Saturday, July 15, 2006
Filed Under Liar
Unlike the abortion debate, where I understand the Right’s reasoning but disagree with it, I really don’t get the objection to embryonic stem cell research. Still, it’s interesting to see that the extremist groups have no problem to gain support from their followers.

The letter to the journal focused on David A. Prentice, a scientist with the conservative Family Research Council. Prentice has been an adviser to Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) -- a leader in the charge to maintain tight restrictions on the research -- and an "expert source" often cited by opponents of embryonic stem cell research.

Prentice has repeatedly claimed that adult stem cells, which can be retrieved harmlessly from adults, have at least as much medical potential as embryonic cells. He often carries a binder filled with references to scientific papers that he says prove the value of adult stem cells as treatments for at least 65 diseases.

In the letter to Science, however, three researchers went through Prentice's footnoted documentation and concluded that most of his examples are wrong.

Even if you completely disagree with embryonic stem cell research, you should still disagree with people lying to you. After all, I’ve heard rumors that God isn’t too happy about liars, either.

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