Operative words, "theoretically" and "fantasy"

OK, so CBS News has this glowing story about a method that may *theoretically* generate “limitless” supplies of lab-created blood from dead babies (talk about about vampirism!).

We’re told that the many treatments developed using adult stem cells are “only treatments, not cures” or that they’re “snake oil,” or “untested,” or whatever other excuse they can come up with.

But in this case, for something that hasn’t even been developed or tested yet, but purely theoretical, the media’s going ga-ga, and this guy gets a multi-million dollar research grant. He’s sure sitting pretty.

Dr. Marc Turner, . . . received a multi-million dollar research grant to try to make blood in his lab from human stem cells.
“These cells are being generated from human embryonic stem cells, which themselves are generated from three-to-five-day-old human embryos,” Turner says.
Palmer explains that stem cells can be coaxed, theoretically, to grow into any human body part.”

Let’s look at that one again: embryonic “stem cells can be coaxed, theoretically, to grow into any human body part.” So, for decades, they’ve been talking about this. Has anyone actually demonstrated that it can happen????

If they’re successful, the payoff is huge: a limitless supply of blood. Dr. Gail Roboz, a New York hematologist leukemia researcher told CBS News, “We want the fantasy; we would like a purely clean and limitless blood supply[. . . .] The fantasy here — what would be phenomenal — would be if we could create infection-free blood that’s laboratory generated, so it’s not dependent on donors and their availability and their willingness to come in and donate. But rather, something that the doctors could actually mine in the laboratory and have available for patients in an as-needed basis.”

I mean, come on! “The fantasy”??? Are they medical professionals or science fiction writers?

Speaking of science fiction,

“Consider that in the history of many worlds there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work. They do the work that no one else wants to do, because it’s too difficult or too hazardous. And an army of Datas, all disposable? You don’t have to think about their welfare; you don’t think about how they feel. Whole generations of disposable people.
“You’re talking about slavery.”
“I think that’s a little harsh.”
I don’t think that’s a little harsh, I think that’s the truth. But that’s a truth that we have obscured behind a… comfortable, easy euphemism. ‘Property.’ But that’s not the issue at all, is it?”
–Guinan and Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “The Measure of a Man,” Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Or a comfortable euphemism of “choice.” Or a comfortable euphemism of “discarded embryo.” Or a comfortable euphemism of “scientific integrity,” as our president puts it.

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