August 23, 2005

IF WE AREN'T KILLING WE'RE MUDDLED:

Stem Cell Advance Muddles Debate: Work May Stall Efforts To Lift Research Limits (Ceci Connolly, August 23, 2005, Washington Post)

A Harvard University advance in generating embryonic stem cells may have the unintended consequence of hindering congressional efforts to lift research restrictions imposed by President Bush four years ago, leaders on both sides of the issue said yesterday as details of the discovery traveled through the scientific and political communities.

The news that Harvard scientists have successfully converted human skin cells into embryonic stem cells -- without using a human egg or new embryo -- is likely to muddle the already complex debate over federal stem cell research policy.


By "muddle" Ms Connolly means, make it even harder to justify morally dubious science.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2005 6:56 AM
Comments

Having seen Ceci many times on Fox News, I can confidently state that it is she who is muddled. The debate over federal stem cell policy is not complex morally, and only seems complex scientifically because of the counter-intuitive fact that fetal stem cells, which seemingly should be the most useful, in fact have produced the fewest useful results.

Posted by: jd watson at August 23, 2005 1:27 PM
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