February 13, 2007

I Wish I'd Written That!

Today's Pioneer Press (St. Paul) has the following letter to the editor:

If embryonic stem-cell research were truly promising, its progress would not depend on the government. Perhaps the lack of interest from industry and venture capitalists is because it is not as promising as claimed.

The media hypes embryonic stem-cell research as if it is guaranteed to cure disease if the government increases funding; this only gives unfounded hopes to suffering people. There have been no clinical trials with embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells have been used successfully for treating more than 70 diseases (stemcellresearch.org) and are currently being used in 1,100 FDA-approved trials.

As a scientist, I feel strongly that money and attention should be diverted to work with adult stem cells rather than research fraught with ethical concerns that has no outlook for implementation. How will future generations regard us for ignoring life-saving scientific data to make a political statement about defining human life?

--Adrienne E. O'Connor, Minnetrista
The writer is a chemical engineer.

Deep curtsy to this learned lady. I assure you, this is not one of my many aliases. I did not write this excellent letter. I wish I had.


Blogger Ray from MN said...

Great find, Cathy.

Wouldn't it be great if she were a blogger?

February 13, 2007 3:54 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...



She does seem to have credentials (and an email address):

List of Papers
EA1 Structuring during hot-melt processing of block-copolymer–based pressure-sensitive adhesives
Adrienne E. O'Connor and Christopher W. Macosko
Speaker: Adrienne E. O'Connor, University of Minnesota
Tuesday 1:30 Lady Davis/Sampson / Track 1

February 13, 2007 3:58 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Hey Scoop: Good job!

February 13, 2007 6:27 PM  

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