The Buzz: Of Cells and Men

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If you didn’t catch Tuesday’s edition of Your World with Neil Cavuto, here’s what you missed:

On Tuesday the complex process of Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer took center stage on Capitol Hill.  The question: Should the same process that was used to produce Dolly — the world's first cloned sheep — be used on human eggs and human cells?

Following hours of debate that pitted potential scientific benefits against moral principles, the House voted 265-162 to ban all cloning of human embryos.

"A ban at this point is the only sensible approach that would make sense given the ethics of morals of our times," said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.

But proponents of the technology disagree.

"To think we're going to hold back this sort of technology by basically restricting basic research is just putting your head in the sand," said Dr. Gregory Stock, director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA's School of Medicine.

"Human cloning is a side show," Stock insisted.

Here’s what you had to say about the issue:

It has been reported that there were failures before Dolly came to be. What happens to the "mistakes" in cloning? Who takes care of them? Who loves them? Do you destroy human clone failures? Is this where science wants to take us? Mother Nature just might take care of us if we let her & stop trying to manipulate the natural process of life. Lets go back to the days when all life was considered a potential gift to mankind.
Robbie C.

So the scientists successfully clone a human body. What then? Do we demand from God that He supply the spirit to go with that body? Or do we end up with human tissue that is only a zombie?… Why don't we let God be God and take care of creation while we try to find a right relationship with Him?
Ed E.
Huffman, TX

What man can dream up man can eventually do. I read a book a few years ago about a company that took stem cells from a new born and unbeknown to the government cloned a living child and when  the original child became ill or needed a body part, said organ etc. was taken from the cloned child to give to the original child for a replacement part.  Is this truly what the American public want?  I sure hope not.
Katherine C.
Vero Beach, FL

As a fundie-Christian, I must depart from dogma and agree that stem cell research would save or improve lives. Part of Christian Doctrine is the belief that giving a life to save a life is a noble venture in God's eyes. And since the embryos are going to be discarded anyway, which is worse, throwing it away or using it to help others?
Ron H.
Oceanside, CA

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