Monday, February 27, 2006

CBS, what about adult stem cell research?

Last night while flipping thru the channels (we don't have cable so flipping takes all of ten seconds) I came upon a 60 Minutes story on stem cell research. The transcript is here.

The slanted story which didn't have an interview with anyone who is opposed to embryonic stem cell research had some solid whoppers in it. The usual distortion of Bush's policy on embryonic stem cell research, the paralyzed advocate brimming with false hope, and the false dilemma of discarding vs. killing embryos were all par for the course.

But I think the most amazing (even though relatively predictable) part of the segment is that stem cells from adults and umbilical cords weren't mentioned once. Not a single time. In fact, CBS treated adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cords as if they didn't even exist.

After discussing how embryonic stem cell research still needs to jump over some hurdles before it can be tested in humans, we learn that there is "one area of stem-cell research" that is ready for human testing.
"But there is one area of stem-cell research that is now ready for human testing and it may be the only chance that Joanna and Marcus Kerner have to save the life of their 6-year-old son, Daniel."

Guess which area. It's not adult stem cell research. It's not research on stem cells from umbilical cords. It's research on stem cells from aborted children.
"The FDA recently approved a clinical trial using brain stem cells from fetal tissue to treat the rare and always fatal neurological disorder called Batten disease, which Daniel was diagnosed with a year and a half ago."

I guess America doesn't need to know that research with adult stem cells has outpaced embryonic stem cell research with regards to spinal cord injuries, heart disease and diabetes when hyping embryonic stem cells seems to never get old.

1 comment:

  1. Are they dense, or are they doing it on purpose? (The perennial question: Democrats - Stupid, or evil?)

    What possible motive can they have?