Senate Weighs In On Stem Cells

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. “We should not close the door on a form of scientific research-nuclear transplantation-that has the potential of curing millions of debilitating and life-threatening diseases,” said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), one of the cosponsors of the letter.

To hear the local Republicans on this issue, it’s a decided thing that even research on the existing stem cell lines is some sort of pact with the devil. It’s nice to see that at least in some parts of the country (conservative Mormon Utah, even) that you can be a Republican, even a pro-life Republican, and still support research with the potential to save lots of, well, human lives. I’d say with 6 kids that Mr. Hatch’s “go forth and multiply” pro-life bonafides are pretty well established too.

Now if only we could get rid of this twilight zone, anti-cloning hysteria that threatens research into producing replacement organs.

Of course, what might be best would be for the government to let scientists do science and then, if they really must, regulate the technology it produces as necessary for the protection of life, liberty and property. Which in the case of someone deciding that actually cloning a human being is a good idea would amount to enforcing the 14th Amendment vis-a-vis the clone.

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