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Posts by Carson O'Genic

My point about abortion is that it is not a procedure that is forced on people who don't want to have it done. You made some argument about the federal government forcing it on states, but my point is more at the individual level. If your pregnant and don't want the child, then no one forces you to have an abortion instead of adoption.
The difference between government and industry is the time scale and the willingness to take risk. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that most of all the advances in medical science over the last 50 years has been supported in large part by our government. Seems like a good investment to me. Life expectancy and quality of life is increasing (now if we could jsut stop eating so much...). I think most people would think that the money was well spent on the public...
My guess is that they will not try to impeach, but yes to many hearings. Lots of pressure on the administration to get rid of Rumsfeld and hearings into Iraq war contracts will likley be on the menu. Bottom line is that there are no easy solutions to Iraq, so there will be much talk and lots of finger pointing. They'll hold the administrations feet to the fire to 'have a plan to get out'. Since i don't see Bush pulling out of Iraq during the rest of his Presidency, the...
Not to be too glib here, but because that is the way it is. Biotech and big pharma spend lots of money on what one may call basic research (mostly all done in-house, which means that it may not get fully published and shared) , but they spend even more on developing that research into a product and then testing that product (Clinical trials - big bucks - sometimes supported by the fed government, in fact). Then there is that insane marketing budget to get doctors to...
2. Sure there is, but see my response to Chris. The federal government is the major source of funding for basic research. As a simple example: a standard NIH grant may give you 250k/year for 4 years, but most private foundations offer grants for 30-50k for one or two years. A lot more things get done when you have the needed resources. In California, the prop 71 money is a whole new ball game. It is unusaul for the state to fund research at this level. States often...
Your oversimplifying. Most of the research that has been done deriving the first ES stem cell lines (at least in the US) was done with no government money. That is how those off-campus labs got funded. But the issue is that the amount of work that is required to actually figure out how to cure anybody with ES cells is substantial. (Didn't Nixon declare war on cancer and here we are decades later when things are actually starting to look better?) Deriving ES cells...
In California: http://www.cirm.ca.gov/pressreleases...0/10-04-06.asp "The plan identifies the long-term objectives CIRM will pursue over the next 10 years. ... $272.7 million for the renovation and construction of new laboratories and research facilities. " To be fair, construction and renovation is something that is always happening. Having new lab space is always nice, but in many cases existing space is not used because of the fear of mixing federal money with other...
Cut and run? Oct 26th 2006?From The Economist print edition America's voters are entitled to punish George Bush. They should not punish the people of Iraq WHEN a great democracy such as the United States holds elections at a time of war, voters are torn between two instincts. One is to show grit and solidarity by rallying around the flag and the president. The other is to treat the election as a referendum on the war. Ever since September 11th 2001 George Bush has milked...
Sometimes the government is the best and most efficient means of getting something done. There is a long history of of how government funded research has advanced science and resuted in cures, products etc. Yes, private money, foundation money, money from small and big pharma all contribute to research, but the government is the major contributor and that is a good thing. When the government holds the major purse strings they help to guide the work towards the goals of...
[QUOTE=SDW2001There is no evidence that federally funded stem cell research is going help you or MJF or me live a better life.[/QUOTE] It is the nature of research to have an element of uncertainty associated with it. The same could and still can be said about cancer research, HIV vaccine, malaria, and on and on. [QUOTE=SDW2001Yes, Bush made a moral judgement. You feel he's wrong, and that's fine. What I don't understand is why you can't see the other side. ...
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