Senate to debate embryonic stem cell research

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President

Many credible scientists have been working hard to develop ethical ways to advance embryonic stem cell research. Oocyte assisted reprogramming and altered nuclear transfer are two ways to get embryonic stem cells without ever creating an embryo, thereby getting around the moral issue of creating a human embryo for destruction. Senator Arlen Specter, who himself is battling cancer, is red hot mad that four scientist are being allowed to give testimony today on their alternative science. Specter said, “The potential for stem cells has been held in abeyance much too long.” So he is mad about pursuing ethical options because of the POTENTIAL for the stem cell research he favors. So let me get this straight, he favors unethical potential research over ethical potential research. Which is pro human?

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