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    Do you think that if Government funded stem cell research had not been banned, that a cure for some paralysis patients would have been found?

    U.S. doctors have made medical history by using human embryonic stem cells to treat a patient, it was announced Monday.
    The pioneering but controversial treatment was done Friday on a volunteer at the the Shepherd Center spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta.
    Doctors hope the manufactured nerve cells will prompt damaged spinal column nerves to regrow and enable the patient to eventually recover feeling and movement.
    "When we started working with human embryonic stem cells in 1999, many predicted that would be a number of decades before a cell therapy would be approved for human clinical trials," said Dr. Thomas Okarma, president of Geron, a biotech company that has already spent $170 million developing a stem cell treatment for spinal cord injuries.
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    Is it okay to end one life to improve another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Perry View Post
    Do you think that if Government funded stem cell research had not been banned, that a cure for some paralysis patients would have been found?...
    If this works or not remains to be seen, but when, and under what administration, has stem cell funding been banned?

    I believe that the Bush administration increased funding forr stem cell research. I expect this research was a benfit of the Bush administration funding increases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ducknwork View Post
    Is it okay to end one life to improve another?
    Duck, There are many stem cells that are thrown away or discarded that could have been used so no life would have been ended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subroc View Post
    If this works or not remains to be seen, but when, and under what administration, has stem cell funding been banned?

    I believe that the Bush administration increased funding forr stem cell research. I expect this research was a benfit of the Bush administration funding increases.
    March 9, 2009 -- Updated 1643 GMT (0043 HKT)



    • Obama overturns Bush policy on stem cells








    • Obama's move overturns an order signed by President Bush in 2001 that barred the National Institutes of Health from funding research on embryonic stem cells beyond using 60 cell lines that existed at that time.

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    If I understand it correctly, the Bush "ban" was on federal funding, not on stem cell research itself.

    The original article you quoted says:

    "Geron, a biotech company that has already spent $170 million developing a stem cell treatment for spinal cord injuries."

    Looks like private capital provided the research and technology that produced the treatment for this patient.

    I guess I'm kind of missing the connection on how to blame Bush for anything here.....

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    Former President George W. Bush increased funding for stem cell research.

    Bush also endorsed increased funding for research on stem cells obtained from adults, umbilical cords, placentas and animals, saying the federal government will spend $250 million on this research this year.
    http://articles.cnn.com/2001-08-09/p...PM:ALLPOLITICS
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    Quote Originally Posted by ducknwork View Post
    Is it okay to end one life to improve another?
    who said anything about ending a life? This is about preserving life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subroc View Post
    Former President George W. Bush increased funding for stem cell research.



    http://articles.cnn.com/2001-08-09/p...PM:ALLPOLITICS
    Bush allowed stem cell research but not embryonic. He danced around this a bunch and limited it. I'm pretty sure the progress in the research has been acomplished overseas.

    And yes Obama overturned his law the first month in office.

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    I will say it again:

    Former President George W. Bush increased funding for stem cell research.
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