quotations about stem cell research
Dubai: A 19-year-old Palestinian bomb blast victim underwent a cosmetic surgery using her own stem cells to fill up a gaping hole in the calf of her right leg.
SUCHITRA BAJPAI CHAUDHARY, "Palestinian bomb blast victim undergoes surgery in Dubai hospital", Zawya, June 14, 2017
While we must devote enormous energy to conquering disease, it is equally important that we pay attention to the moral concerns raised by the new frontier of human embryo stem cell research. Even the most noble ends do not justify any means.
GEORGE W. BUSH, speech, August 9, 2001
The best that can be said about embryonic stem cell research is that it is scientific exploration into the potential benefits of killing human beings.
TOM DELAY, Washington Post, May 25, 2005
The bottom line is that there are 400,000 frozen embryos in the United States, and a large percentage of those are going to be thrown out. Regardless of what you think the moral status of those embryos is, it makes sense to me that it's a better moral decision to use them to help people than just to throw them out. It's a very complex issue, but to me it boils down to that one thing. If you really explain what's happening -- that these frozen embryos are ultimately going to be thrown out -- almost everybody except those that have to keep to some kind of party line will say, "What's the problem with this? We should go forward with this."
JAMES THOMSON, "Stem cell pioneer does a reality check", NBC News, June 25, 2005
In the beginning there is the stem cell; it is the origin of an organism's life. It is a single cell that can give rise to progeny that differentiate into any of the specialized cells of embryonic or adult tissues.
STEWART SELL, Stem Cells Handbook
My point is, and our point as a community, is we have a very good and supportable conclusion that a vast majority of people in this country are in favor of science playing a leading role in making changes in the future and believe in embryonic stem cell research. So we're just saying, know that we have prayed on it, too, and we have thought about it, and we are good people, and we are family people, and we are people that take this very seriously, and we're as concerned as you are. And we've decided that we would like to take this step and to do it with caution and to do it with oversight and to do it with the strictest adherence to ethics and all of the principles this country stands for. But, allow us to do that without infusing the conversation with inflammatory rhetoric and name-calling and fear-mongering. It doesn't help.
MICHAEL J. FOX, ABC interview, October 29, 2006
Stem cells are located throughout our bodies, like a reserve army offering regeneration and repair.
SAMANTHA BRESNAHAN, "Patient uses fat stem cells to repair his wrist", CNN, May 22, 2017
And now science has presented us with a hope called stem cell research, which may provide our scientists with many answers that have for so long been beyond our grasp. I don't see how we can turn our backs on this. There are so many diseases that can be cured or at least helped. We've lost so much time already. I can't bear to lose any more.
NANCY REAGAN, speech at Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation event, May 8, 2004
I am pro-life. I believe human life begins at conception. I also believe that embryonic stem cell research should be encouraged and supported.
BILL FRIST, speech, July 29, 2005
Stem cells are like toenail clippings with a better career plan.
SCOTT ADAMS, Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!
My entire political career, I voted pro-life, and that is exactly why I favor the stem cell initiative. I believe in saving human life. I want cures to be found.
JOHN DANFORTH, TV add sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, November 2005
The supporters of embryo-destructive research want to cross a great moral divide. They are seeking not only to destroy human life made in God's image but also to manufacture life made in man's image.
CHUCK COLSON, "The Veto: Should We Cross the Great Moral Divide?", Free Republic, July 21, 2006
While I understand the passion and the conviction of those for whom the blastocyst is a person from the moment of fertilization, I do not believe this, and it is [a] matter of faith for me as well. My passion and my conviction are toward the suffering of the one I see in need, ill or wounded.
LAURIE ZOLOTH, congressional testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space, September 29, 2004
Embryonic stem cell research is at the leading edge of a series of moral hazards.
GEORGE W. BUSH, Address to the Nation on Stem Cell Research, August 9, 2001
Researchers and biotech executives foresee the day when the effects of many catastrophic diseases can be reversed. The damaged brains of Alzheimer's disease patients may be restored. Severed spinal cords may be rejoined. Damaged organs may be rebuilt. Stem cells provide hope that this dream will become a reality.
GEORGE WOLFF, The Biotech Investor's Bible
Ethical judgments about the use of embryonic stem cells in research and therapies flow from the status accorded to the embryo. Those who feel that an embryo is a human being, or should be treated as one because it has the potential to become a person, contend that it is unethical to do anything to an embryo that could not be done to a person. At the opposite end of the spectrum, some people have expressed the view that the embryo is nothing more than a ball of cells that can be treated in a manner similar to tissues used in transplantation.
STEVE USDIN, introduction, Human Embryonic Stem Cells
I think we can do ethically guided embryonic stem cell research. We have 100,000 to 200,000 embryos that are frozen in nitrogen today from fertility clinics. These weren't taken from abortion or something like that. They're from a fertility clinic, and they're either going to be destroyed or left frozen. And I believe if we have the option, which scientists tell us we do, of curing Parkinson's, curing diabetes, curing, you know, some kind of a ... you know, paraplegic or quadriplegic or, you know, a spinal cord injury -- anything -- that's the nature of the human spirit. I think it is respecting life to reach for that cure.
JOHN KERRY, presidential debate, October 8, 2004
Nuclear transfer technology, which allows you to create stem cells that are genetically identical to a particular patient, may be ... necessary in order to get the full value out of embryonic stem cells. This is the matter of taking the nucleus from a skin cell, putting it in a hollowed-out egg cell in a dish and growing it to the point where you can take stem cells out of it. It never enters a womb. Sperm and egg never meet. There's no pregnancy and yet the opponents of this research continue to cast this in terms of these are little tiny lives. In fact, these are specks smaller than a grain of sand in which we can derive stem cells that could have vast scientific and medical benefit.
DANIEL PERRY, PBS Online NewsHour, October 11, 2004
As you know, Ronnie recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday. In earlier times, we would have been able to share our mutual pride in a life filled with wonderful memories. Now, while I can draw strength from these memories, I do it alone as Ronnie struggles in a world unknown to me or the scientists who devote their lives to Alzheimer's research. Because of this, I am determined to do what I can to save others from this pain and anguish. I'm writing, therefore, to ask your help in supporting what appears to be the most promising path to a cure -- stem cell research.
NANCY REAGAN, letter to George W. Bush, April 11, 2001
At this moment, the full promise of stem cell research remains unknown, and it should not be overstated. But scientists believe these tiny cells may have the potential to help us understand, and possibly cure, some of our most devastating diseases and conditions. To regenerate a severed spinal cord and lift someone from a wheelchair. To spur insulin production and spare a child from a lifetime of needles. To treat Parkinson's, cancer, heart disease and others that affect millions of Americans and the people who love them. But that potential will not reveal itself on its own. Medical miracles do not happen simply by accident. They result from painstaking and costly research -- from years of lonely trial and error, much of which never bears fruit -- and from a government willing to support that work.
BARACK OBAMA, remarks at signing of Stem Cell Executive Order and Scientific Integrity Presidential Memorandum, March 9, 2009