Lots of Opinions Out There
A lot of the news recently has actually been editorial or opinion pieces. I wanted to just give links here to a few of them if you are interested in seeing what's being said.
“Stem-cell research splits U.S. Republicans.” Reuters, 2-17-06.
This article discusses election year issues related to stem cell bills. It describe show many Republican candidates are finding themselves stuck in the middle.
“Stem cell debate: Ethics vs. new jobs.” Detroit News, 2-19-06.
This article focuses on the issues in the state of Michigan. Some people believe that the state’s strict rules on stem cell research are hurting business and the state economy. Others says that you can’t put business concerns ahead of ethical issues.
Anne’s opinion—this is an insoluble debate because people don’t agree on what constitutes human life. Most people would not support an economy based on murder, and would agree that’s not what is wanted. But if you don’t see hESC research as murder, then you have a very different opinion than those who do.
(Of course I wonder about those states whose economy benefits from having defense contractors busily building weapons designed to kill people. . . . Anyone saying that they should kick those firms out, or restrict their research?)
“Time for stem cell research.” The San Francisco Chronicle, 2-19-06.
This opinion piece discusses the California Prop. 71 issues and raises a number of question that need to be resolved for embryonic stem cell research to proceed. The author supports hESC research with proper guidelines.
“Of mice, men and stem-cell research.” The San Francisco Chronicle, 2-20-06.
This onion piece discussed the hybrid or chimera research that is going on and argues for regulation and bipartisan support.
“Adult stem cells a better option than embryonic cells.” The Buffalo News, 2-21-06.
This opinion piece argues in favor of adult stem cells over embryonic stem cell research.