|"‘Each of us originated as a single-celled embryo … [T]he fact that a human lacks some particular capacity, or even is going to die, does not justify experimenting on that individual, or exploiting him or her as a natural resource.’" |
|White House report on stem cell research|
WASHINGTON (BP)--On the eve of a debate on embryonic stem cell research in Congress, the White House released a 64-page report Jan. 10 arguing that human embryos are worthy of protection and that recent scientific developments using alternative forms of stem cells will make stem cell research with embryos unnecessary.
"In sum, it increasingly appears that the qualities researchers value in embryonic cells may also exist in other stem cells that are easier to procure, more stable to grow, safer to use in therapies, and free of the ethical violations of embryo destruction," the report, written by the White House's Domestic Policy Council, states. "There is a gathering consensus among experts, thanks to technical advances, that today’s heated controversies over research that harms embryos could fade in the future."