Richard Dawkins & Kevin Fong & BBC Horizon TV - Anthony Mathur - Mark Udall - Doris A Taylor - Sam Harris - Stephen Hawking TV - Patti Davis - Jim Ranstad - George W Bush - Storyville: Fatal Experments: Downfall of a Supersurgeon TV -
41,247. The religious objection to stem-cell research is that it involves abortion, and the objection to that is that every human being is a unique soul. This is ridiculous. (Abortion & Stem-Cell Research) Professor Richard Dawkins, interview Horizon: The President’s Guide to Science 2008
75,707. We are going to have to build an entirely new paradigm ... That new hope is stem-cells. (Heart & Stem-Cells) Dr Kevin Fong, Horizon: How to Mend a Broken Heart 2011
75,708. It’s difficult to know precisely how the stem-cells worked. (Heart & Stem-Cells) ibid.
75,709. It’s when the stem-cells are placed on the ghost heart that the potential for regeneration can be realised. (Heart & Stem-Cells) ibid.
75,710. Much to our surprise we’ve seen some quite dramatic improvements in how people feel ... But interestingly with very little change in the pumping action of the heart. (Heart & Stem-Cells) Professor Anthony Mathur, Barts & London stem cell trials
66,458. Stem cells have the potential to be used to treat and better understand some of the world’s most deadly and disabling diseases. (Cell & Disease & Stem Cell) Mark Udall
75,711. We’ve basically developed a way that lets us take a heart from a cadaver, drain all the cells, use the underlying scaffold, transplant your own cells back in, and re-build the beating heart. It’s amazing. (Heart & Stem-Cells) Professor Doris A Taylor, University of Minnesota
75,711. The world of transplant may change as a result. (Heart & Stem-Cells & Transplant) Professor Doris A Taylor
89,775. Enter embryonic stem-cell research. Suddenly, this ‘life begins at the moment of conception’ business becomes the chief impediment to medical progress. Who would have thought that such an innocuous idea could unnecessarily prolong the agony of tens of millions of people? This is the problem with dogmatism, no matter how seemingly benign: it is unresponsive to reality. Dogmatism is a failure of cognition (as well as a commitment to such failure); it is the state of being closed to new evidence and new arguments. And this frame of mind is rightly despised in every area of culture, on every subject, except where it goes by the name of ‘religious faith’. In this guise, parading its most grotesque faults as virtues, it is granted a special dispensation, even in the pages of Nature. (Stem-Cell & Dogma) Sam Harris
89,776. A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. The human embryos that are destroyed in stem-cell research do not have brains, or even neurons. Consequently, there is no reason to believe they can suffer their destruction in any way at all. It is worth remembered, in this context, that when a person's brain has died, we currently deem it acceptable to harvest his organs (provided he has donated them for this purpose) and bury him in the ground. If it is acceptable to treat a person whose brain has died as something less than a human being, it should be acceptable to treat a blastocyst as such. If you are concerned about suffering in this universe, killing a fly should present you with greater moral difficulties than killing a human blastocyst. (Stem-Cell & Research) Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
89,777. There is another universe which fascinates me: the one fitting inside our bodies. Our own personal galaxies of cells. Today, we are on the new brink of a new age in medicine. (Stem-Cells & Cells) Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking, Discovery 2014
89,778. Are stem-cells magic bullets or ticking time bombs? (Stem- Cells & Cells) ibid.
66,454. Stem-cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson's and motor-neurone disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway. (Cell & Genetics & DNA & Stem-Cell) Stephen Hawking
89,779. Laura Bush went on national television during the week of my father’s funeral and spoke out against embryonic stem-cell research, pointing out that where Alzheimer’s is concerned, we don't have proof that stem-cell treatment would be effective. (Stem-Cell & Alzheimer & Bush) Patti Davis
89,780. Embryonic stem-cell research will prolong life, improve life and give hope for life to millions of people. Jim Ramstad
89,781. Embryonic stem-cell research is at the leading edge of a series of moral hazards. (Stem-Cell & Bush) George W Bush
89,782. I strongly oppose cloning, as do most Americans. We recoil at the idea of growing human beings for spare body parts or creating life for our convenience. And while we must devote enormous energy to conquering disease, it is equally important that we pay attention to the moral concerns raised by the new frontier of human embryo stem- cell research. Even the most noble ends do not justify any means. (Stem-Cell & Bush) George W Bush
99,242. ‘An experienced surgeon knows when to cut or not cut.’ (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) Storyville: Fatal Emperiments: Downfall of a Supersurgeon I, BBC 2016
99,243. This is Paolo Macchiarini, one of the world’s best surgeons in one of his most difficult moments. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,244. One of Medicine’s greatest challenges: the lack of spare parts when something goes wrong inside our bodies … attempting to create the first windpipe out of plastic … Everything ended the same way: in death. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,245. Is he a genius or is he a fraud? (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,246. End of 2014: Accused of falsifying research results and of gross misconduct. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,247. ‘They made misuse of the hype around stem cells to introduce something completely impossible.’ (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid. expert
99,458. Star surgeon Paolo Macchiarini was the first in the world to surgically impant a plastic trachea in a human being. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) Storyville: Fatal Experiments: Downfall of a Supersurgeon II
99,459. Macchiarini started to discover faults with his tracheas. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,460. She didn’t seem to understand the risks she would undertake. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,461. It was far worse than the doctors imagined. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,462. Machiarrini’s operations had been stopped in Sweden. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,463. The doctors got more and more frustrated at their superior’s lack of reaction … They documented all the faults they could find. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.
99,464. Plastic tracheas were not working as they should. When patient after patient died doctors began to wonder what was going on. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) Storyville: Fatal Experiments: Downfall of a Supersurgeon III
99,465. Falsifying scientific reports and risking patients’ lives. (Surgery & Experiment & Stem Cells & Transplant) ibid.