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Bioethicist: Lots of 'hype' in embryonic stem cell research
WASHINGTON (BP)--The demand for more human embryos and money to underwrite research on them is spreading the false impression the United States is falling behind in stem cell research, a leading pro-life bioethicist says.
"In fact, the U.S. leads the world, not just on embryonic stem cell, but on all stem cell, studies," said David Prentice, senior fellow for life sciences at the Family Research Council (FRC) and one of the United States' experts in the fields of cloning, stem cell research and bioethics.Prentice tried to clear up the misinformation on cloning, embryonic stem cell and adult stem cell research at a FRC policy lecture titled "The Audacity of Hype: Embryonic Stem Cells Wasting Taxpayer Lives and Wasting Taxpayer Dollars."
"Unfortunately, what you tend to get, certainly in the mass media, is the hype. And you don't tend to get the actual facts [of stem cell research]," Prentice said.
President Obama has said he plans to overturn the Bush administration's policy, which prohibits federal funding for stem cell research that results in the destruction of human embryos. The extraction of stem cells from an embryo in such research destroys the days-old human being.
The anticipated order from Obama would permit experimentation using human embryos now in storage. The U.S. has an estimated 400,000 frozen embryos, but only 2.8 percent are available for research, according to a 2003 report by RAND Corp., a research group dedicated to providing experimental data and analysis.
A Jan. 23 news story that Geron Corp. had become the first organization to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct human clinical trials using embryonic stem cells actually shows federal funding for new human embryonic stem cell lines is unnecessary, Prentice said. Geron's research ... Read More
Johnny Hunt announces SBC theme; registration opens for LouisvilleLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Registration for messengers and local hotels is open for the June 23-24 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Read More
EDUCATION BRIEFS: NOBTS, city partner to fight crime; news from the 6 SBC seminariesNEW ORLEANS (BP)--Leon Cannizzaro Jr., district attorney for Orleans Parish, noted the power of prayer during his first community outreach prayer breakfast, held at New Orleans Seminary. Read More
'FLAME' proclaims Gospel via rapLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--What do English Puritan John Owen, pastor John Piper and theologian Wayne Grudem have in common with rap music?
This trio of theological heavyweights inspired Marcus Williams Gray to write and record a Grammy-nominated album of hip-hop tunes that communicate Gospel truths. Read More
'Reclaimed Praise' offers worship resources
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Many recording artists release albums with a single goal in mind: to sell CDs. But for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary student Andrew Pressley and his fellow musicians, the release of "Reclaimed Praise Project" is more spiritually inspired.
Pressley points specifically to the Apostle Paul's encouraging words to the churches at Ephesus and Colosse.
"Paul encourages us to sing 'psalms, hymns and spiritual songs,'" said Pressley, a Greenville, S.C., native, quot... Read More