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another medical breakthr.... oh wait

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Feb 21, 2008

For the first time, stem cells taken from human embryos have produced gains in treatment of diabetes-- in mice.

(Now stop and think about that for a moment before we continue. We're delighted that the mice are feeling better. But at the cost of a few human lives?)

Proponents of embryonic stem-cell research are touting this new study as confirmation of their promises.

“For those who say there is not much evidence that embryonic stem cells can cure diabetes, there you go,” said Dr. Camillo Ricordi, director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami...

But although it's noteworthy that embryonic stem-cell research has not produced the spectacular gains that we were told to expect, that's not the fundamental point here. Even if there were great medical advances, they would still be coming at the cost of human lives.

And yet... Let's not get too excited about those medical advances, either.

Still, a small number of the mice developed tumors,....
...7 of the 105 mice with the implants developed a sort of tumor called teratomas. Dr. Baetge said Novocell could probably have reduced or eliminated the teratomas if it had purified the cells before implanting them.

If you're diabetic, how enthusiastic would you be about a treatment that might work, and caused only a "small number" of tumors, which could "probably" be avoided with greater care?

Nope. Don't chalk this one up in the "win" column just yet.

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  • Posted by: John Chrysostom - Nov. 03, 2009 10:52 AM ET USA

    There is no historical evidence that the common Chalice has caused a pandemic and partaking of it should not be stopped. I am not a fan of the handshake, but stopping it in hopes of reducing germ transfer is saying that the Lord cannot manage it (really bad theology). -- As to the large number of ex-Catholics in Boston, the Church needs to look at why they are ex-Catholics. Most didn't stop believing. They were chased away and then embraced something else that fulfilled their need.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 29, 2009 11:53 AM ET USA

    Can we make that "ritual" universal? Why in Boston only? We in California have far more malignant germs. And what is "consecrated wine"?

  • Posted by: peggyann - Oct. 29, 2009 7:22 AM ET USA

    Let's take this opportunity to finally put away the silliness of handshaking and hugging once for all. A simple smile and a nod to the neighbor should be sufficient. Let's save our hugs for those closest to us - our families.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Oct. 28, 2009 7:32 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately, the largest religious bloc in any newspaper is made up of uninformed and unchurched idiots.