Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Life Links 7/9/08

Serge has some additional fisking of that really bad "stem cell ban" editorial in the Detroit Free Press.

Wesley Smith on the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine's latest sob story.
Oh, this is rich! During the campaign for Proposition 71, proponents promised that Californians would reap a cornucopia of benefits from borrowing $3 billion over 10 years to pay researchers in private companies and their business partners in universities to conduct human cloning and ESCR. And, they said, the poor of California would benefit from cheap medical treatments.

Well the California Legislature is holding them to that, and now the CIRM is wailing and gnashing its teeth that the very existence of the CIRM is threatened! Sounds serious: Is Bush sending in the storm troopers at last?

From a press release, it appears European scientists have created a single embryonic stem cell line after separating three 4-celled human embryos into 12 cells (thus killing the embryos). The embryos weren't "leftover" IVF embryos but were created solely for this research.

Jenice Armstrong of the Philadelphia Daily News describes a new book.
Written by a friend of mine, Mister Mann Frisby, a former Daily News reporter, "Holla Back But Listen First: A Life Guide for Young Adults" is essentially a collection of life lessons gleaned from celebrities and everyday folks alike on their way to success. In it, Cheryl "Salt" Wray, of the iconic hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa, tells of getting pregnant at 14 and having a late-term abortion.

"I was awake for the entire experience," she says. "It was excruciatingly painful. I was crying and screaming through the whole thing. My mother had to wait outside because she could not be in the room with me. I had to deal with that horrible experience because it was the consequence of a choice I made."

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