stem cell research, anyone?
- Yahoo! News - Government to Open 'Stem Cell Bank'
[if the url likn above doesn't work, try cut & paste into your browser, or
search http://news.yahoo.com - I think]
From the general research I've done into all of this, I like the way this
is going right now. I'm curious to see how or if this plays out in the
coming days leading up to the major party conventions. One side of the
divide wants all restrictions lifted on stem cell research, meaning that
embryos would be candidates for abortion in harvesting these cells for
research and development. On the other side, people are saying that
harvesting human cells would not only be de facto abortion, but it would
also give a commercial backing for this act of destroying a newly conceived
In the middle, it seems to be progressing a little more ethically.
President Bush has allowed federal funding for research on existing "lines"
(those stem cells that had already been culled and worked on prior to
August 2001 - and which theoretically can be duplicated and replicated
infinitely, thus not needing further "new lines" for reseach purposes). So
money is going to research, and people are not being called to participate
commercially in growing babies for stem cells.
peace - rick