Brownback on stem cells
Sen. Brownback is speaking right now on the Senate floor, making a point I've hit here before:
Nearly all of the productive research on adult stem-cells is happening outside the US. Is this because of Federal limitations? No, because there are NO limitations at all on adult stem cells.
He quoted a researcher in Brazil, who has produced a promising cure for juvenile diabetes using the patient's own marrow cells, as saying that American researchers WERE NOT INTERESTED. Part of the problem was our ridiculous "ethical" requirements. The Brazilian diabetes research was done on adolescents because that's the best time to catch and fix the developing immune system; but the "ethicists" insist that research should only be done on adults. Essentially "bioethicists" are just another branch of the pro-abort machine. Their "answers" to "moral dilemmas" always seem to come out the same as Hitler's answers.
Another reason is undoubtedly the fear of litigation, which is nearly nonexistent in places like Thailand, Brazil and China.
Our problem is not lack of federal funding for a specific bit of the discipline which has not yet produced results. Our problem, here as in most areas of education, research, medicine, business, and life in general, is that America has been destroyed by lawyers.