Saturday, April 30, 2011

Embryonic Embargo Ended?

Is the presence of an embryo an indication of life?

In what seems to be a run-up to a Supreme Court challenge, a U.S. Court of Appeals has ended a prohibition of the use of federal funds for embryo stem cell research. This fight is far from over, and it is no stretch to say that this will end up being addressed by the nation's top court.

Click on this link to get some sense of what an embryo is and how it develops:

Be forewarned: the pictures are graphic. This reference implies that life is discernible at just before six weeks. It makes you wonder just what could be if left to develop naturally.

The research is said to important in understanding how disease can be conquered. However, what price does our species play when we terminate and experiment on the least empowered of our own?

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