This is the second story I have seen in the last two weeks along these lines. Apparently, the political-scientists’ intentional blurring of “stem cell research” with “embryonic stem cell research,” is chilling the way forward in areas that are not ethically contentious. If these advocates were truly “pro science” they would pointedly avoid such confusion not intentionally sow it, and then such problems would not arise.
Stories like this reinforce my view that many ESCR/SCNT advocates are not “pro science,” but rather, seek to alter fundamental cultural values. In other words, they are ideological advocates and the embryonic stem cell/cloning issue is about more than a simple dispute about the extent and terms of federal funding.
HT: Rebecca Taylor (again)