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Know the difference between fertilization and conception; Understand why a fish-like embryo cannot exist in a Petri dish; Explore why a fertilized egg is not necessarily an embryo; See why scientists ...

Know the difference between fertilization and conception; Understand why a fish-like embryo cannot exist in a Petri dish; Explore why a fertilized egg is not necessarily an embryo; See why scientists need to explore all the possibilities of stem cells without limiting federal funding to exclude blastocysts.

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  • Right to Recover Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America
  • The War
    • Religious control
    • Politics
    • Money
    • It’s not about destroying embryos
  • The war is over cells in a lab dish
  • The Victims
    • American economy
    • US reputation in world
  • This is who it affects most
  • Those advocating for public funding for blastocystic research
  • Why do people oppose blastocystic stem cell research?
    • They are ignorant about the science/biology behind the research
    • Religious and political leaders have swayed people to believe that an embryo is being destroyed
  • Those who oppose the research
    • The debate is fueled by a small but verbal minority of conservative religious lobbying organizations:
    • Christian Coalition
    • Concerned Women for America
    • Coral Ridge Ministries (D. James Kennedy)
    • Family Research Council (J. Dobson, David Prentice)
    • Focus on the Family (James Dobson)
    • Religious Freedom Coalition
    • Southern Baptist Convention
    • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
    • Phyllis Schlafly groups—led opposition to ERA)
    • National Right to Life Committee
    • Senator Sam Borwnback
    • Susan B. Anthony List
  • A Biblical Perspective
    • by
    • Reverend Dan Bloodworth
    • Graduate of Rhema Bible College
    • Evangelist to all denominations
    • Blastocystic Stem Cell Advocate
    • 18 years of research on stem cells
    • Available to speak to your group
  • A blastocyst has undifferentiated cells that could become any cell in the body.
  • The Science
  • Three Types of Stem Cells
    • Totipotent cells, which can develop into any type of cell in the body.
    • Pluripotent cells, which are undergoing a process of differentiation that changes them into multipotent cells)
    • Multipotent cells, which give rise to cells that have a particular function. These “adult” stem cells are only able to reproduce more cells of like kind.
  • Features of a Blastocyst
    • A cluster with 16 to 32 cells
    • Has an inner core and outer wall
    • Contains undifferentiated (totipotent) cells
    • No nerves or sensory system
    • No blood is present
    • No organs are forming
    • It can only produce more undifferentiated cells in the lab
    • It is not an embryo until it implants in the uterus
  • Two Types of Cells in a Blastocyst
    • Inner cluster of pluripotent cells that can become any type of cell in the body.
    • Outer cells can only become a placenta.
    • By this point, the outer cells have differentiated and are not the ones scientists wish to study.
  • Blastocyst vs. Embryo
    • A blastocyst can exist in a lab dish or inside a woman’s body.
    • An embryo is a fertilized egg that has implanted in the womb and is receiving nourishment and signals for further development.
  • Fertilization, Implantation & Conception
    • Fertilization is the uniting of an egg and a sperm (in a lab or naturally)
    • Implantation occurs inside a woman when the blastocyst embeds into the lining of the uterus (cannot occur in lab)
    • Conception/Pregnancy is confirmed when implantation occurs and mother’s blood tests reveal significant levels of hCG (cannot occur in a lab)
  • What is an Adult Stem Cell?
    • This term refers to multipotent stem cells found in amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, children and adults.
    • If a stem cell has moved past the totipotent or pluripotent stages, it is considered an adult stem cell.
  • Debating Moral Controversy
    • It’s not about babies; Babies grow inside mothers, not in lab dishes!
    • It’s not about embryos; it’s about cells that could save lives.
    • The question is not “When does life begin?” The issue is whether to toss the leftover cells, flush them, or allow them to be used for research.
  • Leftover Blastocysts
    • Introduce all cells (Italy)
    • Surrogacy (Snowflake Children)
    • Discard
    • Research
  • Are Blastocysts Equal to Humans?
    • Scenario 1 - lab/daycare
    • Scenario 2 – memorial/trash can
    • Federal funds may be used on a few stem cell lines from leftover in vitro processes. So, how can this be the moral issue our politicians pretend it to be?
  • Why Federal Funding?
    • 30 year progress with Adult stem cells has produced treatment for 9 diseases
    • Bush approved certain stem cell lines created prior to 2001
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  • Published by Nightengale Press www.nightengalepress.com