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Worries About Backlash Over Embryonic Stem Cell Hype

Some scientists are beginning to worry that proponents of ESCR and therapeutic cloning have overhyped their case. To say the least! And now they worry about a backlash and want to lower expectations. Sorry. Too late.

The coming disenchantment will be terrible because science is one of the few remaining institutions that retains the people’s respect. Unfortunately, proponents have so politicized science in the search of a massive infusion of government funding that the sector now spins and distorts like any other special interest. Moreover, the billions that may be thrown at this research is unlikely to earn a return any time soon, perhaps leading to the next “dot com” bust. If pride goes before a fall, what does hubris and arrogance lead to?

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