by Steven Ertelt
October 24, 2005
Embryonic Stem Cell Research Company Continues to Lose Millions
Menlo Park, CS (LifeNews.com) — Embryonic stem cell research doesn’t pay financially because it has yet to cure a single patient or provide one treatment despite the national hype. California-based Geron Corporation is finding that out and announced Friday that its loss grew to $11.9 million, or 21 cents a share, in the third quarter. That compares with a loss of $10.3 million, or 23 cents a share during the same time last year when it had fewer shares outstanding. Geron, which trades on the NASDAQ, said its revenue increased to $673,000 from $101,000 for the comparable period in 2004. Geron is a biopharmaceutical company developing and selling cancer drugs that has been one of the leaders in trying to develop treatments from embryonic stem cell research, which destroys human life.
New Jersey Poll: Embryonic Stem Cell Support Down With Taxpayer $
Trenton, NJ (LifeNews.com) — A new poll in New Jersey finds residents of the state support embryonic stem cell research but support is lower if state taxpayer dollars are involved. Seventy-one percent of New Jersey residents said they support embryonic stem cell research and 74 percent support adult stem cell research, according to a poll by The Record. Yet support dropped off to 53 percent when voters were asked whether they support a state proposal to spend $150 million in taxpayer funds to build a proposed embryonic stem cell research center. "It’s not a question of ethics, it’s a question of money," said Del Ali of the Maryland-based Research 2000, which conducted the poll.
Michigan Man Charged With Killing Pregnant Woman, Unborn Child
Grand Rapids, MI (LifeNews.com) — A refugee from Honduras has been charged with killing a Michigan woman and her unborn child and is one of the first to be prosecuted under the state’s unborn victims law. Edwin Lario Munoz could face two life terms in prison related to the death in the strangulation murder of Silvia Sanchez-Parada and her unborn baby, named Luz Maria by her father. Munoz was charged with the two deaths and also with felony assault for attacking Sanchez-Parada’s husband, Leoncio Garcia-Lopez. Family friend Maria Barriga says the family is Catholic and believes two people died in the murder and wants Munoz jailed for both. "He killed a baby, whether it was inside the mother or outside the mother," Barriga said. "It’s almost like aborting a baby without the mother’s permission." Munoz’ gained national attention when his story was published in Parade Magazine in 2002. After illegally crossing the border into the United States, Munoz was abused for months in a California prison. The baby was expected to be born in January.
Brown University Medical School Still Teaches Students Abortion
Providence, RI (LifeNews.com) — The medical school at Brown University continues to teach medical students about how to perform abortions. It recently reinstated a program whereby students can observe abortions being performed at the Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island and Women & Infants Hospital. The program was created three years ago but later canceled after a staff shortage at PPRI. The program was revived in May 2005. According to the Brown Daily Herald student newspaper, about 10 percent of medical students elect to attend the abortion training. Students who participate in the abortion program watch at least 4-5 abortions being performed at the hospital according to William Metheny, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of education at WIH. Dr. Melissa Nothnagle, assistant professor of family medicine and designer of the residency program’s abortion curriculum says Brown is looking into formalizing abortion curriculum.
Research Shows Adult Stem Cells Help Years After Heart Attacks
Bethesda, MD (LifeNews.com) — Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells taken from bone marrow have proven effective in treating heart damage suffered from heart attacks. Now, researchers have shown that such treatments years after a heart attack are still helpful. Left ventricular function and exercise capacity increased, while the area of heart muscle damage shrank, in 18 patients given infusions of their own bone marrow stem cells up to eight years after a heart attack, according to a new study in the Nov. 1, 2005, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "This new therapy is able to treat until now irreversible heart complaints and function disturbances in patients with chronic coronary artery disease after myocardial infarction, even many years after heart attack. Therefore there is hope for this large amount of patients with previous myocardial infarction and non-treatable complaints," said Bodo E. Strauer, M.D. from the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany. If further trials produce similar results, cardiac regeneration using stem cells could help to not only reverse some heart attack damage, reduce symptoms and improve the daily functioning of patients; it might also reduce the risk of heart failure, Dr. Strauer said.
Georgia Pro-Life Advocate Assaulted and Robbed at His Home
Savannah, GA (LifeNews.com) — A locally famous Georgia man was assaulted and robbed at his home on Thursday. Savannah Now reports that Pro-Life Anderson, a man who had changed his name from Charles to Pro-Life and was known for his local activism, was victimized after trying to help a homeless man. Anderson said he had seen the man at a Catholic church a month ago and when James Dixon knocked on his door, he offered him a sleeping bag and space on his porch for the night. But Dixon, 39, burst into Anderson’s home and tied up the old man and stole his wallet and truck, decorated with dozens of pro-life bumper stickers. Police eventually arrested Dixon and charged him on numerous counts of assault and robbery.