MD Calls Harvard-Children's Hospital Embryonic Research Plans 'a Shame'
By Mary Rettig and Jenni Parker
June 9, 2006
(AgapePress) - The executive director of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) says it is nothing short of a tragedy that Harvard is teaming up with a Boston hospital to clone human embryos.
On Tuesday, scientists at Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and Children's Hospital Boston announced they will be working to clone human embryos to generate stem cell lines for disease treatment. The Harvard Gazette reports that after more than two years of intensive ethical and scientific review, HSCI and Children's Hospital have been cleared to begin experiments using somatic cell nuclear transfer to create disease-specific stem cell lines in the hope of developing treatments for a wide range of afflictions that are presently incurable.
Christian physician Dr. David Stevens, who heads the CMDA, says it is a shame that news of this announcement has escaped widespread media attention and has made barely a ripple in the headlines. Human lives are being extinguished, he points out; and moreover, this type of research is developing human embryos for the sole purpose of experimentation. the rest