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Stem cell research

Peter Pohorsky

Nancy Reagan, some senators and lately Ron Reagan have pleaded with President Bush to authorize funds for embryonic stem cell research, claiming it would produce a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Private investors were unwilling to finance the risky and unethical research. Solution? Let taxpayers pay for it.

The biotech industry and some Hollywood celebrities with a $20 million budget succeeded in making us vote in November for the “California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative,” which would amend the California Constitution with a “right” to engage in human cloning research and would force us to borrow $3 billion in bonds ($295 million per year over a 10-year period – $6 billion to pay off the bonds over 30 years).

There are two groups of stem cells: Effective and easily obtainable Adult Stem Cells (AS) and the unethical Embryonic Stem Cells (ES). Here the problem is that the embryo must be destroyed to obtain the stem cells. The embryo is where each human life begins. Score: No cures so far by embryonic stem cells vs. successful experiments using stem cells from adult bone marrow.

A May 2002 Gallup poll showed that the public opposes the “cloning of human embryos for use in medical research by 60 percent to 34 percent.”

Peter Pohorsky

Grass Valley


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