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From: Ross Olson [ross{at}]
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Stewing About Stem Cells

Stewing About Stem Cells

Professor Wagner ought to have had his stem cell article peer reviewed (4/8/2011). While pushing all the
emotional hot buttons in sight, it glosses over the scientific data. Cures for debilitating diseases may
come, he says, from embryonic stem cells (even though only adult cells have been successful).
Cloning of humans can never happen like with frogs (despite the fact that the average frog genome is
1/3 larger than the human genome and has to code for both a tadpole and an adult.) He cites his own
vast experience – with adult stem cells – and his invitations to speak before august bodies (“trust me,
I’m a doctor”). Then he appeals to majority rules (which by the way, often turns out to be 180 degrees
off in science.) He poo poos the opinion some have that a blastocyst is a baby because it is microscopic
(you probably don’t remember, professor, but you were once there.) He slams the logical door by
appealing to freedom, decrying persecution and suggesting job creation. About the only thing he left
out is reversing climate change!

Ross S. Olson MD

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