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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

 
Some of the latest news items on the status of embryonic stem-cell research:

1. More than a millon Americans who suffer from the debilitating neurological disorder Parkinson's disease are likely to be among the first to benefit from promising advances in embryonic stem cell research, unless political controversy keeps slowing down the process, scientists said Monday. Read the article

2. Burt Aaronson is hopeful, but also realistic about whether the Florida House of Representatives will vote to place a constitutional amendment on the 2008 ballot, authorizing millions in state support for stem cell research.

Some 60 percent of the both the House and Senate must approve any proposed amendment before it can be placed on a ballot. Beyond that, some 611,000 signatures must be gathered.

Aaronson said his group, the Florida Coalition for Embryonic Stem Cell Research (CESCR) "will continue working on a petition to get enough signatures" despite a lack of House support.
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3. Earlier this year, the University of Connecticut and Yale each recruited a top-notch stem cell researcher, each with impeccable credentials at a prestigious university.

Haifan Lin, at Yale, and Ren-He Xu, at UConn - each, as it happens, originally from China - have a chance to do something no one has done in Connecticut since Igor Sikorsky screwed a metal blade with an engine onto a cockpit. They can launch an industry that truly drives growth in the state.

The bait that lured them here was a $100 million fund set up in 2005 by the governor and the state legislature in response to President Bush's backward-thinking ban on federal funding for certain embryonic stem cell research.

Bush's ban brings a fascinating double edge.
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4. Billboards along Missouri highways promise that if voters approve a stem cell measure on the November ballot, their loved ones could be saved from debilitating diseases.

Opponents of embryonic stem cell research cry foul. They point out that while adult stem cells have been used to treat people for years, embryonic stem cells have yet to save even a single life.

Both positions contain a grain of truth and a mound of hype.
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