*With a tip of the hat to The Western Confucian, “Results, not Bush, slowed embryonic stem cell research”:
But many private companies have been reluctant to fund embryo research because it involves morally controversial techniques and, so far, has shown few signs of success. Most preliminary research indicates that adult stem cells are the key to new cures and treatments, so they’re jumping on that bandwagon. This is the real reason government funding is so essential to ESC research– few private investors view it as a future success.
And, relatedly, in today’s Washington Post, advances in alternatives to embryonic stem cells:
In addition to the scientific implications, the work comes at a politically sensitive moment. Scientists are anxiously waiting for President Obama to follow through on his promise to lift restrictions on federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Critics of such a move immediately pointed to the work as the latest evidence that the alternative cells make such research unnecessary.
“Stem cell research that requires destroying embryos is going the way of the Model T,” Richard M. Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said. “No administration that values science and medical progress over politics will want to divert funds now toward that increasingly obsolete and needlessly divisive approach.”
*As I noted below, Larison, Deneen, Dreher, and others have given to the world a splendid gift in the form of Front Porch Republic. A particularly interesting conversation, in which I’ve participated, can be found in the comments accompanying Mark Mitchell’s “What our Hands Have Wrought“. Community, Distributism, the politico-economic half-blindness of both parties, and the reliance upon the State of capitalism (something that I suggest here). Hot damn!
*I’m officially a “journalist”, which is to say that I have been paid to write something, specifically a review of Prof. Bacevich’s The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism one of the most important books that I have read in a long time. Find it in the inaugural issue of Young American Revolution. (Or ask nicely for an electronic version of the unedited draft, and I might oblige.)