Originally posted by Justin Poggioli:
Gregg, interesting point, but let me take this a step towards the non-religious.
Lets suppose you do believe in the all powerful God. If we are successful in cloning a human, God new it was going to happen, he allowed it to happen and has given that life a soul. If you disagree with any of the above statements aren't you saying that we are more powerful than God?
God invented masturbation, I masturbate. He invented sex, and God willing I get myself some every once in awhile.
Researchers at Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, Mass., said Sunday that they had succeeded in cloning human embryos, but that their plan is to develop genetically compatible replacement cells for patients with a range of illnesses � not to eventually clone human beings themselves, as critics charge.
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human being (n.)
any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae
from the link you just re-posted:
Dr. Michael West, president of Advanced Cell Technology, said his company wanted to use stem cells extracted from the embryos...
from a Chicago Tribune article posted at: http://www.wilberforce.org/partner/Article_Display_Page/0,,PTID3585|CHID1019 93|CIID1184532,00.html
Most striking of all was testimony from Judy Norsigian of the Boston Women�s Health Book Collective (current editor of the benchmark feminist text Our Bodies, Ourselves). To describe her as pro-choice would be akin to describing the pope as Roman Catholic. Yet she, too, spoke, in her case vehemently, against all cloning.
One special moment of theater came during questioning when, in a conversation with Richard Doerflinger, she agreed that "the embryo is not nothing." Abortion-rights advocates argued that maternal rights trumped fetal rights; in this case there were no maternal rights.
Using cloned human embryos for research
The nucleus in removed from an unfertilized human donor egg. The gutted egg is then laid side by side with a skin cell that contains genetic material.
Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
Why that makes it an true embryo - as in capable of becoming a complete human being - it a bit unclear to me.
It is an embryo because it was "bathed in chemicals that changed its concentration of charged particles, reprogramming it"
Why that makes it an true embryo - as in capable of becoming a complete human being - is a bit unclear to me.
...regardless of how they say it, they are saying, "Well, I created a human life, then I destroyed it. Aren't I smart?"