The Embryonic Stem Cell Lobby Is Writing Checks With Their Mouths That Their Research Can’t Cover

June 29, 2007 |

“Did you read that Op-Ed in the Salt Lake Tribune this morning?” asked Don Margolis, the founder of adult stem cell company, Theravitae. I sighed knowing another rant was coming my way.

Margolis pointed to the last paragraph-

So, until Bush is gone, American researchers dependent on government grants will be forced to use adult stem cells and existing embryonic stem cell lines. And, without the benefit of enhanced embryonic stem cell research and treatments, Americans will continue to die so we can protect frozen embryos that will never live.

“That is just another example of the mainstream media not giving Americans the entire picture. Forced to use adult stem cells? As if that is something negative? My patients aren’t dying. The adult stem cells are working for them! Ask them yourself.
If I lose all my money and become homeless and I am looking for a job, I will make my way to Salt Lake City and apply for a job as editor of the Salt Lake Tribune because I know I can do better!” Don exclaimed.

I mentally picture this and smile. Don has reason to be angry. At last count, his company has treated over 200 no-option heart disease patients with his company’s Vescell adult stem cell therapy.

Don continued, “When I think of embryonic stem cells, I think of the number zero. How many clinical trials are there now involving embryonic stem cells? Zero. How many treatments use embryonic stem cells? Zero. How many people have ever been helped by ESCs? ZERO.”

Margolis believes that investors have pooled their money into more promising adult stem cell research because “they know they will get a good return on their investment.” This leaves the embryonic stem cell researchers with nothing except to beg for money from the American taxpayer citing the “potential” and “promise” of embryonic stem cells. Sadly to say, the only promise the world has seen is in the words of the embryonic stem cell research lobby. “Their mouths are writing checks that their research can’t cover.” Don flatly stated.

Margolis thinks that embryonic stem cell researchers and the mainstream media deliberately downplay adult stem cell research while exaggerating the potential of embryonic stem cell research. “Everyday, I have to read something like this.” He says dejectedly as he points to the Salt Lake Tribune article. “One day, the adult stem cells will be given their due. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will be anytime soon.”

4 Responses to The Embryonic Stem Cell Lobby Is Writing Checks With Their Mouths That Their Research Can’t Cover

  1. Anonymous October 11, 2007 at 3:06 am #

    People ask me why I call embryonics a fraud. Here are several reasons (by the way, I am a non-christian liberal fanatic feminist):
    1–They do not work on human beings. Never have.
    2–They are not needed and never will be because ANYTHING embryonics will ever try will already be successfully treated by adult stem cells long before. The count is now over 100 human medical conditions which have been used to help humans. The count for embryonics is zero and will stay there.
    3–A real science does not need 100% lies to exist. Everything written by ANY embryonic scientist, doctor, medical writer etc about adult stem cells is a lie. Since it is a BIG lie, that means it is “true” in American medical “science.” Wikipedia: Big Lie is a propaganda technique in which the lie is so complex that the public will either dismiss it as impossible or choose not to believe it out of willful ignorance. It was defined by Adolf Hitler in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf as a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”.
    Don Margolis
    Founder, TheraVitae

  2. Fred Bortz August 28, 2007 at 11:44 am #

    Anonymous writes “‘Brain Drain’ indeed…. Do some research and get your facts straight.”

    Anon’s issue is not with me but with Cynthia Fox, who wrote Cell of Cells. My judgment is that her research is excellent and not politically motivated, and that her conclusions are sound.

    Anonymous, however makes a claim that is obviously politically motivated and one-sided. Read my review of Cell of Cells, and judge for yourself.

    Fred Bortz — Science and technology books for young readers ( and Science book reviews (

  3. Anonymous August 28, 2007 at 6:43 am #

    For some reason, the most liberal Dems. are voting against expanding pluripotent stem cell research – including those from embryos. Obsessed w/the few frozen in clinics, Boxer, Clinton, Feinstein, Kennedy, Obama, Reid, Schumer all voted NAY on S.30 – which was otherwise passed w/veto-proof margin and Bush not only said he’d sign – he had to issue an executive order because it never made it to his desk.

    S.30 expands NIH funding to other embryo sources – including 1/2 of all IVF created fresh embryos – which arrest wi first week, yet while ‘naturally dead’ still yield normal hES at the same rate as other embryos. Other sources would be from blastocyst extraction (a normal IVF procedure that has produced hES) – and even nuclear transfer.

    ‘Brain Drain’ indeed. Under Bush, the US spends abt. $500,000,000 annually on stem cell research – 10% of that simply on hES (other embryonic studies in the other 90%). The amt. spent on hES is 20x than on cord blood (which are already creating mini-livers, heart valves, etc. and ‘cure’ humans of several conditions). We spend more on hES research than most other countries do combined on all SC research – and have some of the least restrictions.

    Do some research and get your facts straight.

  4. Fred Bortz June 29, 2007 at 9:12 am #

    I recently reviewed an excellent book that gives the full picture, Cell of Cells by Cynthia Fox. Adult stem cells certainly have a place in this, but science is indeed hamstrung by the current U.S. government policy restricting the use of embryonic stem cells.

    To me, there is a strong “holier than thou” attitude in a policy that restricts the use of embryos that are about to be discarded. As Fox points out, that policy also has a practical consequence–a brain drain away from the U.S. of top stem cell researchers.

    Fred Bortz
    Science and technology books for young readers (
    and Science book reviews (

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