Yep, still on the Banks and with a rickety connection I can't go into much detail.
Briefly, however, in Senate Passes Stem Cell Bill; Bush Vows Veto and Long Fight Has Slowed Progress On Stem Cells, what kind of progress are we kind of forgetting? Michael Fumento writes what the Post won't:
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) receive tremendous media attention, with oft-repeated claims that they have the potential to cure virtually every disease known. Yet there are spoilsports, self included, who point out that they have yet to even make it into a human clinical trial. This is even as alternatives — adult stem cells (ASCs) from numerous places in the body as well as umbilical cord blood and placenta — are curing diseases here and now and have been doing so for decades. And that makes ESC advocates very, very angry.
Read it all--really. Among other things Fumento addresses recent claims that non-embryonic stem-cell research and therapies have been exaggerated. An excerpt:
The letter claims ASC “treatments fully tested in all required phases of clinical trials and approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration are available to treat only nine of the conditions” on his list.
Well! One answer to that is that it’s nine more than can be claimed for ESCs. Further, there are 1175 clinical trials for ASCs, including those no longer recruiting patients, with zero for ESCs. But a better response is that the letter authors come from the Kenneth Lay School for honesty, as do the editors at Science.
Fumento is his usual shy and retiring--and factual--self.
P.S. It's possible that someone we admire who tells us I'm not an expert on this subject may not be in the best position to judge whether the issue is almost purely symbolic and a minor issue.