Fwd: Don't Let The Government Ban Therapeutic Cloning!

From: Max More (max@maxmore.com)
Date: Sat Feb 09 2002 - 20:50:15 MST

>> Saturday,
>> February 9, 2002
>>The Honorable Thomas Harkin, Chairman
>>U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health
>>and Human Services, and Education
>>United States Senate
>>731 Hart Senate Office Building
>>Washington, D.C. 20510
>>Voice: 202-224_3254
>>FAX: 202-224_9369
>>Dear Sen. Harkin:
>> I urge you to vote No on S.790, The Human Cloning Prohibition
>> Act of 2001, sponsored by Kansas Republican Sam Brownback. Passage of
>> this bill would make it a criminal offense to conduct research on the
>> development of new therapies using stem cells derived from very
>> early-stage cloned preembryos. It would greatly slow the development of
>> therapeutic cloning, the most promising new medical technology in a decade.
>> Therapeutic cloning involves the generation of young,
>> immunologically-identical cells, tissues and organs for transplant. It
>> has the potential to cure killers such as heart disease, stroke, cancer,
>> diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's Disease, and Parkinson's Disease. It
>> also could be instrumental in the development of therapies to reverse
>> the infirmities and debilitation of aging, leading to longer, healthier
>> lives for millions of Americans.
>> Most of the top scientists in the United States support
>> therapeutic cloning research. These include Nobel Laureates such as
>> Prof. David Baltimore and Dr. Harold Varmus and organizations such as
>> the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Institutes of
>> Health (NIH), the Federation of American Societies For Experimental
>> Biology (FASEB), and the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).
>> Scientists support therapeutic cloning research because they
>> understand that embryonic stem cells derived from early_stage clones can
>> potentially be transformed into a wide variety of life_saving tissues
>> that could be transplanted into sick and aging people without rejection.
>> They understand that the ability to develop such therapies is an
>> extraordinary development in science that promises to revolutionize
>> medicine in the 21st Century.
>> It is imperative that you and your colleagues understand the
>> enormous potential of therapeutic cloning research. If the U.S.
>> government acts to ban this remarkable technology, it could be a
>> catastrophic mistake. You can avoid making this mistake by voting
>> against The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001 (S.790). I urge you to do so.
>> The LA-GRG would be pleased to provide your Committee any expert
>> scientific testimony you may require.
>> Respectfully
>> yours, ...
>L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder
>Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group
>URL: http://www.grg.org
>E-mail: scoles@grg.org -- LA-GRG Mailing List

Max More, Ph.D.
max@maxmore.com or more@extropy.org
Strategic Philosopher
President, Extropy Institute. http://www.extropy.org <more@extropy.org>

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