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UPDATE 2: Infant Stem Cell Research and the Bucket Challenge

The mystery of the missing page

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Are any pro lifers bothered that the (for the moment) incredibly popular ALS Association embraces research using fetal stem cells?

Here’s something fascinating to me—and a little mysterious.

Yesterday, I found a page at ALS Association explaining their support of stem cell research, including fetal stem cells.

I read the whole thing before sending the link to Carol.

This morning I tried to share the link with Facebook friends.

Guess what?

That page has gone missing.

I wonder why.

This is one of the reasons, by the way, I have a lifetime allergy to running with whatever herd is most popular at the moment.

It’s a rule of thumb for me: Wherever the gathering of consensus is most intense and automatic, the more likelihood that consensus is in error.

Check out the missing page yourself:

You gotta wonder about the timing and so forth.

Are they getting pushback?

Here’s a good point from my Twitter feed:

 

Would the percentage that embryonic stem cell research takes of their work make a difference to you—or, for you, is it an absolute?

The one thing I know for sure is that these are questions we need to settle on before we join massive bucket brigades.

We need to learn to discern.

Ahead of time.

Update

I missed finding this article as I wrote this morning. It clarifies a lot.

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service: Does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fund embryonic stem cell research?

In an email to Religion News Service, Carrie Munk, a spokeswoman for the ALS Association, said that the organization primarily funds adult stem cell research.

“Currently, The Association is funding one study using embryonic stem cells (ESC), and the stem cell line was established many years ago under ethical guidelines set by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); this research is funded by one specific donor, who is committed to this area of research,” she said. “The project is in its final phase and will come to an end very soon.”

Some have suggested that embryonic stem cell research could eventually be phased out by other, less controversial research.

“Many labs have replaced ESCs with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells),” Munk said. “These iPS cells begin as adult human skin cells but are then reprogrammed to become stem cells, which are then ready to become other cells types.”

So now we know.

h/t Joy Burgess

Update 2

LifeNews.com tweeted me a link to this article: Attention Pro-Lifers: Be Careful Where You Send Your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donation.

They offer a caution that we need to be careful which organization we send our donations to, because some of them do, in fact, donate heavily to fetal cell based research.

 

Photo Credit: NBC News

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