The President's decision to eliminate all progressive voices from his Bioethics Council is bracketed by two events in Korea:
- First, researchers cloned human embryos and extracted stem cells from them.
- Now researchers have developed a method for extracting stem cells from frozen embryos.
Park Se-pill, head of Seoul-based Maria Biotech Ltd, said in a statement he and his colleagues had, with the consent of those responsible, harvested seven stem cells from 20 frozen embryos, due to be discarded after being used at in-vitro fertilization facilities.
While our government actively works to shut down the entire field of regenerative medicine, huge strides are being made elsewhere in the world. Will we ever catch up? It depends on whether we ever get to enter the race.