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Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells 92

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from the me-an-the-other-me dept.
cyachallenge writes "Scientists say they have, for the first time, cloned human embryos capable of producing embryonic stem cells. 'We had to find the perfect combination,' Mitalipov says. As it turned out, that perfect combination included something surprising: caffeine. That ingredient, plus other tweaks in the process, including using fresh eggs and determining the optimal stage of each egg's development, Mitalipov says."
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Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 16, 2013 @11:01AM (#43741173)

    So if one has any sort of ethical dilemma with harvesting stem cells from embryos under the notion that such willful destruction of embryos is equivalent to premeditated homicide, this particular technique shouldn't make those people breathe any easier, and in fact, may be cause for them to scream even more outrage at the notion that, to use words they might throw around, "they are creating even more people to deliberately murder".

    Yes, but you're talking about people who think the Earth is 6000 years old and are conceptually unable to differentiate between an acorn and a tree, a brick and a bulding, or an egg and a chicken, and therefor cannot differentiate between an embryo and a human being. The opinions of those who cannot think critically, and cannot differentiate between that which has the potential to become a person and an actual person, should have absolutely no bearing on the direction if science, or indeed on any scientific discussion. Fuck them, in other words.

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