Cell Division

August 2001
National Review;8/6/2001, Vol. 53 Issue 15, p14
This article focuses on the debate over federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells in the United States. Advocates of the research point to various public opinion polls which suggest that most Americans, even most pro-lifers, support this funding. Some libertarians are supporting the idea embryonic stem cells should be treated like any other human cell and should not be destroyed in the research. They say that opposition to embryonic stem-cell research is not fair, because early embryos are human only in the same sense that every human cell is human. Finally, supporters of the research claim that many of the embryos destroyed in conducting this research are slated for destruction or deep freeze.


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