21 October, 2004

Welcome to Aldous Huxley's nightmare...

A comment I made to this thoughtful post on embryonic stem cell research, slightly edited for the sake of HTML:

Don't overlook the fact that a huge number of embryos are left in limbo from various assisted reproduction techniques. Not every implantation works, so they create a number of embryos, with the inevitable result that many are left in cold storage, after one of them succeeds. As things stand now, those embryos are either destroyed or left in cold storage.

This isn't merely an abortion issue; there's money involved, and the assisted reproduction industry is one of the biggest movers and shakers for it. As I recall, when President Bush presented his guidelines for embryonic stem cell research, it was The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine that announced they would start their own private research into therapeutic uses of embryonic stem cells.


Welcome to Aldous Huxley's nightmare :-(

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