John Winston Clark
Stability With Knowledge


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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month


April 23th, 2018

Good morning hope you enjoyed your weekend and are having a happy Monday so far! It was great seeing all the support and comments posted by those who watched the KRON4 News broadcast.

Variations on Stem Cell Research

In the past several years, there have been several studies that have claimed to end the debate on stem cell research. In an effort to appease both proponents and opponents of human embryonic stem cell research, scientists have developed ways to create cells that appear embryonic, yet they claim, are not. 

The excitement over stem cell research is unprecedented, and this creates fertile ground for exaggeration. Researchers, patient advocates, and politicians promise stem cell remedies for nearly every major health problem in the United States. And the promises come from both supporters and opponents of embryonic stem cell research. Supporters stress the advances possible through embryonic stem cells, while opponents emphasize potential therapeutic benefits from adult stem cells and other alternative sources.

Ethical considerations sometimes justify setting limits on scientific innovation. For example, there is nearly universal agreement that people should not be forced to participate in research, even though a coercive research policy could generate extremely valuable knowledge. Some people believe there should also be severe limits on research involving early human embryos, while others disagree. These are not disputes that science can settle. They are instead value conflicts to be expected in a pluralistic society like ours. In struggling with these conflicts, we should maintain respect for those holding differing views, and we should look for policies that are consistent with as many of those views as possible.

Advocates often portray stem cell research as presenting a choice between ending human life and saving human life. But the choices are much more complicated than that. Many ethical considerations are relevant to policy choices about stem cell research, but they often go unmentioned. Instead, the sound bite approach to stem cell research has produced a shrill and divisive policy climate. Fewer sound bites and an expanded ethical conversation could produce more defensible policy decisions about stem cell research.

Please don't forget to donate today so I may receive much needed medication and stem cell treatments to keep living in this life and so I may hopefully help prove the research the next Parkinson's patients will need as well visit;

Thank you and God Bless!