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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 (687 Responses)
  1. DM

    For you people saying, "when God does this, or God does that, or God leaves so and so in a hospital bed", it's ignorance. You obviously get it, or don't believe in God. God doesn't leave people to die in that way. You always have to have some reason to bash God don't you?

    October 12, 2010 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. DM

    You people seriously need to stop bashing God!!!! I'm really sick of it. God does exist!!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Matty Jones

    God....No God. The bottom line is that we are able to save lives, and improve the quality of life for people who are confined to their bodies like a prison. If you do not dream that we can heal the sick with more than just prayer and hopeful thought, you are truly a misanthrope. If life is as precious as you seem to make it sound, then get behind this. And if you truly believe that every cell is precious then pine for your precious skin cells, and choke your rosary everytime a woman menstrates.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. DM

    You people that call Jesus a fairytale, or say that God doesn't care, it's so obvious that you have no knowledge or don't want to. Go ahead and bash him, because you will be held accountable to him in the end. God will NOT be mocked!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Wes

    As someone who has a severe spinal cord injury, a shattered pelvis, damaged liver, deficient bladder, colostomy, and a hole in my heart that allows embolisms to develop into strokes, my complete support for stem cell research and implantation is undeniable. It would have been a better use of our treasure and talent to pursue this technology than wasting good lives on a couple of bad wars. With over 6 billion people clogging the planet we can spare a few embryos for research. If anyone could sit in this wheelchair for over fifteen years with the pain and trauma that I endure, they would do nearly anything, ANYTHING, to walk again: or even use the toilet. Having a baby is far from a miracle, it is the result of sex and good prenatal care. I am a former research scientist and now fully disabled facing an end to life that I welcome. I do not care for other's cynicism as they have not endured such a nightmarish existence. I have made considerable technical contributions to our society in terms of healthcare engineering and architectural design, and I have given a career in the defense of our nation. Spinal cord injury is so terrible I would trade it with any other ailment or disease. It cannot be explained well enough for others to understand the depths of these injuries. The ignorance displayed by others is manifest in non-virtuous minds. As for god, that is something that people generally just want something from. It is just printed on a dollar.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Randall

    I don't like how cheap human embryos are continuing to become.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Julester

    so I suppose its better if the Doctors just throw those aborted babies out into the dumpster, right? Won't you just consider for a moment how it would be if each couple or person who CHOOSES to (sin, kill, whatever...) terminate a pregnancy could bear thier OWN cross (if you will) and deal with thier decisions individually - while science does its part to RECYCLE and make amazing and HELPFUL use from people's unwanted trash (mistakes) to save other people's lives ???

    October 12, 2010 at 10:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. drackore

    Being a Christian and a Republican I am VERY glad to see this moving forward. I hope it works or at the very least gives them the data they need to improve it and make it a standard in medical progress. I honestly don't agree with the people that use any religious faith to stunt science. God gave us the ability to acquire this knowledge. Let's use it and improve our quality of life and that of others. The longer we live...the more we can do God's work, right? 🙂

    October 12, 2010 at 10:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Randall

      You can't do God's work to the dead children that you consumed to regenerate your flesh

      October 12, 2010 at 10:31 | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      @ Randall

      Then why did "God" give us the ability to do this?

      October 12, 2010 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • Randall

      God puts a lot of value in faith, according to the bible. If an invisible wall blocked your vaj whenever you tried to get an abortion, God's existence would be too obvious. Or perhaps its some other reason. Your question is irrelevant anyways, since its obvious we have free will in all circumstances. God lets you kill people and steal stuff too, but that doesn't mean he wants you to do it.

      October 12, 2010 at 11:31 | Report abuse |
  9. sonny trinh

    Finally, it is about time. Eat your heart out the Pop and your religious fanatic people. Let doctors save some lives. You religious people have killed so many human being on earth for instant you tell people not to use condoms etct.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Number 9

    I eat babies AFTER their born and go to church on Sundays, God hasnt smited me and I sometimes see Jesus in my pancakes, so religiously, I think its ok to use embriotic cells when they are just that, AN EMBRIO and not a baby to save a humans life through science and give them the ability to walk, run or pee on their own again.

    P.S. a baby a day keeps the doctor away. 1 Baby= 1 serving and takes care of about 95 of daily nutrition needs, add a slice off cake for desert to cover sugar intake and your good

    *serving sizes based on a 2000/day calorie diet and were totally mad up by me

    October 12, 2010 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. T5-T6 Para for 4 years now

    Can we talk about the fact that Stem Cells have already been implanted in dozens of people over seas and have worked for them. Check out what China has been doing with Stem Cells.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Temple East

    If a woman does not want her egg and signs it over to the lab then go for it. My son has Md and i hope this science helps him soon. For all you others that says all humans have rights even before birth is wrong. If it has not even been fertilized then it is not human just cells . If a woman chooses to have an abortion than it is her choice and not yours. What are we doing with all those babies given up for adoption here in the u.s. 90% of them go in to foster care and most of them do not get adopted and they age out of the system and are worse for it. Give us a break a womans choice is hers and she is the one that has to live with it not anyone eles. I want this science to work. Spinal Mucular dystrophy is a painful and crippling diease that no one wants there child to have so leave the science alone and let it happen . God is something for people to choose and if we choose not to belive in something that you can't see, can't touch, can't talk to and he says some stupid crap in there that book was written by men and it sounds to much like a fairy tale . I am tired of the souths bull@#$#. This place is covered with churches and if your not a beliver you better fake it so they will leave you alone. The southerns are so stupid they would belive you if you told them that satin is a woman. This world is crazy.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jayhawk84

    One of the arguments against stem cell research / therapy is the risk of human cloning. To help squash that issue, why doesn't a candidate / current elected official propose a Constitutional amendment banning all forms of cloning? Then, a law that described in detail what is not permitted and the penalty for violating the law could be written. I know this doesn't address the abortion or the embryo destruction issue but its a start.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. julia

    I just want to say good luck to the patients who are going to be in this trial. I studied stem cell research in 8th grade and can't wait to see what new scientific advances will be made with them. I have a degenerative retina genetic disorder calle retinitus pigmetosa and hope that one day using stem cells (embryonic or adult) will one day be something that can be used to cure many degenerative diseases. Good luck and god bless to those patients who will be the first. And keep going scientists who are making advances in this field, you're doing a great job and we appriciate everything that you're doing.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. T5-T6 Para for 4 years now

    It's not that this is a miracle cure. In America they are testing the safety of the cell injection. But in unrestricted countries like China they didnt care about safety and just did it anyway. I have seen a bunch of cases, watch videos of the progress and talked first hand to some of the patients who recieved injections. NO, its not an injection that fixes everything right then and there. You have to be dedicated to Physical Therapy. Nobody has yet to be "fully recovered" however they haave had sensation and some mobility brought back into their lives. Read up on the information you're trying to discuss.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. CELL_Happy

    One small step for man...

    I love people who think their God is telling them this is evil and bad. Just like when it was bad to say the world wasn't flat.

    Little do these people realize, we are going to be able to fix anything, enhance anything and keep whatever we want alive for as long as we want, eventually.

    The DNA structure, although complicated, is becoming less so at an exponential rate. Soon computers be able to read a DNA strand and give you a perfect computer model of what it will end up producing. Then, we will be able to swap out, add, adjust, or even create different blocks of coding. After all, it's only a complicated program that will be hacked.

    It might even happen this generation. What will the religious folks think then? Once you realize that religion is simply man's interpretation of the unknown, the less unknown we have, the less we have a need for such constructs. It's a good thing because dealing with the irrefutable is a difficult and frustrating thing. Even the dumbest guy in the room can not be successfully refuted.

    If he says there was an Ark that held all the species of the world when a great flood came, then how can you really disprove him? Since his God can create anything, nothing is impossible, even if that Ark would need to be more than three times bigger than an aircraft carrier and only the most advanced materials known to man would even have a chance of pulling that off. When you talk about how much food and fresh water would be needed. Well, logic just goes out the window.

    Stem cells are just the start of a new age of discovery. We have nanotechnology just poking its head out. That group of technologies will touch all aspects of our lives. Not all positive, I imagine.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. dawn

    Okay, maybe someone could help me out here: Are these babies already dead? I mean, could they be unfrozen and put in a woman and continue to grow, or were they already dead before the stem cell question for them even came up? I know once they begin using them for stem cells, then they are no longer "alive", but I was just wondering if they were already dead to begin with. They have to keep left over kids on ice, but is that what kils them?

    October 12, 2010 at 11:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. anon

    I keep hearing that it just involves a mass of cells that didn't "take" during Ivf. So these women go to the bathroom soon after the procedure, see the clumps of cells the size of a pinhead and scoop them up for a trip to the fertility dr.?? If they put them in the woman and they don't "take" how do the dr.s find them since they are so small? I'm just confused on how this works, and I haven't gotten too much in the way of this information when I google it.

    I think the best way to end the controversy, is if we could be shown a documentary where they show ACTUAL tubes with these cells, and be able to watch exactly what they do with it from start to finish. I think if we could see the inside of the tubes and see that no baby, or (baby looking creature) are actually in the tubes, then it could go a long way towards this being accepted. I feel the same with the abortion issue. Make it more public. Show it from start to finish on the news ALL THE TIME. Then folks would know that no baby is involved, would see the light, and realize that it never really was a big deal.

    Just SHOW these things. Over and over.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lsKIWI

      I think some of the confusion is in the misinformation you have received. These ES cells are derived from an 8 cell embryo generated in the laboratory as part of an IVF procedure. Earlier, eggs will have been harvested from the woman – the number and quality will depend on a number of factors, but the woman would've been treated with drugs so that her ovary released more eggs than usual (which is about 1-2 per cycle). These are then exposed to a sperm cell (often, an IVF technician will actually inject a single sperm cell into an egg using a very fine needle and a microscope to see what's going on). The fertilised eggs are then incubated in a Petrie dish with all sorts of nutrients to enable them to divide. A day or two later, IVF technicians will evaluate how many have been fertilised and subsequently divided, and "look" good. Several of the best will then be transplanted back into the woman. Often, more than one is inserted to increase the odds that the ball of eight cells will eventually implant (this process naturally takes up to five days after conception to occur, as the fertilised egg needs to continue to travel down the Fallopian tubes, enter the cervix, and start to implant. Because more than one fertilized egg is transplanted back, you may often get twins from an IVF procedure, or, if you have a physician like OctoMom had, and transplanted back 6-8 eggs, you will have even more babies.

      Often, there are more 8-cell embryos in the dish than is needed for implanting. Some of these may have chromosome abnormalities (which occurs in natural fertilization also), and would not generate a viable embryo, fetus, or child, and so are literally thrown out. If the parents hope to have another child, the 8-cell embryos not used to start off with can be frozen, and transplanted back in the woman at a later date. But others will not be wanted, and parents often donate these small embryos for medical research. This is the starting material that scientists use to generate embryonic stem cells.

      Hope this has helped 🙂

      October 12, 2010 at 19:07 | Report abuse |
  19. Steve

    I would love to know what S.F. wrote! I've searched this thread for an hour and can't find it! If anyone can repost what this idiot said I would really appreciate it.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. John

    When are all of you people going to get it through your thick skulls that MAN WROTE THE BIBLE. God didn't write it. It did not fall out of the sky. We need to use our heads and accept the good lessons that can be found in the bible and reject those ideas that common sense tells us are evil and outdated.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Maximum Turbo Jason

    To all of the people who think this is "unchristian": If this works, I can guarantee if you ever need this type of treatment, or if any friends/relatives do, you will have a change of heart. And do not preach to me. I grew up in a strong Lutheran household with a Lutheran minister for a father, and I know my bible. I am not a christian myself any longer, and I can safely say that the ignorant and uninformed attitude that you belligerent folk take only alienates you and your "opinion". I feel for you and I hope you never need to change your opinion, but you should think about it.

    To all those that think this is unethical: just make sure you are fully and properly informed. I hate seeing opinions based on what your told and not what you know.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Brandon

    I find myself in a rather lonesome group. An athiest who is a little uncomfortable with embryonic stem cell research. To me it comes down to when you decide a "life" is created. My own working definition of life is that a unique organism, or "life", is created in the first instance of two independent strands of genetic information combining to form DNA, which is the case with embryonic stem cells. That unique combination results in defining an organism as it grows and interacts with its environment. So if a unique strand of DNA is my definition of life, it does seem like we are expending a life for our own benefit, although perhaps this is more of an argument against IVF as I also agree with many other posters that these cells will be destroyed anyway. I am curious if there are any individuals out there who have this same issue – i.e. uncomfortable with embryonic stem cell research for non-religious reasons? II am legitimately interested in how have you been able to rationalize the argument one way or the other to yourself. Thanks!

    October 12, 2010 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lsKIWI

      I personally believe that we all have a unique point of view, and that each person's is valid. Where I have the problem is in someone else telling me that their point of view is the correct point of view, that mine is not valid, or even that I will burn in hell for my decisions and choices. I can't say that I agree with you over this issue, but you are to be congratulated for being honest, particularly in light of some of the bullying comments made by others.

      October 12, 2010 at 19:10 | Report abuse |
  23. shawbrooke

    The patients will be on anti rejection drugs for the rest of their life. Why do this, when scientists could have injected similar cells that originated from the patient, so that anti rejection drugs would not be necessary?

    The scientists no doubt have something to prove, but the money should be spent on the therapy that benefits patients the most.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Believe Arc

    Religion:
    Based on a book written by man which is supposedly the word of God. A book that entails sacrificial murder, deceit, mistrust, rape, sodomy, racism, war, death, and incest. A God who until a couple thousand years ago was petty and ruthless... but has since been very very VERY quiet.

    Religious Fanatics: Cleave desperately to their interpretation of man's flawed interpretation of God's word. Are so terrified of their God that they live their lives in fear but are often 2 faced and seek forgiveness for their sins instead of controlling themselves (I.E.: an excuse to be bad) A group of people who are quick to damn others to hell as though they were God himself. (How insulting)

    Reality?: God gave humans the ability to make their own decisions. God gave humans the ability to grow and discover. How can you tell me it isn’t God’s will to further this kind of research? How do you know the insight into the extremely complicated device that is the human body, which was designed by God, was not a gift from God?

    You are too quick to think negatively and call it the work of Lucifer.

    You are too quick to pass judgment on others as though you were God.

    You are a blasphemer and a sinner. Now go confess your sins and ask forgiveness.

    October 12, 2010 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Derp

    The argument comes down to the question of when does the embryo obtain a "soul". This is generally termed "ensoulment". Some think ensoulment happens at fertilization (t = 0). Hence, destroying an embryo a t = 5 days for stem cells destroys a human soul. (For those who believe in that sort of thing) However, identical twins often do not emerge until t = 6 to 9 days. Since we all recognize identical twins as separate individuals each with their own soul, there is trouble with the notion of ensoulment at t = 0. This problem is the reason why many other religions push the "ensoulment" point out to a much later time in human development.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brandon

      An interesting point about twins although I don't think it invalidates the concept of a new "life" existing prior to the division of the embryo. While I don't like to use the term "soul" I do think up until the point of division, you still have a "life." At the risk of comparing humans to worms, take the common flatworm. A flatworm is born and grows into adulthood, and dies, and most people would say it had a "life." However, if that flatworm gets cut in half well into his or her retirement age you're going to get two living flatworms that grow and heal, and go on about each of their business seperately as two seperate organisms. I don't think you would say that the first flatworm, before division, never had a "life" or "soul" if you believe flatworms have a soul. Long story short, the twins argument doesn't prevent me from thinking a unique life exists at t=0.

      October 12, 2010 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
  26. Derp

    Wow, gotta type fast.. The argument comes down to the question of when does the embryo obtain a "soul". This is generally termed "ensoulment". Some think ensoulment happens at fertilization (t = 0). Hence, destroying an embryo a t = 5 days for stem cells destroys a human soul. (For those who believe in that sort of thing) However, identical twins often do not emerge until t = 6 to 9 days. Since we all recognize identical twins as separate individuals each with their own soul, there is trouble with the notion of ensoulment at t = 0. This problem is the reason why many other religions push the "ensoulment" point out to a much later time in human development.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Derp

    The problem comes down to beliefs about when various religions think humans get their "soul". Is it at t = 0, t = 10 days, t = 40 days, or birth.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Oblamea

    No religious fanatics seems to give a crap that I juist shot of 50,000,000 sperm that never turned into human beings. Hmmm... strange.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Chris

    I laugh at all you Americans who desperately want this technology to fail so you can proclaim that it's 'not the will of God'.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Travis

    Did I miss something about when they expect to have results? It's great they are doing it, but come on...let us know when we can expect to find out how plausible this thing is for curing issues.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Sinnical

    This is evil.....why are we toying with nature. Only bad things can come of this. People that are in need of such medical attention are that way for a reason. Maybe punishment from a last life or somthing they did in this life. We need to let nature take it's course...survival of the fittest. This only contributes to overpopulation.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Sinnical

    OVERPOPULATION folks – better off letting them die. We can't support our current population.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Micky M

    I really hope we can use this technology to thaw out Walt Disney and bring him back to life.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. believer

    People, who cares about SF, just thank God that this has finally happened and pray for an amazing outcome. this is one of those times when I wish I had a billion dollars, $999,999,999 would be donated to this research. Ignore the ignorants and applaud the scientists.

    October 12, 2010 at 13:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Idiocracy

    This is only an issue because these people take the Bible so literally. I think it is so sad. The Bible was never meant to be taken literally... that's just idiotic!! There is so much meaning in that book, but sadly most of you will never understand.

    October 12, 2010 at 13:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. believer

    As a christian, I have no problem with science and the Bible. I believe that God can and does heal through doctors every day. He gave us a brain to help us figure this all out. I think the real sin would be not taking advantage of what God has given us medically and scientificaly to find a cure. What is more silly, to believe in God or not believe in God. Just because we don't believe doses not mean he isn't there andy more than if we don't believe in Air that it isn't there.

    October 12, 2010 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. john smith

    Some of you religious fanatics need a life. Did it ever occur to you that your god or the god, or the super surpreme being is allowing this to happen to give those unfortunate a little hope?

    I truly hope the process is successful, because the repair of spinal injuries would save billions in medical cost.

    October 12, 2010 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. capnmike

    All this babble about "god" is just that....babble. THERE ISN'T ANY GOD. There are just us humans, some of whom are trying to find cures for what ails us, and others of whom are jabbering about non-existant fairytales and nonsense.

    October 12, 2010 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Aaa

      WELL SAID. But people are naive and easy to manipulate...

      October 12, 2010 at 13:46 | Report abuse |
  39. Oncloud9

    I hope you realize you do NOT have to retrieve stem cells from an aborted fetus. Is that what the catholic church told you? I bet it is....

    There are several processes to aquire stem cells from adults. One such process takes a mature cell back to it's original "Blank" state just waiting for instructions on what to do next...

    SF a little education will open your eyes and take you a long way... or maybe not.

    October 12, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Aaa

    Scientific discoveries can be seen as "God"s intervention.... why not thank Him and Science for the help to improve our life in this world???
    Without science, we wouldn't be here, but in a Dark Age.

    October 12, 2010 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Tevii

    I see many religious fanatics responding... like Evil, evil, evil, wicked wicked wicked.
    BUT What did S.F. say?

    October 12, 2010 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Evil, evil, evil wicked wicked wicked

    Over 500 comment and not even 1% supported in comment the dignity of the human person from conception(fertilization) to natural death. Of all the person commenting here, you be lucky if 5 person spoke truthfully embryonic stem cells is wrong. The last 2 communities operated under these odds was forever destroyed: Sodom and Gomorrah. There was not on this topic at least 10 good people on this thread condemning research on the embryonic cells. So sad!

    October 12, 2010 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Aaa

    I hope that industry and doctors will not push too ealier in their quest of becoming rich/famous, and tarnish the field for everybody, like we have seen in the past.

    October 12, 2010 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Louisiana Man

    To all of these crybabies and religious righteous, family valued, god fearing, evangelical, bible thumping stalwarts-

    I can guarantee if you or yours were plagued with a disease that was debilitating or life threatening and stem cells injection could relieve the above maladies-it would take you a second to totally void your venomous archaic, draconian-esq slant on the usage of stem cells.

    Lets all hope the medical and scientific industry will continue unimpeded with research and clinician trials and success will be in their grasp for the good of mankind.

    October 12, 2010 at 14:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Ignorance is not bliss

    You cannot argue with ignorance, stupidity or arcane beliefs and it is abundance within these posts.

    October 12, 2010 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Evil, evil, evil wicked wicked wicked

    ...the true trolls of society!

    October 12, 2010 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. harry from VT

    Maybe all you right wing anti abortion nut jobs should join Al Queda and the Taliban. It appears your views would be welcomed in Allah's house. It's in the Koran d-bag.

    October 12, 2010 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Choice

    I'm a Christian and I'm okay with stating that this doesn't fall in line with my religious beliefs. However, I did read a comment that I thougt was very fair. I don't want to push my faith onto someone else. We all have difficult choices to make throughout life... and this is one of those choices. If you believe this is wrong then don't be engaged in supporting it. If you do then it's your choice and I'm certain all of us have good reason for which choices we make. In the end, and as a Christian, God will make final judgements. I'm not going to pretend that I can speak or judge for God. I can only hope that I'm making the best choices.

    October 12, 2010 at 15:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. nygirl

    Glad they're getting in before the American Taliban takes over.

    October 12, 2010 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Ward

    Religion and politics, in the same place.
    Assholes and elbows in the same place..
    yet here you are wrong/right, yet you judge.
    Iam the biggest synic in America, but if this works I dont want to live forever,
    I just want to live normally, if Stem Cell Therapy works then sign me up.
    Then Ill wish that assholes with closed minds and debilitated IQ's could maybe benifit from this to.
    Thats Playing God.

    October 12, 2010 at 16:23 | Report abuse | Reply
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