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Embryo bill was a victory for science

28th May 2008

Adam Rutherford, podcast editor at the science journal Nature, writes in The Guardian that the Embryo bill vote was a victory for science.

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The response from the right-wing press may have been predictably negative but we got everything that we asked for from the human fertilisation and embryology bill to enable the progress of research into stem cell biology.

AN Wilson, writing in The Mail, envisaged the demise of men in the UK while fantasising about a disease-free Britain but it was all gibberish.

Wilson suggested that scientists were becoming more arrogant and reiterates the unending anxieties about ethics but the simple truth is that “biological science now walks hand-in-hand with ethics.�

The legislation that permits this science is restrictive, not permissive, meaning scientists must consider the wider “societal implications of their research.�

While there are accusations that scientists are primarily motivated by the progress of their careers, most have devoted their lives to creating knowledge which will in turn help people while often funded by very limited resources. Science is a “never-ending process that helps people.�

Anti-stem cell campaigners talk about the sanctity of human life and about protecting dignity but when it comes to the “epitome of dignity� look no further than actor Michael J Fox.

Accused of exaggerating his Parkinson’s symptoms, he brushed aside the nastiness with a reasoned plea to encourage the research that will help him and millions of others.

The new bill is a step forward for the Michael J Fox’s of the world who have Parkinson’s and other conditions. Science is the only way we can help humankind.

 

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