Human Exceptionalism

For “The Scientists” It is Never Enough

Anyone who believes that Bush funding embryonic stem cell research with leftover IVF embryos would satisfy “the scientists” just aren’t paying attention to the constant whining by Brave New Britain’s scientists who have what amounts to a virtual blank check. Regulators there permit human cloning, permit the creation of human/animal hybrids, permit scientists to pay women for their eggs by reducing the price of IVF treatments, and still they whine that the regulations are too restrictive and that the government is delaying CURES! CURES! CURES! From the story:

Life-saving medical research will be held back by draconian new consent laws planned for embryonic stem-cell experiments, a group of leading scientists tell the Government in a letter to The Times today. The Government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will delay vital research by requiring all tissue used to create cloned embryonic stem cells to have the explicit consent of its donor, the experts say.

Good grief! Shouldn’t people have to at least consent before their tissues are used in cloning experiments, which after all, results in a near identical genetic twin? And my critics wonder why I claim that “the scientists'” theme song should be Anything Goes.

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