Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Stem Cell Divide @ National Geographic Magazine

A very good introduction to stem cells.

FWIW: my view is that the Bush polikcy on stem cells is OK. My view is colored by the knowledge that

1) payoff from this research is 2 generations away (20+ years).
2) to most scientists, it is less of an ethical debate than one of academic freedom and a funding grab.
3) I'm happy that a national leader is willing to draw a reasonable ethical line in the sand. Part of this is simply pleasure in ANY position, but I think Bush's position of "the research is OK, but don't make those who don't like it pay for it," is fair.
4) pro-stem cell rhetoric - featuring appeals to "help Christopher Reeve walk again," doesn't pass my my "well-intentioned" sniff test.

The Stem Cell Divide @ National Geographic Magazine

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With my new friends on the Great Wall of China

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China
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