First, there is, of course, the criminally stupid posturing of Blogging Tory Dr. Roy Eappen:
This is an interesting article about Dr James A. Thomson. I have spoken to scientists on these matters before and all of them have been uneasy about using embryos for stem cells. They have said that they wanted to help the sick. While healing the sick is an admirable goal, one has to think of the moral cost as well.
I am glad these matters troubled Dr Thomson and he has found another way to do this amazing work. You can read his paper in Science here. These two groups who have found two slightly different ways of using adult stem cells offer an exciting way to fight a number of diseases. With these techniques we no longer have to destroy life to help other lives. We should all be very pleased and excited.
And then, there are the people who aren't idiots:
As Science Progress noted, the skin cell research could not have been accomplished without the knowledge from prior embryonic stem cell research.
Furthermore, Thomson and Leshner emphasized that it “remains to be seen whether reprogrammed skin cells will differ in significant ways from embryonic stem cells…it’s too early to say we’re certain.”
Do Dr. Roy's patients know he's this much of an imbecile? Is there a way to warn them?
P.S. Read the tail-wagging smackdown here.