RE: BIO/ETHICS: Human Brain Cells in Mice

From: Barbara Lamar (
Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 11:55:53 MST

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Greg Burch

>... Weissman said. ``(But) it is in the domain
> of the ethicists, not the experimenters, to figure out what our
> limits are."
> This kind of statement REALLY bugs me... to the extent that it reflects a
> defference to "ethicists",
> I feel it represents a kind of moral and general philosophical cowardice
> on the part of the people doing this kind of work, which ultimately fuels
> a mistrust of the entire enterprise by non-technical people.

This bothers me too, for the reason Greg stated, and also because it implies
that "official ethicists" are the only people capable of figuring out the
difference between right and wrong. Speaking for myself, I'm not ready to
turn that task over to an elite group of experts.


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