Ethically uncomplicated stem cells

Science is rescuing us from moral mazes says Andrew Sullivan in last weekend’s Sunday Times. He was referring to the discovery that stem cells could be made from human skin cells. Unfortunately the scientists who made the discovery had to use a cancer gene and a retro virus but this should be a big boost for this branch of research and remove a lot of the ethical questions surrounding the destruction of embryos. (Via Dangerousmeta)

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4 thoughts on “Ethically uncomplicated stem cells”


  1. Andrew Sullivan is a dubious source of information.

    The scientists who made this discovery have already stated that Bush’s restrictions on funding set back this area of science by years and that the discovery doesn’t obviate the need for embryonic cells.

    In all honesty the debate is ridiculous. Every day thousands of embryos are spontaneously aborted. Pregnancy is a risky event and loads of things can cause it to end early. Genetics, stress, illness, diet, etc, etc. We as a society let millions of born humans starve to death and allow/cause millions more to die in war.

    Even without that context I find nothing morally troubling with abortion, but within that context I find overblown concern about abortion morally troubling.


  2. Many people do find abortion troubling though, and they have a strong voice. I see this as a step in the right direction. If you can placate those who object to embryonic cell research isn’t that a good thing?


  3. Again, it does not replace the role of embryonic stem cells in research. So what it means is that people with diabetes and other diseases that could be helped will die waiting.

    So no, I don’t much care about who it placates. Placating ignorant people in a way that causes others to die or suffer is morally wrong.

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