Sunday, August 28, 2005

Stem Cell Welfare

I can't comprehend why there is even any debate about this! Everyone chuckles when thinking of Ponce de Leon looking for the Fountain of Youth, but many of these same people can't wait to dump money down the voodoo science hole. Noted skeptic Steven Milloy breaks down the stem cell debate, from Stem Cell Smoke and Mirrors (emphasis mine):
The president's executive order only limited federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. It did not prohibit the research itself. In fact, privately funded researchers are free to destroy as many embryos as they like in their pursuit of embryonic stem cell research - but they must conduct such research with private, not public funds. Therein lies the rub.
The reason that embryonic stem cell researchers are agitating for taxpayer money is that their private funding has dried up. Private investors and venture capitalists are not investing in embryonic stem cell research because they perceive it to be a pipe dream unlikely to produce any progress and, hence, investment returns, in any reasonable time frame.
Researchers aspiring to be on the dole and investors whose money is mired in floundering stem cell research firms are looking to federal funds for relief. Such groups already hoodwinked California voters for $3 billion last year with Proposition 71 - a sum that pales in comparison with what Congress could slop in their troughs.
The bottom line is that if embryonic stem cell research had real promise, private investment would be overflowing into biotech companies. But it's not.
These crooks have done a great job of saying "No subsidies"="Making it illegal". The equivalent is professional sports franchises saying that their sport is being made illegal by the fact that suckers citizens won't pay for their new stadiums.

Why don't these jackasses go out and make an honest living instead of thieving from taxpayers?


RT said...

I thought it was illegal. Not the research itself, but how they get the embryos. (Something about only being able to use an embryo that isn't 'good' anymore?)

I think I may be with you on this one, heck with spending govt money (taxpayer money!) on the research after the private money has dried up... Kind of sounds like throwing good money after bad.

Evil Sandmich said...

Nope, but for some reason the adherents always say "Bush is against stem cell research" and not "Bush is against stealing your money to give to us so that we can flush it down the toilet". Just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Much the same can be said of cloning technology. I don't feel like finding it, but they had a picture of the cloned cat and it looked fairly dissimilar from the cat from which it was cloned. This is because a clone is more similar to a fraternal twin than anything else: a similar, but not an exact copy by any means. Of course the process used for cloning makes the clone quite susceptible to genetic diseases, making it more of a genetic freak of 'nature' than anything else.

RT said...

Are you talking about CC? I've had a picture of her up on my website for some time now, lol. (Plus a bunch of older articles on SCR and cloning.)

Cloning is probably one of my favorite subjects to contemplate... It scares the hell out of me, but is still oddly exciting.