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09/01/2010

McGee: Back on the Embryonic Stem Cell Merry-Go-Round, But Going In A New Direction

On the Bioethics Channel, Dr. Glenn McGee, the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, stakes out his own position regarding the recent U.S. District Court judge’s decision to deny federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

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McGee’s view? First, that no one yet in the discourse has come up with a unique position regarding this issue, whether bioethicist, pundit or politician. Thus, this is just the same old merry-go-round brought back to life again.

Yet, this time around the debate is just a LITTLE bit different….

There is no longer the debate, says McGee, that pits adult stem cell research versus embryonic stem cell research. Instead there are separate debates over what kind of adult stem cell research is merited and others over what kinds of embryonic research (if any) can be done with federal funding.

Want to hear McGee for yourself? Click here to listen to McGee’s take on the issue.

Summer Johnson, PhD

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