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When will gene therapy be common in the us, and why was bush so opposed to it?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Gradually

Bush, who had no personal stake in this being devoted as he was only to money, was advised to stop stem cell research and gene research by his advisors to appease the ignorant feelings of the right wing religious fanatics in his party.
Note that while they controlled all govt. Branches, they did not introduce bills on the subject. They want them around to collect votes and money.

In brief: Gradually

Bush, who had no personal stake in this being devoted as he was only to money, was advised to stop stem cell research and gene research by his advisors to appease the ignorant feelings of the right wing religious fanatics in his party.
Note that while they controlled all govt. Branches, they did not introduce bills on the subject. They want them around to collect votes and money.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
I think this answer is a great illustration of how politically charged this issue is. Unfortunately it is also quite offensive to a large segment of the population for whom faith is important. To catogorize them as "fanatics" is an attempt to marginalize and discredit people. It reduces the conversation to schoolyard name calling rather than a true intellectual discussion.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
I agree with Dr. Kathryn Mosher and commend her for trying to set the record straight.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to say when

Gene therapy is a huge ethical dilemma in this country tied to the idea of when life begins.
If you believe that life begins when a sperm fertilizes an egg, then you would agree with bush that stem cells from embryos constitute murder of an unborn child. However there are safe alternatives from stem cells harvested from bone marrow. Until an agreement can be made on which to use, we'll be in limbo.

In brief: Hard to say when

Gene therapy is a huge ethical dilemma in this country tied to the idea of when life begins.
If you believe that life begins when a sperm fertilizes an egg, then you would agree with bush that stem cells from embryos constitute murder of an unborn child. However there are safe alternatives from stem cells harvested from bone marrow. Until an agreement can be made on which to use, we'll be in limbo.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Recall by best estimates, that 80% of fertilized eggs pass spontaneously. If so, then who is responsible for the greatest pregnancy termination numbers. A small aside, Mormons believe life begins at implantation - so this is not an issue for them.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: He wasn't

Gene therapy itself is not to be confused with embryonic stem cell therapy.
Gene therapy is curing important diseases such as hemophilia b without anyone presenting a religious objection. Now that the safety and likely effectiveness of embryonic stem cells for am important form of blindness seems to be near-future, rhetoric from religionists may be up for reconsideration.

In brief: He wasn't

Gene therapy itself is not to be confused with embryonic stem cell therapy.
Gene therapy is curing important diseases such as hemophilia b without anyone presenting a religious objection. Now that the safety and likely effectiveness of embryonic stem cells for am important form of blindness seems to be near-future, rhetoric from religionists may be up for reconsideration.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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