October 11th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

First human injected in human embryonic stem cell trial

After years of animal trials, the first human has been injected with cells from human embryonic stem cells, according to Geron Corporation, the company which is sponsoring the controversial study.

"This is the first human embryonic stem cell trial in the world," Geron CEO Dr. Thomas Okarma tells CNN.

Geron is releasing very few details about the patient, but will say that the first person to receive cells derived from human embryonic stem cells was enrolled in the FDA-approved clinical trial at the Shepherd Center, a spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  This person was injected with the cells on Friday.

The FDA first approved this clinical trial in January 2009, but later required further research before the study could proceed. The FDA gave final approval in July of this year.  This allowed the company to begin searching for the first patients who might qualify for this phase 1 clinical trial, which means scientists are trying to determine the safety of introducing these cells into a human.

To be eligible, patients have to have suffered what's called a complete thoracic spinal cord injury, which means  no movement below the chest. While patients can still move their arms and breathe on their own, they are complete paraplegics; they have no bowel or bladder control and can't move their legs, Okarma explains.

The injury to the spinal cord would have to have occurred between the third and tenth thoracic vertebrae and the patient has to be injected with the stem cell therapy, called GRNOPC1, within seven to 14 days after the injury.   "At the time of the injection, they [the cells] are programmed to make a new spinal cord – they insulate the damage [to the spinal cord]," says Okarma.  The cells work just like they would if they were in the womb and building a spine in a fetus, Okarma explains.

Embryonic stem cells are only four to five days old and have the ability to turn into any cell in the body.  But the cells that the patient receives aren't pure human embryonic stem cells anymore.  The cells in the GRNOPC1 therapy have been coaxed into becoming early myelinated glial cells, a type of cell that insulates nerve cells.

"For every cell we inject, they become six to 10 cells in a few months," says Okarma.  These cells can still divide some but will not become any type of cell other than glial cells, he explains.

The Geron CEO likens what these cells are doing to repairing a large electrical cable.  If the outer layer is damaged and the wire is exposed, it causes a short-circuit and the cable doesn't work anymore.  In the case of a spinal cord injury, these new stem-cell derived glial cells creep in between all the fibers and rewrap the nerve with myelin, which is like patching the cable.  The goal is to permanently repair the damage that caused the paralysis from the spinal cord injury.

"We're not treating symptoms here -  we're permanently regenerating tissue," says Okarma.

He adds that the goal of this stem cell therapy is to shift the outcome for someone who has just suffered a serious spinal cord injury, and go from a place where there's no hope for improvement to a situation where they can respond to physical therapy.  "If we could do that, this would be a spectacular result," Okarma says.

The purpose of the clinical trial at this stage is to determine safety – to determine that there are no bad side effects or rejection caused by the therapy. Only eight to 10 patients are approved to be in the safety phase of this clinical trial, and patients with new spinal cord injuries are expected to be enrolled at about seven sites in the United States.  Besides the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, also is recruiting patients.

The cells that are being injected into the patients are a product derived from stem cells that were harvested from leftover embryos from fertility clinics.  Because this process destroys the embryo, this type of research has been very controversial.  Consequently federal funding of this type of research has been equally controversial.  However, Okarma has previously told CNN that "zero federal funds" were used for their human embryonic stem cell product.

soundoff (762 Responses)
  1. ken

    BRAVO!! If Bush hadn't been such a coward we would have been here long ago helping to heal people.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ForStemCells


    Yes teeth are a major possibility for stem cell extraction... Except because of Bible worshippers like you All stem cell research is going as slow as molasses.

    That could have been your first comment... instead you want to spread the word of your imaginary friend. You could be practicing brain games instead.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Goodgrief

    Hope this works! A scientific breakthrough!

    October 11, 2010 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. BJinCA

    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, rea...son, and intellect has intended us to forego their use."
    – Galileo Galilei
    I suppose we should stop pointing out FACTS, such as these cells do NOT come from aborted fetus' . They are donated by compassionate people who have had IVF. How come the RR isn't upset over all the embryos that are destroyed as a result of IVF. What about that? Arguing with people like you SF is a waste of time. There are none so blind as those that will not see. The sin here is your ignorance.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Colin in Florida

    SF-if prayer is so powerful, why has no one with a severed spinal cord EVER been healed before this?

    Or, if that is too deep for you, why has no one whose limb has been amputated in an accident ever had their limb regrown through the power of prayer?

    At this point, I prefer science to make-believe friends.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. abouttime

    @S.F. A hundred years ago, most religions thought it was blasphemy to take your child to the doctor because of simple infections because they believed that the power of prayer was so much more powerful then science about 60 years ago, my great uncle died of appendicitis because my great-grandfather thought that it was wrong to take a life into your own hands and they prayed over him instead. He died. If you would have your OWN child die or be permanently paralyzed, because of the same basic principle then shame on you. YOU my friend don't deserve to procreate if that is your mindset.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. B-dog

    THIS..... IS..... GREAT NEWS!!!!

    Regenerating tissue! Holy S***!

    October 11, 2010 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. allison

    S.F. did you ever consider that this might be God's answer to your prayers? If everything comes to be through him, then this is his will.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • S.F. is a moron

      Thank you Allison, MUAH

      October 11, 2010 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • S.F. is a moron

      BTW...S.F. is still a moron and GOD is still fake

      October 11, 2010 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
  9. RD

    @ S.F. SHUT UP!

    October 11, 2010 at 16:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Sam

    S.F. is a troll, everybody. Ignore it and it will go away.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. transplanted

    Now That is wrong on so many levels !!!! Be careful what u wish 4 others, it often comes right back 2 u . I hope u will b forgiven. God does forgive children and fools, and i don't have 2 wonder which u r.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. patsy

    It is about time. Lets hope it works.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. AidConEmi

    I hope they are very sucessful in this endeavor, I have been saying this for years. Religious fanatics have the right to state thier opinion in this forum, just as I have the right to say it appears as though they are completely freaking stupid. 😀 Freedom of speech, baby, yeah! Get off your "high" horse and come back to reality for two seconds. Everyday babies are DYING from cancer while child molesters and rapists run around completely healthy victimizing our children and our society, yet you believe that is right and good because your GOD allows it to happen? Get a grip, people, and hope that this is a chance for the lame to walk, the blind to see, and innocent children have a chance to live. Thanks.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jake

    I am God.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. GinCas

    About TIME! If it weren't for the idiotic religious morons in this country, we'd have been here more than a decade ago! Now it should be forbidden to the them!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lsKIWI

      as a stem cell scientist (and an atheist, for what it's worth mentioning), I can assure that the contention that this work would've been possible a decade earlier if it weren't for religious intervention is not true. The Bush moritorium on using embryonic stem cells imposed in 2001 only applied to researchers in the US receiving federal funding. While this affected many of our country's scientists, others relocated to Europe, Asia and the UK, whilst scientists in these countries and many others continued to valuable new discoveries around ES cell biology. Any delay that may have occurred since we learned how to isolate and expand in the laboratory human ES cells (mid 1990s) would've been due to the complex biology of these cells, and the laborious research efforts that are required for us to at least know some of what we need to contemplate clinical trials.

      October 12, 2010 at 14:58 | Report abuse |
  16. mary

    Sorry..As wonderful for the patients as this might be.. Coming from left over fetus's make me feel ill.
    We create humans, then destroy them..Call them "left overs".. It sounds totally barbaric..
    One day if we can use stem cells from umbilical cords. Other ways that do not mean the ending of another life..It would be wonderful..
    But not this way.. I feel this is getting your health back at a cost... Another humans life..
    No..Can't think it is anything but wrong.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SnareDrum

      Luckily, there is little need for such worries, as a project by a Japanese scientist who had the same concerns as you did has succeeded in creating stem cells that are identical to the ones derived from fetuses from nothing but ordinary adult skin cells!

      October 11, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • Doppleganger

      I'm sorry but you are incorrect. Adult stem cells are NOT the same or even close to the same as embryonic stem cells. The argument that the two are interchangeable is a horrible and misguided dream perpetrated by the people who don't understand how stem cells work.

      Adult stem cells will not... I repeat... WILL NOT!!! make a paralyzed person walk again. Embryonic stem cells will. Adult stem cells have a VERY limited scope of capabilities. Embryonic stem cells can rebuild ANY cell in the human body.

      Finally, the idea that we're going out and killing unborn children to heal living people is ridiculous. The cells come from embryos that didn't take from In Vitro Fertilization... these were never at any point going to be alive... ever. Please, please, please read about this. The arguments against it are so inane and ridiculous once you understand how it works.

      October 11, 2010 at 18:23 | Report abuse |
    • A.G.

      Ditto what Doppelganger said. Also, stem cells CAN be obtained from umbilical cord blood. However, while better than adult stem cells they are still not as reliable or useful as the embryonic stem cells. By the way, these embryonic stem cells are obtained from embryos created for in vitro fertilization. They are nothing more than a mass of frozen cells – never had a heart beat. If they aren't used for research they are incinerated. It is ridiculous to me that people find the torching of healthy, usable tissue preferable to helping a paralyzed person walk. I could go on, but I don't want to waste my time.

      October 11, 2010 at 22:26 | Report abuse |
    • lsKIWI

      @ "Doppelganger" and "AG" – some of your claims are wrong (I am a professor of stem cell biology, so know this field well!). First, AG, cord blood stem cells derived from the umbilicus are hematopoietic stem cells, which means that they can give rise to any terminally differentiated blood cell that you and I have coursing through our bloodstream in millions. These can be used in a bone marrow transplantation setting to reconstitute an irradiated hematopoietic system, but has very little therapeutic potential in treating deficiencies in other tissues. Second, Doppelganger, whilst adult and embryonic stem cells are not identical, they are remarkably similar, and it is factually incorrect to state that human ES cells will provide a cure here that adult stem cells will not. This reasoning is also flawed because more recent advances in stem cell biology have enabled scientists to grow pluripotent stem cells (that can give rise to every cell type in the adult human) from a simple skin or blood sample. While this process has not been understood or optimized yet, the advances made in the last four years, since the initial discovery by Yamamoto, have been dramatic and truly promising. There is little doubt that Yamamoto will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work, it is that important.

      While no-one can predict the outcome of clinical trials, and the potential problems, I expect huge strides forward in the next decade, and would not be surprised to see the consequences of spinal trauma alleviated or even reversed (and I'm a naturally cautious scientist).

      October 12, 2010 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
  17. mom of 3

    As the mother of a child who has an illness that could possibly be cured with this type of science I can tell you right now that I do pray to the same God as you. When I pray, I ask God to please bless all of the physicians from around the world who are working on these projects and I pray that there will be cures to all of these things in my child's lifetime. Maybe my prayers are being answered. God bless these brave, brilliant doctors and their research. It will effect all of our lives in a positive way someday!!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Liz

    I wish Chris Reeve were here today. He would be so thrilled. I hope they succeed.

    October 11, 2010 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • S.F. is a moron


      October 11, 2010 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
  19. ronald raygun

    ALS otherwise known as Lou Gherigs is the disease this patient has. if they can cure Gherigs they can cure about anything!!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • A.G.

      Where does it say the patient has ALS? It says the patient is enrolled in an FDA trial for patient's who have suffered a complete thoracic spinal cord injury. This is a great first step...I do hope to see stem cells used for other diseases and injuries in the near future.

      October 11, 2010 at 22:29 | Report abuse |
  20. scienceman

    Agriculture is a science, as is hunting ,fishing, cooking. If you need to learn how to do it, it is a science. That is what animals have brains for. And who created brains?

    October 11, 2010 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. josh

    This is an exciting day for biotech and the future of medicine. I find it strange that someone could argue that a process which heals the sick and injured is somehow unethical. Certainly from a medical and humanistic viewpoint, there is no higher morality.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Hmmm

    Yep I need a kidney, So I will just kill you and take yours! Any difference? Or are we still in the belief that a fetus is not human until he/she is born? Now if the stem cells are coming from still births or something like that, as sad as that may be, they the baby can be a donor. There is really no difference in that case. I still do not agree with stem cells from an aborted fetus. Just my thinking though and my opinion which I am sure some crazy person will comment and say how stupid I am, haha.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • A.G.

      I will not call you stupid, but I will call you ignorant. The stem cells come from embryos. An embryo is not a fetus. "Embryo: The organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation from fertilization to, in humans, the beginning of the third month of pregnancy. After that point in time, it is termed a fetus." The embryos that are used in this type of research are the result of in vitro fertilization – they are nothing more than a mass of 8 or 16 cells with absolutely no recognizable human characteristics. The tissue was frozen at the 8 or 16 cell stage. There was never a heart beat and it never existed outside of a test tube. If the tissue is not used for research it will either sit in the freezer for all eternity or be incinerated. Are those options really preferable to helping a paralyzed person walk or curing Lou Gehrig's disease?

      October 11, 2010 at 22:34 | Report abuse |
    • Evil, evil, evil wicked wicked wicked

      @a.g. Must stands for az zho gynecologist aka mad scientist, in bedroom aka Fran, Ken, Stein. You thoughts are abominable. Two gametes joined(sperm ovum) to form a zygote(fertilized), blastocyte(multiply, and specialized cells), embryo (premature organs up to 8weeks), fetus (>8wks til birth). Az zho scientists and @a.g. want to declare not human and not alive so to reduce human existence to a commodity and a product. Remember the basic definition of life from 101 biology: it grows, requires and consumes nourishment, it needs oxygen, it reproduce, has activity. Life begin for the human person at conception. Mad scientists also try to redefine death too so as to harvest organs from the
      living. @a.g. You are ignorant for failing to acknowledge humanity and
      life from fertilization to natural death.

      October 12, 2010 at 01:26 | Report abuse |
  23. Ronald Pies MD

    For those who believe in God, I would ask them to consider our role as being one of "partnership" with the God, by means of ethical action. If we see a person drowning in the river, we do not walk away, proclaim our "faith in God", and wait for God to save the person. We act in partnership with God's teachings–to do unto others as we would have done unto us–and we do our best to save the person, as we would want to receive help. Developing stem cell science may be seen as part of our partnership with ethical principles common to most religions. Fortunately, the need for
    embryonic stem cells is receding, as scientists develop alternative lines of these cells.

    –Ronald Pies MD

    October 11, 2010 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jared

      Of course we should help our brothers and sisters, but for your illustration to actually reflect what's taking place, you'd have to throw someone else into the river so that the drowning person would have someone to stand on.

      I'm not 100% against stem cell research. I only disagree with the use of embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have proven to be useful and I also hope that they become the only source of modern stem cell miracles.

      October 11, 2010 at 21:56 | Report abuse |
    • Evil, evil, evil wicked wicked wicked

      @dr pies...you condone this evil act. You condone killing humanity at its weakest existence until alternative methods are discovered. You are not partner with God. You believe evil means can be employed for a justified end. That is evil and wicked. People like you believe if the drug cartels donate money to build drug rehab centers is a good, philanthropic cause. God hates the lukewarm he spits it out if his mouth and rightly so because you coat your poison with sugar.

      October 12, 2010 at 01:39 | Report abuse |
  24. Name*Kathy

    Some of these bangers are total lunes...talk about a compete and total waste of human skin... Where's the lions when you need them?

    October 11, 2010 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Reallythough

    S.F. is obviously someone masquerading as a Christian to make those of the faith look bad. No true Christian believes what you are saying. It's an obvious attempt to undermine the faithful and stir up dissent among those who don't believe. You are one of those that the bible warns people AGAINST!

    October 11, 2010 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Allan Tanny

    I am always amazed by those that claim insight into the divine.S.F. is waiting for a cure from God. Why would you think that the use of stem cells is not the cure from God. God gave us the ability to think and supposedly to use that process to better our lives. If you believe than its important to note that when God created man, man did not have fire. Should we be eating raw meat and freezing in the dark? You have accepted your stove and the heat, who are you to determine if the use of stem cells are any different.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jamie

      Why did god produce lives that needed to be bettered? Why not produce perfectly happy lives instead of miserable lives? Come on, theres no god.

      October 11, 2010 at 18:08 | Report abuse |
  27. scienceman

    Many fetuses are aborted naturally before the woman is even aware she is pregnant – I guess God performs abortions!

    October 11, 2010 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • No baby killers here...

      Thanks Scienceman!

      So right... the number of miscarriages is rising globally while the number of voluntary abortions has gone down drastically thanks to international sexual education and birth control. 🙂

      October 11, 2010 at 18:56 | Report abuse |
  28. patti

    I just read the list of possible diseases that this might cure. My dad had heart disease and died 4 years ago this thursday...and I am diabetic and my mother has arthritis.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • transplanted

      Good news that maybe not every 1 knows about: The Heart Institute in Houston is already working with stem cells to repair heart tissue damaged by heart attacks !!!!

      October 11, 2010 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
  29. Orrin

    I thought we were so far behind the rest of the world in stem cell research because of our moral values. That must have been a lie from all the pro embryonic stem cell promoters since apparently no one has gotten this far yet. The truth is that we are behind because we are so focused on killing tiny unborn people for stem cells while the rest of the world is having success with adult stem cell procedures that don't require killing a tiny unborn human.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Bagheera

    I know it's difficult to understand, but taking a human life, even in the womb, is murder. It is evil to commit murder and then use the murdered person's cells for medical use.

    Adult stem cells have a greater potential than embryonic stem cells. You can use adult stem cells without committing a heinous act.

    Nevertheless, we are sinners who are totally depraved. I am certain that most of us would suffer a million babies murdered in the womb if only for the chance of improving our own lives. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jamie

      Is it only bad to take human life or do animals count? If its ok to kill animals can you explain to me why?

      October 11, 2010 at 18:17 | Report abuse |
    • A.G.

      I'm probably wasting my breath here, but I would like to address a couple of your statements.

      "I know it's difficult to understand, but taking a human life, even in the womb, is murder. It is evil to commit murder and then use the murdered person's cells for medical use."

      The embryonic stem cells used in this scientific research were never in a womb. They are the result of in vitro fertilization. The egg was fertilized with the sperm, the cells divided, and the organism was frozen at the 8 or 16 cell stage. There was never a heartbeat or even anything resembling a heart or any other kind of human characteristics. Now, if you are against IVF that is one thing...but that is your personal opinion/choice and everyone is entitled to their own personal choices.

      "Adult stem cells have a greater potential than embryonic stem cells." This is completely false. While there has been some progress with adult stem cells, they are of extremely limited use and potential. Embryonic stem cells have unlimited use and potential as they can be grown in to ANY kind of cell. Don't you think if adult stem cells were just as good or better the scientists would avoid all the controversy and just use the adult stem cells?

      October 11, 2010 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
    • Evil, evil, evil wicked wicked wicked

      @a.g. You are a pitre dish murderer. Instead in some back way alley you murder in the lab under research. Stop fertilizing human life outside it's natural habitat, the womb, stop trying to redefine life...mad scientist!

      October 12, 2010 at 01:59 | Report abuse |
  31. josh

    Just for the sake of argument, I will allow that these cells constitute human life. However, they are not viable human life, and if left alone, they would remain inviable. This is a major distinction between these cells and a fetus in a mother's womb, which, if left alone, would develop into a human being. You could argue that we have a moral imperative to not "kill" human embryos, but can you really argue that we have a moral imperative to implant an artificially created embryo in a hypothetical mother? Should we force women to be implanted to this end?

    On the other hand, the benefit of using these artificial embryos in medicine is spectacular, beyond what we can even imagine right now. However, you could see the potential for replacing organs and brain cells. This is incredible, and brings a great gain to society, unlike abortion, which only brings an immediate gain to one woman.

    My point is that you can be morally against abortion and in favor of stem cell research. Indeed, healing people who have been severely injured is one of the greatest forms of morality.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Evil, evil, evil wicked wicked wicked

      @Josh so, what you saying is, if you run over a pedestrian while driving your car and mortally injured and wounded the guy...since he going to die anyway, let us back up and go forward over the pedestrian, repetively, until he is dead so we won't
      worry his family with a hospital bill.
      Now Josh I know you can reconized the lunacy of my argument so why can you reconized the lunacy of yours?

      October 12, 2010 at 02:13 | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      You are right Josh: valid arguments here. This evil evil wicked wicked guy is a sociopath. You can tell from words such as "you and your kind" and his arguments thus far... sociopath.

      October 12, 2010 at 02:56 | Report abuse |
    • Evil, evil, evil wicked wicked wicked

      @pat and your kind are the sociopath. Josh is creating senarios and circumstances where it is acceptable to tread murderously upon humanity: its life and it's dignity. @pat, you and your kind have no ears to hear and no eyes to see. So, @pat, you and your kind, echoes @josh and his kind's errors like dumbs rocks on the side of a mountain.

      October 12, 2010 at 12:19 | Report abuse |
  32. optimistic

    I sincerly hope this treatment works, and for you religious freaks, save the dogma for your momma. Religion is the root of all evil, it has caused wars, genocide, and strife the world over. I am extremely happy that my parents didnt beat me over the head with a bible. It only limits progress and free thinking.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Veggiehead

    I'm surprised that this is the first trial! I thought this had already been done. Stem cells from other sources (cord blood, or cells taken from a subject and grown in the lab) have been used in human treatment (at least in trial form) for some time. Philosophically, I can understand why there is a debate over embryonic stem cell use, but too often that debaters confuse "stem cells" with "embryonic stem cells."

    What has always amazed me is the people who see no problem with in-vitro fertilization (with the freezing and storing of "fertilized eggs" for future implantation, or not), but go apoplectic at the thought of using embryonic stem cells for research or medical treatment. Somehow, in the small minds of these folks, it's okay to freeze and store those few-cell "human beings" for decades - to be used or discarded at the whim of the "parent" - but it's not okay to make good use of the cells when they are no longer wanted. I have never heard an adequate explanation from an anti-EST zealot for why they make this distinction.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Evil, evil, evil wicked wicked wicked

      @veggiehead IVF and embryonic stem cell research and abortion are ALL crimes against humanity. All of these procedures seek to redfine human life at some other point other than conception. All of these procedures denies the personhood and its existence: "no longer" a baby
      is now cells, no viable tissue, blastocye, embryo, fetus, relabeled "it"
      a term usu reserved fir inanimated objects. It life is reduced to a product and commodity to be brought and sold and patent and a profit margin. Life begins from conception(when the ovum if fertlized) to natural death. Any inconsistenies in the truth is a lie. What you notice @veggiehead is the
      propaganda of lies supporting this evil.

      October 12, 2010 at 02:42 | Report abuse |
  34. Mike

    @ S.F. I was in a bad mood before I read this article. Now I'm in a worse mood. Go.......yourself. I'm tired of religion and constructive science crossing paths. People may be able to walk again because of this research. Someday science will shut all you ridiculous people up forever and we can move on without interruption. What a complete waste of time you are. If you feel so strongly about your religion just keep it to yourself and revel in the fact that you are going to heaven. Just letting off some steam. Go........yourself. That is all. Bye. See ya later. I'm leaving now. mmmmm doughnuts!

    October 11, 2010 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. jesus

    I eat dead babies yum!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. rajan

    isn't the same church once punished the scientist who said the earth was round, not flat.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. glasshammer

    @SF – This one's for you. Have you ever heard the story of the " holy roller " that set out to the middle of the ocean on a raft with no water, food, or shelter from the sun believing that the Lord would save them??
    Well, a fishing boat appeared, and the holy roller said, "no, I'm not going with you, the Lord will save me." So they left, and a sailboat appeared, and the holy roller said, "no, I'm not going with you, the Lord will save me." Finally the navy appeared, and the holy roller said, "no, I'm not going with you, the Lord will save me." So they left.
    Finally the holy roller is at the pearly gates and asks, "Lord, what happened?? Why didn't you save me??"
    So the Lord replied, " I sent you a fishing boat, a sailboat, and the navy. So because you were too closed minded to see what special gifts I tried to give you, then here you are."

    October 11, 2010 at 17:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Kent

    S.F. and Mary have both failed at life.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. RS

    I hope this really works! This is exciting for all paraplegics out there and as for SF your a dufus.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. FSM

    To all the religious nutjobs out there who think this is an affront to their imaginary friend, I say good riddance. The more of you whackos who refuse state of the art medical advances because of some obscure passage in a 2000 year old book written by men who were cool with slavery and stoning people to death for minute infractions, the more of you will die, leaving less zealots for the rest of us to have to put up with. Thank you for removing yourselves from the gene pool. Darwin would be proud!

    October 11, 2010 at 17:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Mary

    No, the cells that were harvested from leftover embryos from fertility clinics. I took that from the article. The scientist didn't make babies to take their stemcells, the babies were already aborted.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • No baby killers here...


      Also called voluntary abortion. the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.

      Soooooo....... It had to have been implanted in a uterus first, (which it wasn't,) to be eligible for an "abortion," let alone actually aborted. The cells weren't implanted in a human womb, so it is then impossible to be an "abortion," (or have been aborted,) by definition.

      I'll go real slow now, so you can understand... It is n o t at all p o s s i b l e for the embryos to be aborted, since the embryos weren't in a human to be aborted from.

      October 11, 2010 at 18:48 | Report abuse |
  42. John C

    One small step for mankind. inspite of the right wing necons.

    Science flies you to the moon,
    religion flies you into a building!

    October 11, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Kent

    Mary, just shut the fuck up already. You're a moron, we get it.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Patti2

    God gave us brains to advance our humanity. Every generation learns more from the last and I believe that is what God intended. I am praying for a stem cell cure for Diabetes.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Someguy

    @ S.F. Well maybe these people who are paralyzed prayed to God to heal them and fortunately for them he responded by providing them the opportunity to have their spines' healed by doctors using stem cells. It reminds me of a little story I heard in church when I was young:
    A man was at his home during a torrential rain storm and the area started to flood, a neighbor drove by in a truck and said "the area is flooding come with me and we can get out of here" to which the man replied "no I will stay here and pray to God to save me." Later when the water was up to the 2nd story another person came by in a boat and tried to help the man but once again he was turned away as the man would wait for God's help. Finally standing on his roof as the water continued to rise a helicopter came and offered to save him before it was too late but he again refused and continued to pray to God. Finally with the water up to his neck the man exclaims to God "Why didn't you save me? Didn't you hear my prayers?" God replies "I heard your prayers and I sent a truck, a boat, and a helicopter to save you, why didn't you accept my help." The point of course being that God does not have to work through some fantastic miracle, he can be subtle and do his work through his people including doctors and scientists. People must be willing to accept his help even if it is not presented in the way they hope or expect.
    To say that you would refuse such a medical treatment that would help your own children is foolish and your mischaracterization of this issue as the killing of babies to help heal people is insulting to the intelligence of anyone who read the article and knows the cells came from discarded embryos. Religion has worked to hold science back for generations like when Copernicus dared to claim that our planet is not the stationary center of the universe, however luckily science has continued to push forward furthering our understanding of the universe and bettering the lives of humans worldwide. Hopefully this revolutionary medical technology will be able to move forward despite opposition from religious zealots who want to hold us back.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Doug Hodges

    If God DIDN"T want us to figure this stuff out....he wouldn't of given us Brains with the capacity to do so

    October 11, 2010 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Marshall


    To All Replying to @S.F. – You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think..Now that's funny.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Just another human

    To S.F. and others like him/her: The God you believe in said that we human have the choices. Some of us chose to use the new science to save lives and cure diseases, others like you chose not to. Fine, it's all good. You can choose to teach your own children not to use it when they ever need to, but when they grew up and can choose for themselves, and if you deny their own choices, you disobey your God. You said something about people who support this science are going to be judged on Judgment Day, so are you. You are not God but speak in her voice to judge others, who's going to hell then? You are not God so let people choose; even God allows choices.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Orrin

    S.F. Keep up the good fight and forgive all the idiotic comments being posted against you for they don't understand, but one day they will be shown the errors of their ways hopefully before their life on this earth ends. God bless you.

    October 11, 2010 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • veritas 2

      go suck..... on something, you dark ages tripper

      October 11, 2010 at 18:16 | Report abuse |
    • KYW

      Don't you understand? Idiotic Christians like S.F. are expediting the already-rapid decline of Christinity. These comments make Christians look stupid and drive people away from Christianity and salvation. In short, these are among the Antichrists referenced in the Bible.

      October 12, 2010 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
  50. mary

    Would you give birth to a child to be immediately harvested for organs to keep another child alive?
    For many of us , creating an embryo, to destroy it to use to give another back their health..Is as barbaric as taking a new born to use for organs..
    2 cells or fully formed.. This is a human life.. One that is only in the beginning of it's development.. One that didn't get the benefit of allowing to divide into a fully formed human.. Non viable, doesn't take away from the fact it is a human life for many of us out here..

    October 11, 2010 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tim

      Untill you put it through college its just a piece of meat.

      October 11, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
    • INFO

      Would you give birth to a child to be immediately harvested for organs to keep another child alive?
      For many of us , creating an embryo, to destroy it to use to give another back their health..Is as barbaric as taking a new born to use for organs..
      2 cells or fully formed.. This is a human life.. One that is only in the beginning of it's development.. One that didn't get the benefit of allowing to divide into a fully formed human.. Non viable, doesn't take away from the fact it is a human life for many of us out here..

      So... first of all no one is having babies so they can be harvested. The stem cells used are taken from an invitro clinic which is where a coupld goes when they have problems conceiving a child. Therefore, these cells CANNOT become a fetus unless they are implanted into the uterus of a woman.Also, most couples never use all of their fertilized eggs so they stay frozen or are thrown away, so the fetus never develops either way. So, why not use these cells that will never become anything to benefit people who have no control over a genetic disease or an injury? Secondly, if you carry a pregnancy to term and have the baby, you CANNOT harvest stem cells from the newborn. That being said, your whole idea over being barbaric is a bit farfetched seeing as how newborns are not being killed for their cells.

      October 17, 2010 at 18:39 | Report abuse |
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