Thursday, December 5, 2013

States which pushed to spend tax dollars on embryonic stem cells are now spending that money on ethical stem cells

About a decade ago, there was a large push from proponents of killing human embryos for research to have states fund embryonic stem cell research.  Various states passed legislation granting public funds for research into stem cell studies.  The Washington Times reports on research by one prolife organization shows that money originally intended for embryonic stem cell research is now being spent on more successful research involving adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.

“Money talks,” said Gene Tarne, author of papers for the Charlotte Lozier Institute that find that the bulk of stem cell funding grants in California and Maryland are moving toward “ethical” research that doesn’t use human embryos.

The shift looks like a sea change from when state funding strongly favored research from embryonic stem cells over “adult” stem cells, which are taken from the placenta, umbilical cord and some mature tissues and do not kill human embryos.