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language of Proposal 2, you will find
cancer. There is a growing consensus
that, despite what its supporters may
that cancer may be caused by stem cells
say, it contains absolutely no restric-
gone bad and that if those cells can be
tions or oversight on human cloning.
targeted by healthy stem cells it may be
Unlike any other medical measure in
the most effective and least invasive way
this state, it takes away that right from
of fighting the disease. Indications are
that similar therapies may work with a
"Advocates of this proposal have also
whole range of cancers, including pan-
said that we are 'lying in our teeth' about creatic, prostate and lung.
the tax burden this might place on the
back of Michigan residents. But we are
. only using their own statement that
Dr. Feldman's work has taken her toward
California is the gold standard when it
treatment of Type 2 diabetes, the adult
comes to such research. It is publicly
onset version, which is the more com-
funded there, a taxpayer
mon form of the disease.
obligation of $300 million
"We developed a criti-
over 10 years."
cal insight that leads us to
Taubman waves off such
believe that treatment can
contentions. "There is no
begin at the level of the cell','
hidden tax increase here, no
she says. "Insulin isn't used
agenda to seek public fund-
properly in this form of
ing," he says. "The millage
the disease and a buildup
that California enacted was
of toxic superoxides can
entirely voluntary. Our only Stephen Z orn
damage the cell. That leads
agenda is to bring jobs to a
to the crippling damage of
state that needs them badly
Type 2 Diabetes.
and to save lives.
"We think now that stem
"I decided to fund the
cells can not only arrest
Medical Research Institute
nerve damage but reverse it.
for just one reason: It was
In one of the first trials to
needed. America rose to
demonstrate this treatment
greatness because of the
we have found that com-
research carried on by its
bined with diet control and
Dr. Allen G oodman
best minds. These restric-
exercise the nerve cells can
tions in Michigan are cut-
ting off our most important asset, the
This nerve regeneration may also
freedom to function and find answers.
hold the answer for treating spinal cord
"This is well within Michigan's
injuries, which is one of the leading
historic role. Do you know what the
causes of disabilities in young people.
state's second most important industry
Dr. Feldman is now observing her
after automotive production has been?
20th anniversary at the University of
Pharmaceuticals, medical research. This Michigan; for the first time, she sees
is an industry that requires fresh water
hope for making a greater impact with
and we're surrounded by it, more than
any other state. These are big reasons
"I reject the argument completely that
why we are positioned better than any-
we are destroying potential human life
where else to take advantage of greater
by using embryonic stem cells:' she says.
freedom to conduct research:"
"If we didn't use them for this purpose,
Taubman cited the work of the
they would simply be discarded. How
University of Michigan's Dr. Max Wicha, is that a pro-life position, while using
who programmed embryonic stem cells them to understand and cure some of
to kill cancerous cells in treating breast
our most terrible diseases is not?"
October 9 • 2008