Ten years ago, we were in the midst of a heated national debate over embryonic stem cell research. Proponents castigated opponents (like me) as “anti-science,” and theocratic for opposing ESCR federal funding based on ethical concerns.
When we claimed that alternatives to embryonic stem cells showed great promise, we were derided as Luddites. Embryonic stem cells were the “only hope” society was told again and again. Adult stem cells could only become one type of cell, I saw scientists blatantly lie to legislators at committee hearings. They can be good for blood cancers, but that’s about it.