Monday, October 18, 2004

One humanity, but two types of cloning

href="http://www.mg.co.za/content/l3.asp?cg=Insight-
CommentandAnalysis&ao=123928" target=_blank>Unlike many topics at the
complex interface between science and politics, the key issues in the
cloning debate are relatively straightforward. Proponents of the use of
stem cells taken from human embryos argue that, in principle, these
could eventually be used as replacement human tissue in the treatment
of diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, as well as damage to
the central nervous system. Critics of the research argue that even
though the embryo from which the stem cells are taken has been
fertilised for less than 14 days -- and hence is still a bundle of
undifferentiated cells -- it should be considered a human being, with
full human rights.


posted by ryan griffis  # 3:53 PM

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