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Posted by Jack on August 29, 2000 at 15:25:51:

In Reply to: Human embryonic research posted by padiwak999 on August 28, 2000 at 14:14:59:

: Hey, everyone. Bill Clinton approved federal funding for scientists who use human embryos for stem cell research. That recently got approved in Britain. It's created a lot of controversy because there are people who consider the embryos human beings. Most scientists would argue that they're mere cluster of cells that have not developed into anything yet. The Vatican's already spoken out against it. I think the people will realize how important this type of research can be when they see that it can provide cures to so many diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. I think it's too important to not research. But then again you can't really stop science from developing. It'll happen one way or another. Maybe I'm missing a point or two. Anyone else have any thoughts about this?

Hi, Padiwak, I'll put my two cents in. I don't object to scientific advancement, especially if it involves new and better medical procedures. So I applaude Clinton for recognizing this new path that is about to be opened to us. But there is a concern over what is human life. Whether religious beliefs play any part in this or not, life has to be legally defined in order for some laws to maintain their integrity. If the interpretation of life is changing then the laws must change too. I think with human cloning and genetic manipulations, there are serious risks of upsetting what's been for the last 200 years in this country; and eventually globally. These research projects that involve human cells and human genes are very sensitive issues legally and ethically. I think we as people need to address these issues more before anything gets settled.

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