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Check Out The Stem Cells On Her

I think we now see why the Democrats were so insistent on stem cell research:

A STEM cell therapy offering “natural” breast enlargement is to be made available to British women for the first time.

The treatment could boost cup size while reducing stomach fat. It involves extracting stem cells from spare fat on the stomach or thighs and growing them in a woman’s breasts. An increase of one cup size is likely, with the potential for larger gains as the technique improves.

A trial has already started in Britain to use stem cells to repair the breasts of women who have had cancerous lumps removed. A separate project is understood to be the first in Britain to use the new technique on healthy women seeking breast enlargement.

Professor Kefah Mokbel, a consultant breast surgeon at the London Breast Institute at the Princess Grace hospital, who is in charge of the project, will treat 10 patients from May. He predicts private patients will be able to pay for the procedure within six months at a cost of about £6,500.

Now, I will grant that this is the British press, so it might not technically be true.  But it would be ironic if stem cell research—which, of course, was only held back by the evil religious nutbag George Bush—produced bigger breasts as its first scientific breakthrough.

As amusing as the story is, there’s a problematic undercurrent.  Put aside the moral question of stem cell research and concentrate on the politics.  Once Bush restricted stem cell research, the left responded by embracing it, insisting that it had to be funded because, as far as I could tell, Michael J. Fox said so.  They were not content to simply let scientific organizations decide whether stem cells were good or bad.  They insisted it had to be funded.  California devoted $3 billion to this specific endeavor.  Fox, and others, targeted politicians for election or unelection based on their stance on stem cells.

But you can’t force the universe to do your bidding.  Just because you want stem cell research to cure Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, doesn’t mean it will do so.

Now it’s still early.  It’s possible that stem cells will produce some incredible breakthrough on Alzheimer’s.  When Sal 11000 Beta was born, we preserved some of her cord blood just in case the stem cells within become useful one day.  But whether stem cells research continues should be based on the scientific merit, not a mindless reverse politicization of the Bush policy.

Politicizing science your way is still politicization.  As much credit as Obama is getting for much-ballyhooed speeches about funding and freeing science, he’s shown an ample ability to let politics affect science.  Shutting down Yucca Mountain, pouring even more money into ethanol and mandating alternative energy is not liberating science; it’s chaining it in a different direction.  And the results are likely to be even less satisfying than stem-cell boobs.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/28/09 at 06:48 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by on 04/28/09 at 10:06 PM from United States

It’s also interesting that this is happening in Britain.

Because as far as I know, Bush neither banned nor had the power to ban the rest of the world from doing stem cell research of every damn kind and funding it federally. (Which, again as far as I know, was all Bush kept from happening, federal funding.)

For all the Left criticizing “American arrogance” and “Amero-centrism” or whatever, the whole stem cell thing on their part certainly seems to have come from a viewpoint of “If the American government doesn’t do it and make it happen in America, it will NEVER be done!”

Posted by on 04/28/09 at 11:19 PM from United States

(Whichagain as far as I knowwas all Bush kept from happeningfederal funding.)

Bush was the first president to have any federal funding of fetal stem cell research.  He just limited to his “established lines” Amazing that the first person to fund something is the guy that “banned” it to so many people

Now, I will grant that this is the British press, so it might not technically be true.  But it would be ironic if stem cell research—which, of course, was only held back by the evil religious nutbag George Bush—produced bigger breasts as its first scientific breakthrough.

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There are several hundred therapies in trial or in use using stem cells.  They jsut don’t use fetal stem cells.  They mostly didn’t get federal funding because the private sector saw promise and invested.  Fetal stem cell research had no such promise, so the private sector did not invest.  For whatever reason, fetal stem cells got politcal support and thus the debate about wads of federal cash.

Posted by on 04/29/09 at 05:10 AM from United States

I was going to say the same thing that Hist_ed said, but alas, I was beat to it.  I’d just like to reiterate the point that the Bush “ban” would have had zero impact on this research, even if it was done in the state.

Posted by on 04/29/09 at 09:24 AM from United States

They produce similar results for men and I believe that the argument is over…

Posted by on 04/29/09 at 10:11 AM from United States

Like most libtard socialists, Obama doesn’t actually understand very much about science and technology and pretty much assume that, like Star Trek, you can just go out and make anything just because you need it.

The fact that there are limitations on things doesn’t even occur to them.  The whole thing about solar power for instance - there is only so much energy in sunlight, and even with 100% efficiency, the amount of solar panels you’d need to supply current energy needs would blanket massive portions of the continent.  Not to mention that there is no currently existing technology to adequately store energy for when the sun isn’t shining.

Posted by on 04/29/09 at 02:02 PM from United States

I’m in favor of anything that increases the national bust size…

Posted by on 05/04/09 at 05:22 PM from Germany

If society were more tolerant of the disabled and looked beyond appearances to find inner beauty this would be unecessary.

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