Science is a wonderful thing, but we need to be patient. False promises do not help

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on December 6, 2007

Amen to that! The Yorkshire Post today has more on Ian Wilmut’s decision to stop his cloning research and pursue the latest developments with iPS cells.

“It’s very exciting, but it took quite a few months for me to decide to switch my area of focus,” he says. “I first heard about the technique in June, but it took a while for me to have the confidence that it would work. It is a much longer term project, but I honestly believe it will be much more useful

“Certainly using skin cells is much easier to accept socially than the use of embryos, but this was very much a personal decision and I still think we need to continue to work in both areas. For me the only ethical debate in terms of the use of human embryos was the risk, albeit a small one, in harvesting the eggs and the fact they are needed for fertility treatment. It was that ethical dilemma which seemed increasingly hard to justify.”

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