Thursday, May 19, 2005

Ugh....And Then There's This

From The NYTimes:

In what scientists say is a stunning leap forward, a team of South Korean researchers has developed a highly efficient recipe for producing human embryos by cloning and then extracting their stem cells.

Writing today in the journal Science, they report that they used their method to
produce 11 human stem cells lines that are genetic matches of patients aged 2 to 56.

"It is a tremendous advance," said Dr. Leonard Zon, a stem cell researcher at Harvard Medical School and president of the International Society for Stem
Cell Research, who was not involved in the research.

The method, called therapeutic cloning, is one of the great hopes of the stem cell field. It produces stem cells, universal cells that are extracted from embryos, killing the embryos in the process, and, in theory, can be directed to grow into any of the body's cell types. And since the stem cells come from embryos that are clones of individuals, they should be exact genetic matches. Scientists want to obtain such stem cells from patients to study the origin of diseases and to develop replacement cells that would be identical to ones a patient has lost.

Hey, I have a great idea that will help many, many people who need transplants. Why don't we just kill people we don't like and then take their organs? I mean, they did it in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

Wait, what's that you say? It's inherently evil to take innocent human life like that?