A reader sent me a NYT article "Some Scientists See Shift in Stem Cell Hopes"
In the five years since President Bush authorized and at the same time restricted research on human embryonic stem cells, a marked shift has taken place in some scientists’ views of how the research is likely to benefit medicine. Many no longer see cell therapy as the first goal of the research, parting company with those whose near-term expectations for cell therapy remain high.
Instead, these researchers envisage a longer-term program in which human embryonic cells would be a research tool to study the mechanisms of disease. From this, they say, many therapeutic benefits may emerge, like new drugs, which would probably be available at least as soon as any cell therapy treatment.
Yes that’s the ticket. With ESCR causing problems and not cures it is time to switch to a new tactic. And unlike The Who’s anthem readers of the NYT will be fooled again.