Defending Freedom Of Research

An excellent op-ed from the Joplin Independent hits the right notes: "Rep. Emery seems to believe that a small group of undifferentiated cells - with no brain or nerve cells, no awareness, no thoughts or feelings and never destined to be implanted in a human womb - is the same thing as a human baby. Because of his belief, which to me defies common sense, he would halt medical progress and condemn our children and grandchildren to the same diseases, the same pain and suffering that we face today. We can do better; we should do better; as a state, we must do better. [Therapeutic cloning] is the bright hope of regenerative medicine, and if pursued diligently, it could someday empower physicians to do more to restore their patients' health than previous generations dreamed possible."


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