Printer Friendly
The Free Library
22,728,043 articles and books

Biomedical Research Scientists Endorse Specter/Feinstein/Hatch/Kennedy Cloning Compromise.



WASHINGTON -- In a letter sent to Senator Arlen Specter on Friday, twenty-seven leading biomedical research Biomedical research (or experimental medicine), in general simply known as medical research, is the basic research or applied research conducted to aid the body of knowledge in the field of medicine.  scientists announced their strong support for S. 2439, the Human Cloning Although genes are recognized as influencing behavior and cognition, "genetically identical" does not mean altogether identical; identical twins, despite being natural human clones with near identical DNA, are separate people, with separate experiences and not altogether  Prohibition Act of 2002 introduced by Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Dianne Feinstein Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born June 22, 1933) is the senior U.S. Senator from California, having held office as a senator since 1992. She is a member of the Democratic Party.  (D-CA), Orrin Hatch Orrin Grant Hatch (born March 22, 1934) is a Republican United States Senator from Utah, serving since 1977.

Hatch is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he serves on the subcommittees on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure and Taxation and IRS
 (R-UT), and Edward Kennedy (D-MA). The scientists, who represent a wide variety of disciplines and academic institutions located throughout the United States, are board representatives of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB FASEB Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology ).

The scientists expressed their support for a ban on human reproductive cloning Noun 1. human reproductive cloning - the reproductive cloning of a sentient human being; generally considered ethically unacceptable
reproductive cloning - making a full living copy of an organism; requires a surrogate mother
, but reaffirmed their support for research using nuclear transplantation to produce stem cells, a procedure sometimes referred to as "therapeutic cloning therapeutic cloning
n.
A procedure in which damaged tissues or organs are repaired or replaced with genetically identical cells that originate from undifferentiated stem cells.
." In the letter, the scientists discussed the benefits of nuclear transplantation research over other human embryonic stem cell Embryonic stem cells (ES cells) are stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of an early stage embryo known as a blastocyst. Human embryos reach the blastocyst stage 4-5 days post fertilization, at which time they consist of 50-150 cells.

ES cells are pluripotent.
 research.

The undersigned un·der·signed  
adj.
1. Having signatures or a signature at the bottom or end. Used of documents.

2. Signed or having signed at the bottom or end of a document:
 sent the following letter, dated May 7, to The Honorable Arlen Specter:

As board members of 21 scientific societies represented by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), we are writing to thank you for introducing S. 2439, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2002.

We strongly support your efforts to ban human reproductive cloning and to permit research involving nuclear transplantation to produce stem cells, under appropriate ethical guidelines.

We believe that human embryonic stem cell research offers significant therapeutic promise for treating a host of diseases and debilitating de·bil·i·tat·ing
adj.
Causing a loss of strength or energy.


Debilitating
Weakening, or reducing the strength of.

Mentioned in: Stress Reduction
 disorders afflicting millions of Americans. While we are grateful to the President for his decision last year to allow research on a qualified number of human embryonic stem cell lines, the usefulness of these cell lines is limited by a number of factors that can be addressed through nuclear transplantation. First, nuclear transplantation research will enable the production of embryonic stem cell lines that more fully represent the genetic diversity of the U.S. population. Second, nuclear transplantation will enable scientists to identify and understand the interplay of heritable her·i·ta·ble
adj.
1. Capable of being passed from one generation to the next; hereditary.

2. Capable of inheriting or taking by inheritance.
 genetic factors that gives rise to diseases such as diabetes or Alzheimer's. Third, in the field of cancer research, nuclear transplantation will enable scientists to examine a variety of mutations that produced certain cancer cells. Finally, nuclear transplantation research raises the hope that, in the future, patients will receive therapies that are individually developed for them -- dramatically reducing the risk of immune rejection.

For more than a half-century, America's best scientists have produced spectacular medical advances. The exciting new field of regenerative medicine now offers substantial potential for greater breakthroughs. S. 2439 would assure that this vital research is conducted under appropriate ethical guidelines -- and that Americans have early access to its therapeutic benefits.

Once again, on behalf of FASEB's 60,000 member scientists, we thank you for advancing biomedical research and strongly endorse S. 2439.
  Robert R. Rich, MD
   President, FASEB
   American Association of Immunologists
   Emory University School of Medicine
   Atlanta, GA
  Leo Furcht, MD
   American Association of Investigative Pathology
   University of Minnesota Medical School
   Minneapolis, MN
  Marlene Cohen, PhD
   American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
   Lilly Research Laboratories
   Indianapolis, IN
  Richard G. Lynch, MD
   American Society for Investigative Pathology
   University of Iowa College of Medicine
   Iowa City, IA
  Barbara A. Horwitz, MD
   The American Physiological Society
   University of California - Davis
   Davis, CA
  Janet Hall, MD
   The Endocrine Society
   Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
   Boston, MA
  Gerald F. DiBona, MD
   American Physiological Society
   University of Iowa College of Medicine
   Iowa City, IA
  Michael Conn, PhD
   The Endocrine Society
   Oregon Health and Science University
   Portland, OR
  Karen L. Bennett
   Society for Developmental Biology
   University of Missouri
   Columbia, MO
  Richard Marchase, PhD
   American Association of Anatomists
   University of Alabama - Birmingham
   Birmingham, AL
  Robert D. Wells, PhD
   American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
   Texas A&M University
   Houston, TX
  Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD
   FASEB Past President
   American Association of Anatomists
   The University of Iowa
   Iowa City, IA
  Alfred H. Merrill, PhD
   American Society for Nutritional Sciences
   Georgia Institute of Technology
   Atlanta, GA
  James C. Rose, PhD
   Society for Gynecologic Investigation
   Wake Forest University
   Winston Salem, NC
  Roger A. Sunde, PhD
   American Society for Nutritional Sciences
   University of Missouri
   Columbia, MO
  Jerry Mitchell, MD, PhD
   American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
   Baylor College of Medicine
   Houston, TX
  C. Robert Matthews, PhD
   The Protein Society
   University of Massachusetts Medical School
   Worcester, MA
  Garry Cutting, MD
   The American Society for Human Genetics
   Johns Hopkins University
   Baltimore, MD
  John A. Smith, MD, PhD
   American Peptide Society
   University of Alabama, Birmingham
   Birmingham, AL
  David Valle, MD
   American Society for Human Genetics
   Johns Hopkins University
   Baltimore, MD
  David G. Kaufman, MD, PhD
   FASEB Past-President
   University of North Carolina
   Chapel Hill, NC
  Robert D. Koos, PhD
   Society for the Study of Reproduction
   University of Maryland
   Baltimore, MD
  Michael A. Levine, MD
   American Society for Bone & Mineral Research
   Johns Hopkins University
   Baltimore, MD
  John M. DeSesso, PhD
   Teratology Society
   Mitretek Systems
   Falls Church, VA
  Paul W. Kincade, PhD
   The American Association of Immunologists
   Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
   Oklahoma City, OK
  Steven Teitelbaum, MD
   FASEB President-Elect
   American Society for Bone & Mineral Research
   Washington University School of Medicine
   St. Louis, MO
  Bettie Sue Masters, PhD
   American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
   University of Texas Health Science Center
   San Antonio, TX


MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X68564602

Contact: Pat White of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, +1-202-543-1155

Website: http://www.faseb.org/
COPYRIGHT 2002 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2002 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 Reader Opinion

Title:

Comment:



 

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:May 13, 2002
Words:883
Previous Article:FRC Reports Huge Pro-Family, Pro-Life Victory at UN Child Summit; Meanwhile, a Serious Setback on Capitol Hill Has Pro-Lifers Fuming.
Next Article:AMA: America's Seniors Shouldn't Pay for the Government's Mistakes; New Legal Analysis Makes Compelling Case for the Administration To Work with...



Related Articles
Sen. Daschle delays debate on cloning bill until June; Republicans Hatch, Ford support allowing therapeutic cloning.
Former President Gerald Ford Calls on Congress to Support 'Curing, Not Cloning'.
BIO Statement: Anti-Cloning Bill Deserves Support.
US Congress resumes fight over total vs. partial cloning ban.
Hats off to Hatch.
Legislation allowing embryonic stem cell research, banning reproductive cloning reintroduced in Senate.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters