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Cloning Pioneer Rejects Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Posted by infinitygoods on November 19, 2007

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Ian Wilmut, the scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep, is abandoning embryonic stem cell research, finally admitting it does NOT work.

Embryonic stem cell research, also called nuclear transfer and therapeutic cloning research, requires destroying the embryos.

According to the Associated Press, “Tens of millions of dollars have been spent worldwide on therapeutic cloning research in the past decade, but nobody has made it work.” Embryonic stem cell research has only caused cancers in humans.

Even Dolly and a few cats cloned had numerous medical problems, premature aging and premature death.

Wilmut told London’s Daily Telegraph, “I decided a few weeks ago not to pursue nuclear transfer.” He will be researching a method inspired by Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University.

Wilmut says that method does not require human eggs or the destruction of human embryos, which, he told reporters, many people are against.

According to AP that has “become a major stumbling block for funding and regulating research.”

It is “easier to accept socially,” Wilmut says.

The new method, called fibroblasts, slips four genes into mouse skin cells. According to AP, the altered cells behave similarly to embryonic stem cells.

Adult stem cell research has been far more successful but has been overshadowed by advertising and political campaigns in support of embryonic stem cell research.

Related research, which is also successful and not only used in the lab but also in human trials, is pig cell research. Scientists and medical doctors have successfully used pig cells as a solvable scaffolding for a patient’s own human cells to grow and replace organs and organ parts such as bladder, heart valves and wind pipes.

The horizon looks just a bit brighter today as Wilmut abandons embryonic stem cell research, opening the door for more scientists to admit it does not work and for the gratuitous slaying of embryonic human life to stop.

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Salmon + Salmon = Trout, Trout + Trout = Salmon, Ludicrous = U.S. & Japanese Scientists

Posted by infinitygoods on September 13, 2007

Tokyo University researchers are fooling around the lab to engineer a trout from salmon parents.  Back at the Idaho farm, researchers talking with Tokyo are trying to engineer salmon from trout parents using U.S. tax dollars.

And, no, they are not stopping there.  Next on the mad scientists’ to-do list are sturgeons, paddlefish, tuna and mackerel.

The excuse for this insanity is that they are hoping to preserve endangered fish.

It seems to me they are not preserving anything.  They are engineering brand new species of a sort.  And I for one, don’t want their science experiments on my family’s dinner plate.

To blame for these monstrosities are University of Idaho zoology professor Joseph Cloud, who according to the Associated Press is leading the U.S. government-funded sockeye project.  In Tokyo, Marine Biologist Goro Yoshizaki, is leading the University’s research.

AP quotes Yoshizaki from an e-mail interview, “we can save space, cost and labor.”  Ah, ha!  Now we get to the truth!  It’s not preserving endangered fish they are really after, it’s money.  Always money.

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Japanese Centenarian Club Quadruples

Posted by infinitygoods on August 27, 2007

According to the Associated Press, “the number of Japanese living beyond 100 has almost quadrupled in the past 10 years, with the once-exclusive centenarian club expected to exceed 28,000 this year.”

AP claims that experts believe this longevity is due to the traditional Japanese diet which is rich in vegetables and fish, but does that realy make sense? I’m no “expert”, whoever they may be — AP does not bother to specify, but I do have some common sense and I say that as healthy as vegetable and fish are, that cannot possibly be the reason. The “traditional” Japanese diet has ALWAYS been rich in vegetable and fish, has it not? So why would the Japanese centenarians suddenly quadruple?

We need to focus on major events and changes during these centenarians’ lifetimes or about the last 100 years. What could possibly have happened in Japan and in their lifetime that could have made such a drastic difference. The possibilities are many, but the most obvious of course is a very major, drastic event which happened in Japan during WWII — the Atomic Bomb. So here’s a wild thought. While the United States tried to kill the Japanese at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, did they also kill some harmful bacteria, germ, mold or such which normally prevents most human beings from reaching 100?

It’s up to the “experts” to figure out. Nevertheless I think it’s quite intriguing that not only has Japan’s centenarian population has quadrupled, but that it has done so while the rest of the world’s has not.

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