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June 18, 2018

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Stem Cell Research: A Question of Life?
Last Featured: 7/29/2002

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The claims of a Massachusetts bio-tech company that it successfully cloned a human embryo has re-ignited the debate over embryonic stem cell research. The scientists say they only want to use the cloned embryo to make stem cells for research – research that has sparked hope for cures for everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. But stem cell use has also become embroiled in political, medical and ethical controversy. President Bush’s plan to allow federal funding for research only on stem cell lines already in existence, drew strong and divided reactions. Some considered it a workable compromise, others saw it as a virtual ban, while still others believe it opens the door to human experimentation.

Richard Doerflinger is Deputy Director of the Secretariat for Pro-LifeActivity for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops where he has workedfor 21 years. He is responsible for the Conference’s policy statementsand congressional testimony on abortion, euthanasia, human embryoresearch and other issues of medical ethics. He is an adjunct fellow inbioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethic Center inBoston and he holds a master’s degree in divinity from the University ofChicago.

Arthur Caplan is a trustee, professor and Director of the Center forBioethics at University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the AdvisoryCommittee for Blood Safety and Availability for the US Department ofHealth and Human Services. A former health policy advisor to theClinton Administration, his latest book is “The Ethics of OrganTransplants, The Current Debate.” Caplan received his master’s anddoctorate degrees from Columbia University.

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"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."

— Author Isaac Asimov

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