ken wrote:Pvolcko, I don't care what the articles says about ESC lines used. The "presidential" ESC lines were contaminated and useless. Geron used their own financial resources to develop their own ESC research with no federal monies.
In the articles I've read Geron says they use stem cells from the lines you say are useless. You are either confused or Geron is.
Pvolcko, trust me, bush had a block on any federal funds used for research or the equipment used for research on ESC, through the FDA and the NIH. Like I posted just a bit ago, Geron did this on their own. About 6 or 8 months ago, the FDA stepped in and halted Geron's clinical trials for ESC. Geron had to submit tons of info to try and convince the FDA to release the hold which never happened.
Geron did this on their own, though it isn't at all clear why. As I said, they use cells from the approved lines and thus could have applied for federal funding, but apparently the decided not to or they were denied the funding. Since the articles and Geron themselves aren't saying they were denied funding, I suspect they went private for their own reasons. Perhaps not wanting to share freely results of the research and trials? I'm all for profit motive.
Now that the FDA no longer has a restriction on ESC research and funding, the clinical trials are moving forward.
Can you supply evidence that there was a block or restriction on approval for this by dictate of the Bush administration? Every article I've read has made no mention of overzealous approval process or any kind of Bush block on approval for this study, only that the FDA put them through a more rigorous approval process than other studies because this was a first for ESC and they looked for additional information, presumably about safety, expected failure rates, side effects, differences between past failed trials and this trial proposal, trial protocols, etc. I read a reuters version of the article that actually quoted the Geron rep saying that this approval's timing is not linked to the recent change of power. While they do believe that federal funding will become more available with less rules restrictions under Obama and the heavily democrat congress, there was nothing said to indicate a specific block put in place by Bush to prevent this approval from happening.
And this isn't directed at you specifically, Ken, but can we please not personalize this debate with "if you had someone in your family who could benefit" type of statements? It is offensive to assume that those against this kind of research, or at least less restricted federal funding of it, aren't impacted by personal situations where such a discovery wouldn't be highly desired. People of reason and good conscience often argue for policy counter to their personal or family interests.