Tuesday, 17 February 2004
New Zealand researchers want the right to either create human embryos or use spare ones to grow stem cells. Stem cells are used in research that might one day provide cures for conditions like Parkinson's Disease.
The spare embryos are left-overs from in vitro fertilisation treatment, and they're destroyed anyway, once there's a successful pregnancy.
What do you think? Is it okay to use human embryos for medical research?
A good overview of stem cell research from all angles can be found at the user-made encyclopedia, wikipedia .
havenworks.com has a news site devoted to the latest developments in human embryo research and the uses of stem cells.
And for a more dramatic use of human embryos, check out newscientist 's summary of the issues involved in human cloning.