Human Exceptionalism

Details about James Kelly “Muffling” Incident

I have been asked to provide more details of the incident, mentioned in a previous entry, in which James Kelly was forcefully prevented from telling Christopher Reeve about advances in spinal cord injury research using adult stem cells. I am happy to oblige. Here is Kelly’s account of the incident from a column linked below for the Seoul Times:

“Later that year I debated the practicality of cloning with Reeve at the New York Academy of Sciences. At Reeve’s request I tried to tell him of an adult bone marrow clinical trial for ALS and SCI in Turin, Italy. But as I began to speak I was physically muzzled from behind by the scientific moderator of the debate. While I struggled to pull his hands from my mouth, fifty reporters looked on in stunned silence and Reeve’s handlers quickly wheeled him from the room.

Not a word of this reached the public and Reeve remained in the dark.”

For those interested, the entire column, which is about adult stem cell research, it is well worth reading.

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