Mr Stein,\n\nI find your condescending comment interesting as you neglect to acknowledge that by commenting these folks are indeed minding their own business if the research or any methods for obtaining research materials are conducted using taxpayer dollars. It is interesting that you give so much credence to folks that sit on committees (usually by appointment or as part of job duties, and certainly not thru a procedure that would ascertain if they might also be likely to allow their personal bias, i.e.,for using embryonic stem cells, to effect their decision), but you are very willing to malign those who have been willingly quoted as having an agenda-it seems that one could hide behind the auspices of a committee or organization with greater facility and thereby not be held accountable for their decisions (safety and annonimity in numbers). \n\nAlso shouldn't any procedure that has garnered such varying views from confirmed ethicists perhaps be revisited? At the very least the valid arguments presented in the article should be addressed (as there was no fanatical fervor detected in the article as there was in your comment).\n\nFinally, to bring up an old issue, there is no data to date demonstrating the promise of these cells (just hopes of scientists looking for the newest discovery hanging their hopes on the tired backs of the sick and hopeful), while there is current research and data forwarding the use of human skin cells transformed into embryonic stem cells without the use of toxic viruses (like CMV). In that same light, isn't using embryonic stem cells for research as an industry almost antiquated? As these newer technologies that actually demonstrate success of some kind are emerging, isn't this discussion becoming a bit taboo? A hold out used in order to be called progressive and to label those who feel differently regarding the value of these cells as fanatical? \n\nOops, I guess you would also prefer if anyone that doesn't share your shut up or get out sentiment to mind their own? Luckily, for both sides of the argument we live in the USA, in 2009, on planet Earth-perhaps you should check us out in reality? Your diatribe isn't doing anything for either side of the argument-perhaps it is you who should "mind your own"?