Fox "News" continues to be an oxymoron ...
Media Matters has an interesting piece online about Fox News' failure to report accurately about experimental stem cell research that does not use embryos. Some unethical Republicans have tried to peddle this as an excuse to ban embryonic research and undermine efforts to cure disease (in order to score political points with the Religious Right).
In the June 7 edition of Fox News' Special Report, Fox News homeland defense correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that opponents of a bill that would ease restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research cited alternative methods, such as a new technique in the experimental stage, in which scientists were able to use skin cells from mice to develop cells that have regenerative properties similar to that of a mouse's embryonic stem cell.
But in doing so, Herridge failed to note that the technique's developers have asserted that that it will be "awhile" before they know whether or not the process can be applied to human cells. In a June 6 press release, the scientists stated that "all these results are preliminary and proof of principle. It will be awhile before we know what can and can't be done in humans." They also noted that human embryonic stem cells "remain the gold standard" and that "it would simply be premature and irresponsible to claim that we no longer need [human] eggs for embryonic stem cell research."