Re: Stem Cell Debate --Banned in the USA

Date: Wed Aug 01 2001 - 15:40:42 MDT

From: Eugene Leitl

On Wed, 1 Aug 2001, Anders Sandberg wrote:

>>And a good example of why we need to counteract the real source of the
anti-cloning/anti-stemcell (note how they cleverly mixed up the
concepts) ideas: the essentially romantic conception of nature as
being perfect, the moral standard and unlawful to tamper with.<<

>What's Asia's position on the matter? I don't recall hearing anything
negativistic from there. It would be a nice illustration that legal
barriers are just an exercise in futility, pushing R&D to other places,
who then profit from it.<

? Good question.

>I'm really bemused: people are generating so much pointless ado about
cloning/stem cells? Either the emotion is vented because people feel very
flesh and bone is being usurped by Evil Science, or they really have no
clue about what is in the pipeline.<

We need more opportunities to better educate society, a stronger presence in society and a way to counter alarmist responses while dealing understandably to appropriate concerns. Pro-Act was designed to do this. The only reason we have had to stall for the past month is because of my health. Hopefully, we will be able to deal with the above with knowledge and assistance from our large pool of pro-biotechnology enthusiasts and revered scholarly names.


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