escrWashington, DC – A new report released today by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) analyzes the history and trajectory of funding for stem cell research by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), revealing that the scientific community now views morally unproblematic alternatives to embryonic stem cells as the best hope for progress toward effective treatments and therapies.

Launched in 2004 as a response to the Bush Administration’s unwillingness to fully support embryonic stem cell research on moral grounds, the CIRM funneled $75.7.million in California state taxpayer funds to embryonic stem cell research projects in its first year.  But that funding pattern has now decisively changed.  The CLI report argues that CIRM’s growing preference to fund ethical stem cell projects is evidence of the scientific community’s acceptance that the best hope for progress lies in the funding and pursuit of morally unproblematic alternatives like adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.

“A decade ago researchers, media, and Hollywood alike dismissed moral and ethical concerns to hail stem cell research using, and destroying, human embryos, as the ‘only hope’ for developing efficacious therapies,” saidChuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute.  “But despite the millions of dollars spent on this research, cures brought about by embryonic stem cells have continued to prove elusive, while adult stem cell research applications have exploded. As the leading funder of stem cell research, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has made grant decisions that show where the industry sees promise.  In the past six years, where that promise lies has become increasingly clear: ethical adult stem cell research.”

The full report can be read online here.

  1. It looks like the old adage applies here: As advanced as science is, it seems to always be having to catch up to the Church.

  2. There have been three voices who have been publicly stating for over five years that ESC have no chance to cure anyone of anything in the foreseeable future. Wesley J. Smith and Dr David Prentice, both coming from religious-type organizations, were the first to add science and logic to the discussion. 
    The Repair Stem Cell Institute was the third, limiting its attacks to science and intentionally ignoring the moral issues.  For the whole five years, RSCI attacked the frauds running Geron, backed by Pharma and the FDA and ISSCS and all the other embryonic hoaxers, saying that Geron would never complete a clinical trial—ever.  Even after two different FDA approvals, and even after they finally started one, RSCI continued to say “never!”
    Prenticw, Smith and RSCI were proven correct about ESC when Geron, gave up ESC when not one patient showed ANY improvement it its silly trial.  Of course, being Geron, a company full of liars, they pretended it was about money, though completing that initial trial could be done with chump change.
    Your article is as close to the truth as can be read in the USA, though you will never see it mentioned in any major publication completely controlled by those who do not want ASC to reduce their medical profits below the outrageous 18% of GDP soaking Americans today.
    Don Margolis, Chairman
    Repair Stem Cell Institute

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