Originally Posted by Botnst
To the best of my knowledge, no treatments have derived from embryonic stem cell research. I'm betting within 5 years there will be no need for embryonic stem cells, even for pure research. Advances in stem cell research are probably going to make harvesting of embryo stem cells unnecessary.
I agree about the Moon thingie. I'd just as soon have not squirted billions of bucks off into space with no return on investment. They didn't even sell the moonrocks, fer crissake!
You are correct that they are not at "treatment" stage with ESCR but that is not far away. Did you get to read the links that jump from the NIH page yet? Some of the research and application is very good.
Now, as for that Moon thingie, All that money they spent on lobbing metal at the moon. Several things happened. First, all the funds were spent on payroll, materials and research that generated economy in many states so there was a HUGE ROI. Second, the computers that we are using would not have been near as small and quick if the kids at IBM had not been pushed to make them smaller, quicker, etc as each machine language instruction had to be loaded up from tape each time the launch was being prepared. Also, Alcoa and others were making materials that were thinner, stronger, lighter to insure that the maximum strength was available with the least impact to payload weight.
The amount of raw science gleaned just from Mercury through Apollo allowed so much of the technology boom of the next 20 years to occur. Jobs and Waz would not have been able to dumster dive for chips if aerospace research was not working through Apollo project research and throwing away chips. Odds are, Jobs and Waz would have been making tube computers.
I was at Edwards and Wright Pat from 77-86 and the amount of EE science that we worked with from that era was amazing. Once the floodgates opened in 65, the technology research moved at speeds that will never be seen again. Without government funding, I don't see any way any of that could have happened. I was not in the research area as much as systems management and analysis.
Note that, without cooperation from us, with trade deals, no one else had any electronic patents for many years in the computer industry. Japan only based their industry, and associated patents, on business generated through trade with us.