Thursday, January 8, 2009

location is everything

The title of a blurb by Nathan Faries in Touchstone, where he takes issue with Northwestern's Jack Kessler for his comments during the PBS documentary Mapping Stem Cell Research.

Kessler said:

It's not an embryo like we're used to thinking of an embryo. It's in a dish. It has no possibility of becoming a human being unless it's implanted in the woman's uterus.

Faries' response:

Kessler may be right, of course. I'm certainly not used to thinking of human beings on dishes or in dishes. That's just silly. The thing couldn't be a human being....Feel free to disagree-- maybe we shouldn't put humans in dishes. Maybe very small humans actually belong in a mother's uterus.


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