FDA OKs first human trials using embr...

FDA OKs first human trials using embryonic stem cells

There are 104 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 23, 2009, titled FDA OKs first human trials using embryonic stem cells. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today said a California -based company can begin the nation's first human clinical trials using embryonic stem cells.

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yikes

Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 23, 2009
Repulsive...no one's death is justified for another's life...

Not to mention this research is a failure- but hey, poor, defenseless die and the tax payers pay....
Do not spend the money

Damascus, MD

#4 Jan 23, 2009
There is no coverage of precisely how immoral this experimentation is. This is no different morally speaking than Dr. Mengele of Auchwitz infamy!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_human_exper...
Totally disgusting and abhorent!
The Tribune has totally neglected to report on the horror!
Adam

Alsip, IL

#5 Jan 23, 2009
Thank goodness the republicans are out and we can make progress towards curing disease...ignorant people will continue to think babies are being murdered for this...who in their right mind would intentionally have an abortion to give the cells to the researchers??? The answer is NOBODY! Too bad dogs and cats can't have abortions, then we wouldn't have to murder, sorry I mean euthanize, one every four seconds because they are over populated.
Jubjub

Crete, IL

#6 Jan 23, 2009
Progress!
Welcome back to the new millennium.

Remember folks, if you ever are on your death bed and the only treatment available is one derived from stem cells, you can always refuse treatment and meet your maker with a clear conscience. God speed.
Julie

Chicago, IL

#7 Jan 23, 2009
Finally! We're making progress.
Kate

Wheaton, IL

#8 Jan 23, 2009
these stem cells are from embryos that were never going to be used to create a baby.. the article states they were destined to be destroyed. If they're going to be destroyed (and hence not become a living person some day), isn't it better to do something productive with them (and save a life) rather than create more waste?
Jen

Sun City Center, FL

#9 Jan 23, 2009
Finally the day has come! I don't understand why bible thumpers think it is better to dispose of or "murder" these embryos instead of putting them to use for all humanity- they should know what it is like to have a relative with ALS or cerebral palsy and they would change their minds.
bread

Chicago, IL

#10 Jan 23, 2009
America, eff Yeah! But seriously, eff you bush for stymying this as long as you did because of your hypocritical religious beliefs.
Enjoy your paralysis

United States

#11 Jan 23, 2009
Do not spend the money wrote:
There is no coverage of precisely how immoral this experimentation is. This is no different morally speaking than Dr. Mengele of Auchwitz infamy!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_human_exper...
Totally disgusting and abhorent!
The Tribune has totally neglected to report on the horror!
These stem cells come from embryos that are going to be discarded anyway. You don't save a life by not using the embryos for stem cells; you merely ensure that the embryos are discarded for no better reason than to spare a facility the need to store them.
Indeed

Chicago, IL

#12 Jan 23, 2009
Finally! It's about time.

I'll now proceed to duck and cover while being attacked by crucifix-wielding zombies.
crankypants

Schaumburg, IL

#13 Jan 23, 2009
Jubjub - well said!
Stuck in the Middle

Schaumburg, IL

#14 Jan 23, 2009
Progress is a wonderful thing. My fear is that we start engineering people to be what we want them to be. My fear is not the moderate left that wants to cure disease. My fear is the FAR LEFT that holds up Darwin Theories that they don't fully understand. It is important to remember, we can go to far.

Bread- You're foolish and hateful. I didn't support bush, but to say "eff" him and call his religious feelings hypocritical. You're off base, you're rude and sound like an uneducated fool.

Since: Dec 08

St. Paul, MN

#15 Jan 23, 2009
Wow, not a single mention of the fact that these embryos - HUMAN LIVES - will be killed in order to do it!

They should not exist in the first place, but just because their parents and some doctors created a bunch of them, and then only used some, doesn't mean that the leftovers are any less human than their brothers and sisters who WERE implanted and born.

"GATTACA" and "The Island" here we come!
Adam and Eve

United States

#17 Jan 23, 2009
Stuck in the Middle wrote:
Progress is a wonderful thing. My fear is that we start engineering people to be what we want them to be. My fear is not the moderate left that wants to cure disease. My fear is the FAR LEFT that holds up Darwin Theories that they don't fully understand. It is important to remember, we can go to far.
Bread- You're foolish and hateful. I didn't support bush, but to say "eff" him and call his religious feelings hypocritical. You're off base, you're rude and sound like an uneducated fool.
All I know is the Universe was created in seven days, starting about 6,000 years ago. Bible says so.
Eff Bush 'till the day he croaks.
Adam and Eve

United States

#18 Jan 23, 2009
Smith wrote:
Please don't support sacrificing the bodies of the innocent to the lusts of wicked hearts and the vain desires of men. Do not serve Baal, the lord of flies, offering your children as atonement for your sins or ransom for your life, but rather repent unto the Lord and sin no more.
You talk funny.
Doctor Nick

San Francisco, CA

#19 Jan 23, 2009
Smith wrote:
Please don't support sacrificing the bodies of the innocent to the lusts of wicked hearts and the vain desires of men. Do not serve Baal, the lord of flies, offering your children as atonement for your sins or ransom for your life, but rather repent unto the Lord and sin no more.
BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

oh, you weren't kidding. Nevermind.
bread

Chicago, IL

#20 Jan 23, 2009
First off, i am not uneducated. I have a master's in engineering and grew up in a strict catholic family. Second, it is beyond hypocritical. Bush and the religious base cry foul when a woman who was raped wants an abortion. Palin even said it would be wrong for a girl to get an abortion, even if she was raped. So they cry, life is precious, you are not god. Yet, they turn around and have no problem executing the mentally ill. How is that not hypocritical?
John the Revelator

Chicago, IL

#21 Jan 23, 2009
And people think religious fanaticism only exists outside the U.S.! If you would read the articile you would see these cells come from IV clinics. These are NOT aborted fetuses. God gave us the intelligence and will to heal ourselves, that's what stem cell research will do. Save lives, not end them. Plus, do you see how much government regulation is involved here? It's astounding that people of my same faith could honestly believe that there is an immediate threat of people being genetically constructed from nothing. Do you know how complex and difficult the sciene of this is? Not to mention expensive!
moreofthesame

Chicago, IL

#22 Jan 23, 2009
Instead of abortions - can people now just wait longer and be compensated for killing their kids and selling their parts. Could be a new market out there. Maybe even expand it from unborn kids to 4 and under.
BeBob

Dillon, SC

#23 Jan 23, 2009
Thank You. In March my wife will begin an interview process at Johns Hopkins for embryonic stem cell treatment. After waking up one morning 3 years ago, paralized from the armpits down , we have been hoping that something will happen to open up this program after Bush's veto. No matter what people think, embryonic is the only line of stem cells that will grow nerves again. If she, a very religious Catholic understands that these stem cells come from embryos that are going to be discarded anyway can help her and thousands of others walk or get some bodily function back and can make their and their families lives a bit more normal, then put yourselves in the same shoes. Most people understand organ donation programs, try to understand this before commenting. Try to live it.

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