Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Every Sperm Was Sacred.

Last year scientists at University of Newcastle created primitive sperm cells with female embryonic stem cells.

As you can imagine, that provoked some shrieeeking from fundamentalist religious right wing zygote zealots. "Oh no!!! Bay-beez without holy sperm from the Menz!!!"

This year, the same team, led by Karim Nayernia, Professor of Stem Cell Biology, has re-purposed the research so its focus does not send Pat Robertson and his acolytes into a full-metal testerical rightwingnutter melt-down. A news item from ABC news reassures its viewers:
... the technique would allow researchers to study how sperm develops and possibly help develop treatments for infertile men. ... More than a third of infertility cases, which affect 7.3 million people in the United States, can be attributed to the male partner, according to a 2002 National Survey of Family Growth from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... new research may provide a glimmer of hope that infertile men may one day be able to contribute to the gene pool.
Speaking of rightwingnutters called Pat*, Pat Buchanan had advice for the Palins regarding an outcast contributor to their family gene pool:
"Well, first, with regard to Levi, I think First Dude up there in Alaska, Todd Palin, ought to take Levi down to the creek and hold his head underwater until the thrashing stops." The whole 'Morning Joe' gang laughed pretty hard at Buchanan's joke ...
More on that stem cell research here.

* Thanks for catching that, J.A.Baker.


J. A. Baker said...

I'm afraid you've got the wrong Pat wanting the First D00d to fit Levi for cement shoes. That's Pat Buchanan, not Pat Robertson.

deBeauxOs said...

Omigawd! That's right. But watch Buchanan in that video clip and watch Robertson here and tell me if that wasn't an honest mistake.

Even Gwen Landolt looks like Pat Robertson, in drag of course.

deBeauxOs said...

I listened to that gaseous blowhard Buchanan again and his little rant about Palin is bizarre. Right after he proclaims his admiration for the way she parents Trig, he makes a reference to Palin's grand-daughter with a problem.

Did he mess up his facts there?

J. A. Baker said...

Funny you should bring up that Pat Robertson "Dump your atheist boyfriend" clip, dBO. I actually commented on it when I first found out about it.

But yes, I could see how you could make that mistake. Wingnut talking points do tend to run together after a while, it seems.

Dave said...

Oy vey! What a bunch of gawddamn hillbillies. But I have to admit, it's terribly fun to watch. :)

Saskboy said...

At 6 billion people, why do we need to treat infertile men with anything other than a, "thank you, please try again"?

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