Brona McVittie reports :: August 2006

Creating and destroying human embryos is a feature of infertility programmes across the globe. Concerns about the fate of ‘spare’ embryos have sparked some rather altruistic actions. Human embryonic stem cell research is controversial because, until recently, it too involved destroying embryos, which is why the US won’t fund it. However, Nature now reports the extraction of stem cells from human embryos without harming them. But while ethical stem cell research is within reach, what of the social and ethical issues surrounding the fate of IVF embryos?

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What do you think of the snowflake scheme? Will the Bush administration revise their federal funding policy on embryonic stem cell research in the face of ethical stem cells?