Thursday, December 20, 2007

Stem Cells

A couple of crappy arguments are thrown up in this op-ed on stem cells.

There does need to be some caution. Embryonic stem cells, to date, have not produced a single therapeutic cure -- not one.

True. But there's no cure for HIV either, and I don't hear De Souza clamouring for us to stop that.

Cloning still remains a potential future source of embryos. Because there is an elementary moral objection to creating embryos solely to be destroyed in the course of research, some scientists have turned to "surplus embryos," left over after fertility treatments.

That's your elementary objection, not mine.