I suppose if it is to be, it's up to me, so let's get it going here:
There is much more to the article on USA Today if you'd care to look but before (or maybe after) you do, I'd like to make a couple of points here:Q&A: Stem cell study enters new era
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
At a White House ceremony attended by scientific leaders, President Obama on Monday ordered the National Institutes of Health to issue guidelines removing the Bush administration's limits on human embryonic stem cell research funding within 120 days.
Obama also ordered the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy — in a "Scientific Integrity" memorandum — to create a plan to fill federal science positions solely based on merit and to insulate them from political interference. "Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings," says the memorandum...
When Obama, in making that announcement, called for "appropriate safeguards," allowing research "only when it is both scientifically worthy and responsibly conducted. We will develop strict guidelines, which we will rigorously enforce, because we cannot ever tolerate misuse or abuse," he did not (that I could see) obviate the potential that donating fertilized eggs to a laboratory could now become similar to a college student giving blood so he can have enough money to party the next night.
DO YOU see any safeguards against "harvesting embryos" becoming a new and profitable cottage industry?
Do I also understand correctly that recent advances in the use of ADULT stem cells (that do not require depriving any human potential) make the use of ESC's unnecessary? Don't they now have ASC's that behave like ESC's?
O.K., now RELEASE the HOUNDS...