Sunday, October 22, 2006

Fox's Tragedy Doesn't Make His Statements About Embryonic Stem Cells True

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox doesn't tell the truth about Senator Talent in this ad. Talent does not want to outlaw stem cell research. Rather, he does not support Missouri's Amendment 2, which would create a constitutional right in Missouri to conduct human cloning--which isn't the same thing at all.

I find it sad that Fox would use his own tragic disease as an emotional club for political purposes. But since he has, since he placed himself in the center of all of this, people need to know a little more about the story that Fox either doesn't know, or doesn't care to tell you. Embryonic stem cells cause tumors when injected into mice. This has been known for years, but the most recent example involved mice with Parkinson's who were injected with human ES cells--apparently to very bad effect. Nor will using cloned embryos to obtain ES cells--which would be authorized by Amendment 2--solve this seemingly intractable tumor problem.

Ads like Fox's are shameful in that they pull our emotional heart strings--who could not be touched by seeing anyone with Parkinson's--without shedding any actual light. Only in this case, deception rather than truth, was the order of the day.

8 Comments:

At October 22, 2006 , Blogger Jason Rennie said...

Yikes. That is dreadfully manipulative. Why is it that those who have the most to actually gain by not wasting money on dead end projects and instead putting the money into useful promising research, are those that most forcefully come out in favour of the dead end projects ?

Does becoming famour make your brain fall out or something ?

 
At October 22, 2006 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

It would be sadly ironic if Fox's advocacy slowed down the research that actually might do him the most good in the shortest time.

 
At October 22, 2006 , Blogger Jason Rennie said...

I don't suppose anybody has pointed that out to him. I guess his handlers wouldn't let this information get past the censors.

 
At October 22, 2006 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

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At October 22, 2006 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

Remember the story of James Kelly, a paraplegic, who after he debated Christopher Reeve, had someone put a hand over his mouth when he approached Reeve to tell him about adult stem cell successes.

 
At October 24, 2006 , Blogger Steve said...

Wesley, you are not being your characteristically careful self here. The Fox ad says Talent "wanted to criminalize the science that gives us hope," not that he wanted to criminalize stem cell research. The reference is to Talent's co-sponsorship of Sen. Brownback's bill to criminalize both reproductive and research cloning.

 
At October 24, 2006 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

Right. And that is the very science that is called "embryonic stem cell research" or "stem cell research" by the pro cloning side. So, I think I was right in my approach. This is also why I link to things so people can make their own judgments. Thanks for clarifying.

 
At October 25, 2006 , Blogger Calcavecchia said...

That's the best you got? Tumors in mice? If stem cells cause tumors in mice then we have even more reason to continue this extremely valuable research. Perhaps in curing parkinson's, paralysis, and alzheimer's, we can also better understand the causes of cancer speeding up the possibility of finding a cure. Why do you not mention that brain tumors in rats were a "potential" problem and that the rats tested were in fact cured of parkinson's disease; Leaving the possible and most likely treatable defect of tumors.

It seems to me that you are trying desperately to have this debate from a scientific and political mindset when really your opinions about this subject are religious and therefore completely emotional.

In my opinion there is no good arguement for not pursuing this research in earnest.

 

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