Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Federally Funded Stem Cell Research
Stem cell research has the potential to cure so many different diseases that pharmaceutical companies stand to reap a windfall from any significant discoveries. As such, there is clearly incentive and motivation for these companies to invest in research into stem cells with or without federal funds. Why should tax-payers foot the bill for the research that big pharma companies are willing to fund on their own?
Furthermore, it would be unwise to have one company or entity trademark, patent or otherwise control the genetic map, or processes of stem cell research.
Thirdly, it keeps the Universities busy on "leading edge" technology and allows us to pay some smart professors $250,000 per year from Stem Cell Grants while coaches at the same schools football programs get $2M per year to coach idiots.
Finally, stem cell research is being funded by the government for top secret reasons of National Security -- to defend the very blanket of freedom we all sleep under each night. There is a secret plan on how to win the war in Iraq. We are going to clone machine gun toating sheep and let them "wander in" to some of the high risk areas of Iraq and Afghanistan.
2) On a related note, big Pharma is on so many government gravy train tightropes that they'd probably just as soon not touch that one for fear of taking it in the A$$ somewhere else for political retribution. Plus, no CEO wants a crazy domestic abortion terrorist showing up at their offices. They're better off inventing new afflictions to cure.
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