apply because since human embryos are destroyed while removing the stem cells, they are put at risk of serious harm and thus, 45 CFR 46 would NEVER apply.

In addition, the Nuremburg Code, which was established in 1947 and later became the basis for US 45 CFR 46, states in Article 2: "The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature."

Clearly, not only are there other procurable methods using adult stem cells, embryonic stem cell research has been proven to yield no fruitful results and is most certainly unnecessary, if not detrimental, toward advancing the good of society.

II. Guidelines for Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Use in Research Specifically

Under Section B. Eligibility of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived from Human Embryos, the guidelines state that, " Human embryonic stem cells may be used in research using NIH funds, if the cells were derived from human embryos that were created for reproductive purposes, were no longer needed for this purpose, (and) were donated for research purposes"

Since there are no regulations in place that monitor or limit the production of embryos for in vitro fertilization purposes, there is nothing in the guidelines to prevent IVF clinics from simply over-producing embryos that could later be donated for research purposes and yield financial rewards. In short, the NIH guidelines do not prevent the implementation of full-blown embryo farming.

IV. Other Non-Allowable Research

While the guidelines state under Section B that, "NIH funding for research using human embryonic stem cells derived from other sources, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and/or IVF embryos created for research purposes, is not allowed", the guidelines do not consider other means of producing embryos that do not involve the IVF process whatsoever and are beyond those listed.

For example, many cells from the zygote through the blastocyst stage and sometimes, beyond are totipotent, meaning they have the ability to form entirely new embryos. Nothing in the guidelines prevent funding for research on embryos that naturally form from these totipotent cells, nor does it prevent scientists from producing new embryos through blastomere splitting.

In summary, embryonic stem cell research using Federal Funding violates the moral and religious rights of millions of US citizens who oppose the destruction of human life for research purposes. It has not yielded any benefits to society; it has not produced treatments or therapies despite years of research using private funds. It violates existing laws governing the use of human subjects for research; it opens the door for reckless abuse of the law and the potential for massive production and destruction of innocent human life. Even if embryonic stem cell research might one day produce some sort of human benefit, millions of people in need will forego such treatments rather than violate their religious beliefs.

To date, over 615,000 Americans have joined the Campaign for Ethical Vaccines because there are several immunizations that are produced using aborted fetal cell lines and families are refusing to use them. Please do not make the same mistake again! Research that uses public funding should be focused on treatments that all Americans and indeed, citizens of the entire world can benefit from without moral compromise.

 
8825 05/04/2009 at 07:32:54 PM Self     We are opposed to the use of federal funds for research on embroynic stem cells. Research has not borne out that this is effective anyway, while good results have come from using adult stem cells. This is heading down an ethically questionable road at best and will involve the ending of human life.

 
8826 05/04/2009 at 07:34:56 PM Self     on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send your tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
8827 05/04/2009 at 07:37:01 PM Self     Stop the killing of human embryos. We were all once embryos too.

 
8828 05/04/2009 at 07:41:21 PM Self     Use of Federal Taxes to fund the killing of unborn babies who otherwise may find a home with parents who would love to have a child is not only an atrocity to the human race, but like Adam and Eve in the Garden, making the rules for ourselves and not following natural law set forth in the commandments. Whether you follow those or not, funding something that has an obviously moral standard such as this with taxpayer money is also very frightening.

While stem cell research may save the lives of many people or even help those still living with issues live a better life, doing it at the expense of innnocent unborn baby's is unacceptable to the human race and its creation.

Please seriously reconsider this blatant outrage to our species.

 
8829 05/04/2009 at 07:42:15 PM Self     May 4, 2009 Re: Comments Concerning Human Stem Cell Research Dear NIH: As I have been informed that human stem cell successes in human ailment treatment have only been recorded from adult stem cell and umbilical cord stem cell sources, despite of over 20 years of embryonic stem cell research, and as the ethical questions of destroying potential human life embryos, I would advise as a citizen that tax payer funds be directed toward non-embryonic stem cell research projects, and not allowed for the controversial and apparently ineffectual embryonic stem cell research.

 
8830 05/04/2009 at 07:42:16 PM Self     We are opposed to further killing of human embryos for their cells, especially using our tax dollars.

 
8831 05/04/2009 at 07:42:48 PM Self     Please do not allow the killing of children to help a non working stem cell research program. Look into adult stem cell research it is having great success. If a baby is born alive it has a right to have a chance at life.

 
8832 05/04/2009 at 07:44:53 PM Self     Please do not be experimenting on humans like the Nazi's and Japanese did during World War II. Note: Embryos are humans.

 
8833 05/04/2009 at 07:45:29 PM Self     I object to my tax dollars being used to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, your draft guidelines would require their death. I object to any form of human life, as these embryos definitely are, being killed, especially when there is scientific evidence that embryonic stem cell research does not work and all other forms of non-embryonic stem cell research does.

 
8834 05/04/2009 at 07:46:30 PM Self     To: National Institutes of Health

I oppose the use of federal funds for research on embryonic stem cells.

 
8835 05/04/2009 at 07:48:56 PM Organization Calvary Fellowship   choose life; your mama did! It is digusting and deplorable to produce and destroy human life at free will. There is NO medical evidence of positive results coming from embryonic stem cell research except the extermination of a possible future generation. Research is not gaining further insights just causing greater degredation amongst ourselves.

 
8836 05/04/2009 at 07:50:28 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
8837 05/04/2009 at 07:52:25 PM Self     I don't want my tax dollars used to pay for research on left over stem cells. These are embroynic human beings. I am tired of theis administratio running roughshod over my beliefs. The majority of people don't believe in this research. There have been proven results from research on adult stem cells.

 
8838 05/04/2009 at 07:52:45 PM Self     I vehemently oppose ESCR, especially when it is paid for with tax dollars.

 
8839 05/04/2009 at 07:53:31 PM Self     I object to my tax dollars being used for the immoral purpose of embryonoic stem cell research.

It's bad enough that this type of research goes against my religion and ethics . . . to make ME PAY FOR IT is deplorable!

If the American people feel this type of research is necessary (when it CLEARLY is not!), then it should be funded PRIVATELY . . . NOT with my tax money.

 
8840 05/04/2009 at 07:53:55 PM Self     I recently watched a small portion of the Oprah Winfrey show where she had Michael J. Fox and Dr. Mehmet Oz on as her guests. Dr. Oz--whom Oprah sees as a leading medical and research expert today--explained to both Oprah and Mr. Fox that the use of embryonic stem cells are ineffective and useless for the cure of diseases. In fact, he explained that these specific cells can and most likely will cause cancer in patients. He said the best way to obtain stem cells is to do it through the skin, which so far, according to other research scientists/experts, has yielded tremendous breakthrough successes including Parkinson's disease which Mr. Fox suffers from. So, with this information (being documented) and coming from Dr. Mehmet Oz, why do scientists insist on proceeding with killing live embryos to harvest their stem cells? This procedure hasn't worked so far and most likely will not work in the future. To continue on this course is immoral, and even more immoral that American taxpayers have to be forced to pay for the failures and the deaths of the embryos. This is not the entire consensus of all Americans--especially myself. These embryos are human beings. Why is it necessary to slaughter human beings? We are outraged and abhored when human beings are murdered unnecessarily, or children are kidnapped, raped, or molested, and yet at the same time, we show an insensitivity, a coldness and a callousness when it comes to the destruction of human life in the form of embryos and/or tiny babies in their mother's womb. Tell me, what is the difference? There is none--scientifically, politically, morally...there is none.

This type of research to find cures for diseases is unconscienable. There is no reason for it and it should be stopped. Barak Obama has made a grave mistake in overturning the protective ban on these little lives. This has opened the door to all kinds evil things to be created. Where will it end?

 
8841 05/04/2009 at 07:54:12 PM Self     As you may know, President Bush's policy was to allow funding for research that involved embryonic stem cells taken from human embryos so long as the cells were obtained on or prior to August 9, 2001. Since then, the government has funded research on over 22 stem cell lines. President Bush's policy erected a wall and did not encourage the further killing of human embryos for their cells.

However, on March 9, 2009 President Barack Obama issued an executive order that overturned President Bush's policy and opened the floodgates for funding more embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that creates an incentive to create and destroy human embryos. President Obama designated the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to draft guidelines for distributing funds for this research. Last week, April 23, NIH officially posted draft guidelines to open federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. What these guidelines do is send your tax dollars to experiment on stem cells taken from human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, these draft guidelines would require their death.

 
8842 05/04/2009 at 07:57:22 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
8843 05/04/2009 at 07:57:29 PM Self     In view of the fact that Pres. Obama overturned federal funding ban on ESC research, I urge the NIH to not go down this road. You know very well that embryonic stem cells have not cured a single person even tho research has been going on for years, i.e., you are experimenting on and destroying a human life for no good reason. Please make the moral decision to promote the adoption of these tiny humans instead. I do not want to have any part in these mass murders. Let the people with no moral convictions pay for this research.

 
8844 05/04/2009 at 07:58:45 PM Self     STOP PLAYING GOD. EMBRYONIC STEM CELL IS OF NO VALUE-WHY ARE WE SPENDING MONEY ON SOMETHING WE KNOW DOESN'T WORK BUT ADULT STEM CELLS DO. OR DO THEY HAVE SOMETHING ELSE IN MIND?

 
8845 05/04/2009 at 08:00:13 PM Self     I am vehemently opposed to this!

 
8846 05/04/2009 at 08:01:46 PM Self     Stem cell are babys!

 
8847 05/04/2009 at 08:02:04 PM Self     I do not want my tax dollars being spent to support embronyic stem cell research nor to destroy those fertilized eggs from invitro fertilization. I believe those embroys should not be destroyed but put up for adoption. They are human lives. Animals are given more rights which is silly because we are talking about human life here, human life has just as much value as an animal.

 
8848 05/04/2009 at 08:03:20 PM Self     To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to voice my strong opposition to the Obama administration's executive order overturning President Bush's policy on embryonic stem cell research. I do not want my tax dollars going toward taking "leftover" stem cell from human embryos (vitro fertilization). I am in favor instead of promoting adoption of these human embryos. We are accountable to God for these innocent lives and we should act in the most compassionate, moral and reponsible way.

 
8849 05/04/2009 at 08:03:21 PM Self     1. On ethical grounds, I oppose the killing of human embryos. These regulations will force taxpayers like me to fund research that I believe is unethical.

2. Although scientists have been conducting research with both adult and embryonic stem cells for years, only research with adult stem cells has yielded any successes in the treatment of human disease. More than 70 diseases and conditions presently are being treated with adult stem cell therapy. Expanding funding to new human embryonic stem cell lines will divert federal funds away from this successful research with adult stem cells and away from other sources of embryonic-like stem cells that have been generated without the use of human embryos.

 
8850 05/04/2009 at 08:05:34 PM Self     We are opposed to the NIH Stem Cell Research Guidelines and wish it stopped.

 
8851 05/04/2009 at 08:08:19 PM Self     Regarding Embryonic Stem Cell research, we oppose this. Though research has been conducted for years it has not been successful. It is a waste of money and time when adult stem cell is successful,in more than 70 diseases and conditions. Why do you keep going down a dead road? We are also opposed to the killing of human embryos.

 
8852 05/04/2009 at 08:08:32 PM Self     The National Institutes of Health should rescind its guidelines proposing to use federal funds for stem cell research that requires destroying live human embryos. It is especially troubling that some supporters of this research are urging the NIH to endorse an even broader policy, encouraging the deliberate use of in vitro fertilization or cloning to produce human embryos for stem cell research. Such creation of new life solely to destroy it would mark the final reduction of human beings to mere objects or commodities.

My tax dollars should not be used to promote destructive embryonic stem cell research or any form of human cloning. Instead support should be directed to adult stem cell research, which is ethically sound, harms no one, and is already helping suffering patients with dozens of conditions.

 
8853 05/04/2009 at 08:09:49 PM Self     My independent research tells me that only adult stem cell has produced any postive and productive results. I do not believe in embro research - taking a human life on a wish that we might might find some postive results. Thus far nothing promising from embro tells me that it is better than adult stem cell. It is immoral to take the life of the embro

 
8854 05/04/2009 at 08:10:12 PM Self     For many Americans with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, the Administration’s expansion of the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research has renewed our hope for a cure. I am writing today to support the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) draft guidelines and suggest a change to ensure promising, ethically conducted research currently underway will be eligible for federal funding in the future.

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

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

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

 
8856 05/04/2009 at 08:13:40 PM Self     I oppose the use of federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. I oppose human embryonic stem cell research. Please do not do this.

 
8857 05/04/2009 at 08:14:15 PM Self     Funding embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) is a waste of money as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) are much better for research and therapy and natural adult stem cells are much better for therapy and cures.

Dr. Healy (U.S. NEWS and WORLD REPORT (3/6/09)), writes that ESCR is "obsolete." ESCR is obsolete because of it many problems: rejection by recipient, tumors, cancer risk, women's health risk from ova collection, not enough ova to treat a common disease, and death of embryos; and because iPS research has cleaned the ESCR clock.

iPS research is progressing so fast that even Dr. Healy's article is obsolete. She states a cancer risk with iPS. The cancer risk was eliminated and now the new technique used by Canadian researchers has eliminated all risks to obtaining embryonic-like stem cells, suitable for disease and therapy research. ESCs can't do that.

From Healy's report: James Thomson, the stem cell pioneer from the University of Wisconsin who was the first to grow human embryonic stem cells in 1998, is an independent codiscoverer of iPS cells along with Japanese scientists. "Already these reprogrammed cells have eclipsed the value of those harvested from embryos", he has said, "because of significantly lower cost, ease of production, and genetic identity with the patient. They also bring unique application to medical and pharmaceutical research, because cells cultivated from patients with certain diseases readily become laboratory models for developing and testing therapy. That iPS cells overcome ethical concerns about creating and sacrificing embryos is an added plus."

In July 2005 a National Geographic published an article by Rick Weiss, "Nearly 400,000 embryos are in storage in the U.S. but less than 3 percent have been donated for research. Only a fraction of those that do arrive in the labs are suitable for study."

Even if there were enough IVF embryos, it makes no sense to invest in the unproductive ESCR when iPS and adult stem cells have demonstrated great value.

 



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