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Ethics and organ donation

When you get to the bottom of the issue of organ donation, there are two main arguments used against pro-lifers in their concerns about the practice: dying patients don’t need organs anyway and improving another person’s life is a truly pro-life position. Neither argument holds any water. Regarding the first argument, the moral principle is simple: it is never ... (Continue reading)

Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk and the great Korean cloning caper

The spectacular rise and fall of maverick South Korean cloning “hero,” Professor Hwang Woo-Suk, a veterinarian and professor of biotechnology at Seoul National University, is being taken as a lesson in the power of media hype. Despite the fact that most reputable specialists in cloning had believed such ... (Continue reading)

Don’t believe the stem cell hype

Paul Tuns and John-Henry Westen The Interim U.S. researchers and a sycophantic mainstream media are trumpeting the latest embryonic stem cell “discovery” – stem cells that are derived ethically from embryos. According to the scientific magazine Nature, Massachusetts-based biotech firm Advanced Cell Technology has developed a procedure that removes single cells from early-stage embryos without always killing ... (Continue reading)

Health agency alters rules to make embryo research Special to The Interim The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is the government body overseeing Canadian experiments in cloning and use of embryos for research and was the major lobbyist in favour of the unrestricted use of living embryonic human beings for destructive medical research.... (Continue reading)

Stems cells linked to ‘genetic errors’ Special to The Interim Human embryonic stem cells have long been known to be unstable and difficult to control. In some cases, where they have been used directly in therapeutic trials, the use of embryonic stem cells has been disastrous for patients. Now, a researcher from Johns Hopkins University, an institution that has backed the use of ... (Continue reading)

Frist’s embryonic research betrayal draws wide condemnation Special to The Interim In a speech in the U.S. Senate at the end of July, Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader, broke radically both with President Bush and his own past statements by supporting a bill to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.... (Continue reading)

Frist’s fumble on stem cells

Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the Republican majority leader in the United States Senate, is a medical professor, heart-transplant surgeon and sincere Christian, who spends much of his vacation time serving as a medical volunteer in clinics for AIDS patients in Africa. Speaking in the United States Senate on July 29, he made the best conceivable case for a bad cause – embryonic stem cell research. “I ... (Continue reading)

Canada joins embryo stem cell club

By Paul Tuns The Interim Researchers at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto have produced Canada’s first embryonic stem cell lines and are boasting about this country being a leader in curing various diseases and ailments. Some scientists, however, say those involved in the ground-breaking science are overstating claims as to the kind of cures that may come from the unproven research. Dr. Andras Nagy, a senior researcher at Mount Sinai, said the new ... (Continue reading)

The Cancer Research Society offers an ethical alternative Special to The Interim Pro-life Canadians who want to donate money to medical research often find themselves in an ethical dilemma. Most organizations supporting disease research in Canada have policies supporting the use of human beings at the embryonic stage for living research test subjects. On March 4, 2002, the Cancer Society wrote in a media release: “The Canadian Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) fully support, and will ... (Continue reading)

Korean creates and kills clones for research Special to The Interim Once again South Korean scientist, Dr. Hwang Woo-suk has made international headlines by creating a number of cloned human beings intended to be killed and harvested for their stem cells. The doctor, whom the National Post called a Korean “folk hero” for his work in human cloning, has obtained stem cells from clones created from ... (Continue reading)

Dolly creator to clone humans for research

EDINBURGH — Professor Ian Wilmut of the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland, the famed “creator” of Dolly the sheep, has been given the green light to use and destroy human embryos in cloning experiments. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority gave Wilmut permission to study motor neurone disease. Research cloning has been permitted in ... (Continue reading)

Umbilical cord a great source of stem cells Special to The Interim Umbilical cords continue to surprise researchers as an abundant source of stem cells. The Feb. 9 Toronto Star reported that a group of scientists at the University of Toronto has discovered what they are calling the “jackpot” of stem cells in a mass of jelly found ... (Continue reading)

Everything you need to know about our ‘brave new world’

Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World by Wesley Smith (Encounter Books, $38.95 in bookstores or $35.00 through the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, toll free at: 1-877-439-3348, 219 pgs ) Reviewed by Alex Schadenberg The ... (Continue reading)

The Interim’s top stories of 2004

Canada 1. Bill C-6 passes The government's reproductive and experimental technologies bill will lead to the deaths of untold millions of tiny human beings through destructive embryonic stem cell research and opens to the door to human cloning through poor definitions and loop-holes. 2. Social conservatism and the Canadian election Prime Minister Paul Martin and his media accomplices inject the topic of abortion into the federal election, although everyone carefully avoids ... (Continue reading)

Scientists nearing headless clonal farms

DELHI, India - In 1997 a article the New York Times stated that headless human cloning for organ harvesting would occur within ten years. Scientists now claim to be close to that goal. Speaking at the Conquest Over Mortality conference of the International College of Surgeons, P.B. Desai, an oncologist and former director of the Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Centre said it is just a ... (Continue reading)

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