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BAMAPHIN 22
06-07-2006, 09:53 AM
Stepping into a research area marked by controversy and fraud, Harvard University scientists said Tuesday they are trying to clone human embryos to create stem cells they hope can be used one day to help conquer a host of diseases.

"We are convinced that work with embryonic stem cells holds enormous promise," said Harvard provost Dr. Steven Hyman.

The privately funded work is aimed at devising treatments for such ailments as diabetes, Lou Gehrig's disease, sickle-cell anemia and leukemia. Harvard is only the second American university to announce its venture into the challenging, politically charged research field.

The University of California, San Francisco, began efforts at embryo cloning a few years ago, only to lose a top scientist to England. It has since resumed its work but is not as far along as experiments already under way by the Harvard group.


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DrAstroZoom
06-07-2006, 11:04 AM
I thought this was illegal.

Celtkin
06-07-2006, 11:12 AM
I thought this was illegal.

I believe that it is only illegal to use Federal dollars to fund the research. In this case, private contributions are being used. What that means is that the lab has to be fully equiped, housed and staffed without any Federal grants or funds

DrAstroZoom
06-07-2006, 11:13 AM
That makes sense.

ILPhinFan88
06-07-2006, 11:52 AM
I believe that it is only illegal to use Federal dollars to fund the research. In this case, private contributions are being used. What that means is that the lab has to be fully equiped, housed and staffed without any Federal grants or funds



That facility better have really good security, this is just looking for major protest/bombing etc.

mor911
06-07-2006, 02:34 PM
Just imaging the possibilities... 3-4 hundred Mor's running around...

Wait, that's possibly happeneing in Puerto Rico. :mor911:

PassRush
06-07-2006, 02:44 PM
Just imaging the possibilities... 3-4 hundred Mor's running around...

Wait, that's possibly happeneing in Puerto Rico. :mor911:
:sidelol: :sidelol:

miamikid92
06-07-2006, 03:12 PM
why would you want to clone someone?

Dolfan5000
06-07-2006, 03:31 PM
I'm all for it, it's so promising and at the same time unethical but since I'm an optimist so I say go for it.

ABrownLamp
06-07-2006, 03:56 PM
why would you want to clone someone?

Not for cloning other people. But for cloning hearts, livers, pancreas...etc. It's actually a really important study. The medical breakthroughs and advances will be incredible if they are ever able to pull this off.

ABrownLamp
06-07-2006, 03:57 PM
I'm all for it, it's so promising and at the same time unethical but since I'm an optimist so I say go for it.
Whats unethical about it?

Miamian
06-07-2006, 04:23 PM
This is all still new and we're fumbling around. We can't begin to fully assess ethical issues. By the time that we will or could be able to do so, we probably will have violated many ethical principals already.

miamikid92
06-07-2006, 05:03 PM
Not for cloning other people. But for cloning hearts, livers, pancreas...etc. It's actually a really important study. The medical breakthroughs and advances will be incredible if they are ever able to pull this off.oh, i thought they meant like to make a new person with the same looks and everything as another

Timmy54
06-07-2006, 10:32 PM
Not for cloning other people. But for cloning hearts, livers, pancreas...etc. It's actually a really important study. The medical breakthroughs and advances will be incredible if they are ever able to pull this off.

well put!! we need the organs, thousands of people die every year waiting on transplant lists. This would be a great supplemental organ pool

d-day
06-07-2006, 10:38 PM
Just imaging the possibilities... 3-4 hundred Mor's running around...

Wait, that's possibly happeneing in Puerto Rico. :mor911:

:chuckle:

The Rev
06-07-2006, 10:40 PM
This is all still new and we're fumbling around. We can't begin to fully assess ethical issues. By the time that we will or could be able to do so, we probably will have violated many ethical principals already.

:yes:

Dolfan5000
06-07-2006, 11:07 PM
Whats unethical about it?
Using the embryos

dolphan117
06-07-2006, 11:19 PM
why would you want to clone someone?Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie. Mail order brides. :yes: