Tuesday, June 07, 2011

“Good Ethics Makes for Good Science”

Wesley J. Smith, Secondhand Smoke a FirstThings blog

Legatus magazine asked me to write a column on the stem cell issue, and so I did. From “Good Ethics Makes for Good Science:”

Have you noticed that the stem-cell controversy rarely makes the news these days? There’s a reason: The greatest advances in stem-cell research over the last decade have not involved cells taken from destroyed embryos. That doesn’t fit the media template of embryonic stem cells being the “gold standard” for regenerative medicine, and indeed, the “only hope” for people struggling against diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson’s. Hence, advances that would have resulted in screaming headlines if accomplished with embryonic stem cells, barely caused a ripple and in many cases weren’t reported at all. Read more

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