Sunday, June 03, 2007

Research, experimentation & the human being

GALVESTON, Texas, May 28, 2007 ( - In a fundamental discovery that someday may help cure type 1 diabetes by allowing people to grow their own insulin-producing cells for a damaged or defective pancreas, medical researchers at the University of Texas have reported that they have engineered adult stem cells derived from human umbilical cord blood to produce insulin.

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While the above illustrates the kind of scientific research that apparently keeps the welfare of human beings in mind at every stage of study and experimentation, here's something about some results of administering the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil. The death of a 12-year-old is one of the reported cases.

Three deaths were related to the vaccine. One physician's assistant reported that a female patient "died of a blood clot three hours after getting the Gardasil vaccine." Two other reports, on girls 12 and 19, reported deaths relating to heart problems and/or blood clotting.

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1 comment:

John Jansen said...

I get the LifeSite e-mail updates, but I must have missed the story about the 12-year old girl who died after receiving Gardasil.

Catholic blogger Mark Shea has come up with a meme that seems especially applicable to such a horribly sad story as this.

According to Shea, the Two Phases of History are:

1. What could it hurt?

2. How could we have known?

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