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Republicans To Cut Stem Cell Funding?

Most of the GOP presidential candidates would limit federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.

By | August 9, 2011

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Almost all of the Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential term would restrict federal funding for human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), which many scientists worry could hinder scientific advances in the field.

In 2001, Bush barred the National Institutes of Health from funding hESC research on all but 22 existing cell lines. In 2009, Obama overturned Bush’s law by executive order, allowing new hESC lines to apply for federal funding eligibility. Currently, there are 128 approved hESC lines for federal funding, and over the last two years, the NIH has provided more than $300 million to support research using those lines.

Of seven Republican candidates, all said they would  not support expanding funding for new cell lines, and only John Huntsman and Newt Gingrich responded to a Boston Globe survey saying that they would allow the NIH to continue funding research for currently approved hESC lines. Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts actively supported federal funding for hESC lines, said that overall he would not support using federal dollars for hESC research, but would “make an examination of the science” to determine whether funding could be maintained for the existing 128 cell lines, the Globe reports. The other four candidates avoided answering questions on the currently funded lines.

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Anonymous

August 9, 2011

good!

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August 9, 2011

Proves IMHO  the Presidential l candidates are  trying to get Right wing ideology support. Mitt Romney is  moving to the center by leaving the door open. The great American pragmatism is taking over  politics IMHO.

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August 9, 2011

What is the purpose of not adding the word Embryonic in the title in bold letters? If one were just to glance at the title, it would seem that Republicans want to cut all stem cell funding. 

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August 9, 2011

I meant to say "political pragmitism".

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August 9, 2011

Anyone who is a scientist who supports Republicans is an idiot.

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August 9, 2011

good!

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August 9, 2011

Proves IMHO  the Presidential l candidates are  trying to get Right wing ideology support. Mitt Romney is  moving to the center by leaving the door open. The great American pragmatism is taking over  politics IMHO.

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August 9, 2011

What is the purpose of not adding the word Embryonic in the title in bold letters? If one were just to glance at the title, it would seem that Republicans want to cut all stem cell funding. 

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August 9, 2011

I meant to say "political pragmitism".

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August 9, 2011

Anyone who is a scientist who supports Republicans is an idiot.

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August 9, 2011

good!

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August 9, 2011

Proves IMHO  the Presidential l candidates are  trying to get Right wing ideology support. Mitt Romney is  moving to the center by leaving the door open. The great American pragmatism is taking over  politics IMHO.

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August 9, 2011

What is the purpose of not adding the word Embryonic in the title in bold letters? If one were just to glance at the title, it would seem that Republicans want to cut all stem cell funding. 

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August 9, 2011

I meant to say "political pragmitism".

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August 9, 2011

Anyone who is a scientist who supports Republicans is an idiot.

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August 10, 2011

So let's see here...

1) No Republican candidate would support expanding funding for new cell lines.
2) Two candidates out of seven said that they support funding for current cell lines, one was not sure, and the other four did not provide a response.
3) All this addresses embryonic stem cell research, not other forms of stem cell research.

So how exactly does one arrive at the title "Republicans to Cut Stem Cell Funding?" based on these observations?  Not only is it sensationalistic, but patently unsupportable based on the article itself.

And by the way, Mr. Eichorn, ad hominem attacks are the surest sign of a failed argument.  Prejudice like the one expressed in your comment has no place among those good scientists who cherish rational discourse.

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August 10, 2011

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August 10, 2011

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August 10, 2011

So let's see here...

1) No Republican candidate would support expanding funding for new cell lines.
2) Two candidates out of seven said that they support funding for current cell lines, one was not sure, and the other four did not provide a response.
3) All this addresses embryonic stem cell research, not other forms of stem cell research.

So how exactly does one arrive at the title "Republicans to Cut Stem Cell Funding?" based on these observations?  Not only is it sensationalistic, but patently unsupportable based on the article itself.

And by the way, Mr. Eichorn, ad hominem attacks are the surest sign of a failed argument.  Prejudice like the one expressed in your comment has no place among those good scientists who cherish rational discourse.

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August 10, 2011

So let's see here...

1) No Republican candidate would support expanding funding for new cell lines.
2) Two candidates out of seven said that they support funding for current cell lines, one was not sure, and the other four did not provide a response.
3) All this addresses embryonic stem cell research, not other forms of stem cell research.

So how exactly does one arrive at the title "Republicans to Cut Stem Cell Funding?" based on these observations?  Not only is it sensationalistic, but patently unsupportable based on the article itself.

And by the way, Mr. Eichorn, ad hominem attacks are the surest sign of a failed argument.  Prejudice like the one expressed in your comment has no place among those good scientists who cherish rational discourse.

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August 13, 2011

Hey, what's not to like for a republican in cutting funding?  First, you save money on the research that isn't funded.  Second, you save money on Medicare for the treatments that aren't given.  And third, you save money on Social Security for the people who die early.  The trifecta!!!  A republican dream come true.

And besides, surveys show that those researchers are mostly Democrats anyways, so let 'em suffer.

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August 13, 2011

A simple glance shows you that there isn't room in the title for "embryonic."  A simple thought tells you that "embryonic" is understood.  No one even assumes that adult stem cell lines were under discussion.

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August 13, 2011

A simple glance shows you that there isn't room in the title for "embryonic."  A simple thought tells you that "embryonic" is understood.  No one even assumes that adult stem cell lines were under discussion.

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August 13, 2011

Hey, what's not to like for a republican in cutting funding?  First, you save money on the research that isn't funded.  Second, you save money on Medicare for the treatments that aren't given.  And third, you save money on Social Security for the people who die early.  The trifecta!!!  A republican dream come true.

And besides, surveys show that those researchers are mostly Democrats anyways, so let 'em suffer.

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August 13, 2011

Hey, what's not to like for a republican in cutting funding?  First, you save money on the research that isn't funded.  Second, you save money on Medicare for the treatments that aren't given.  And third, you save money on Social Security for the people who die early.  The trifecta!!!  A republican dream come true.

And besides, surveys show that those researchers are mostly Democrats anyways, so let 'em suffer.

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August 13, 2011

A simple glance shows you that there isn't room in the title for "embryonic."  A simple thought tells you that "embryonic" is understood.  No one even assumes that adult stem cell lines were under discussion.

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