Cloners Eggs-periment with Disaster


Human embryoWhile millions of people were busy hiding eggs for kids, scientists were hunting for eggs. Human ones.

While researchers in London are growing noses, ears, and blood vessels with ethical stem cells, some scientists are still stubbornly plowing ahead with their morally dubious methods. Just last week, scientists from the U.S. and Korea broke the news that they had successfully created cloned human embryos , then killed the young humans for their embryonic stem cells.

While not the first successful human embryo cloning, it is the first time any scientists have used the DNA from adults to create the cloned human embryos.

By showing that it’s possible to refine the technique and make clones (even embryonic clones) of adults, it brings us even closer to the threat of using this technique to gestate and birth human cloned children. Not surprisingly, some of the more deceptive scientists call this possibility nonsense, but the cloners themselves admit that their embryos could develop into babies if implanted in surrogate wombs.

To keep from alarming people, they insist they only want to “harvest” cells from the unfortunate clones for lab research and cures. Of course, what they neglect to mention is that there are zero cures or treatments available from embryonic stem cells — whether from clones or not. The only bona fide successes, the only successful stem cells, are ethical adult stem cells.

But don’t take our word for it. Take the patients’ — like Jackie, who just beat Lupus with the help of adult stem cells (ASCs) and starred in a new FRC video talking about it. Until these headlines, most of the debate over stem cells had died down — a casualty of the vastly superior adult stem cells (ASC), which have been treating actual patients for years.

The consensus became even more obvious when money for embryonic stem cell research started quietly shifting to the ethical and effective alternative of ASCs. With adult stem cells successfully treating more than 80 diseases and conditions, several experts declared an end to the stem cell race. Last Thursday’s announcement won’t change that, but it will certainly make the conversation more interesting.

Editors at the Washington Post cheered this latest development, insisting that “ethical worries” shouldn’t hold the researchers back — even though many believe this path could lead to outright human cloning. “The procedure is not perfect. It took a lot of eggs to record a few successes.

Moreover, it is the sort of technique scientists would use if they were trying to engage in reproductive cloning — creating full formed human beings who are exact genetic copies of other human beings.”

Obviously, you can’t make an embryo without breaking a few eggs — and that’s exactly what FRC’s Dr. David Prentice is concerned about. He and our government affairs team are working to ensure science is bridled by ethics and that research that takes innocent human lives is prohibited. Even theWashington Post, despite its support for this “brave new world,” recognizes the need for some scientific accountability.

And that’s exactly what Congressmen Dan Lipinksi (D-Ill.) and Andy Harris (R-Md.) were aiming for with their Human Cloning Prohibition Act. Under their bill, any person or entity would be barred from cloning or attempting to clone a human being. For now, the bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee, where news like this should help speed up a hearing on the issue.