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The Unchosen Frozen - William L. Saunders

The moral problems raised by human embryonic stem-cell research (or embryo destruction) and the disposition of "excess" frozen embryos are so closely related to in vitro fertilization that Americans need to rethink the assumptions supporting the procedure.  Email This Article

The Views of the Holy See on Human Cloning - The Holy See

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The Wisdom of Repugnance - Leon R. Kass

If we should not underestimate the significance of human cloning, neither should we exaggerate its imminence or misunderstand just what is involved.  Email This Article

The Wrong Tree - Wesley J. Smith

Adult — not embryonic — stems cells may be our future.  Email This Article

Theology or embryology? - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Embryonic stem cell researchers typically marshal several arguments to encourage public approval and funding for their research, which requires the direct destruction of five to seven day old human embryos.  Email This Article

To clone or not to clone - Michael Cook

Whether or not embryos should be cloned and then destroyed for their stem cells has been one of the hottest issues in science this year. James Sherley, a professor at MIT, says that the use of cells from cloned embryos is scientifically and ethically dubious.  Email This Article

To Stop a Flood - National Catholic Register - editorial

Faced with what most observers thought was a decision for or against funding research that destroys human embryos, President Bush chose a third option: To fund research on human embryos that have already been destroyed, but whose cell lines are being kept available in labs.That means that federal funds won’t go to the destruction of human embryos. That’s no small thing in today’s climate. At the same time, it would have been better to withhold money for any destructive research, whether the victims are dead or alive.  Email This Article

To the Congress on Life-Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State - Pope John Paul II

"A man, even if seriously ill or disabled in the exercise of his highest functions, is and always will be a man, and he will never become a 'vegetable' or an 'animal'", the Holy Father said on Saturday, 20 March, to participants in the International Congress on Life-Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas.  Email This Article

Together in Darkness - Sheila Cassidy

“Oh Death, where is thy Victory?” sings the choir, and I look up wearily from my notes and mutter, third bed on the left, behind the curtains, oh, and down in resusc.  Email This Article

Welcome to Our Brave New World: An Interview with Wesley J. Smith - John Zmirak

Will the cost of biotechnology's alleviation of human suffering be our acceptance of a ‘Brave New World,’ where scientists wield godlike power to refashion our biological nature? If so, we will not get there in one giant leap. Rather, we will descend into the darkness in small steps, all but unaware that the shadows are lengthening.  Email This Article

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