October 22nd 2005


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EDITORIAL: JI's blood-stained prints on the Bali bombings

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Howard's biggest gamble since the GST

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Public outcry against human cloning

NEW ZEALAND ELECTION: How Helen Clark snatched victory

CLIMATE: Don't get steamed up over Arctic melting

ISLAM: Why Indian Muslims reject extremism

SCIENCE AND RELIGION: The rise and rise of Intelligent Design

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Too many crooks spoil the broth / Turkey's EU membership and some masterful wedge politics by Austria / Cultural revolution / Look back in anger / Marriage of science with home economics / The decoy ducks

SCHOOL FUNDING: Giving parents greater choice

DRUGS: New cannabis strategy urgently needed

MEDIA: Media authority blasts Ten's 'Big Brother Uncut'

OVERSEAS TRADE: Australia trading at a loss - myth and reality

ENERGY: US Pushes for energy self-reliance

Media cover-up of Saddam's WMDs (letter)

Rural Australians betrayed (letter)

Embryo vs. adult stem-cell research (letter)

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Embryo vs. adult stem-cell research (letter)


by Brian Harris

News Weekly, October 22, 2005
Sir,

The human embryonic stem cells, in their natural place, can build a human heart in only 20 days, which is amazing.

However, morally speaking, to extract stem cells from the innocent embryonic human being, which subsequently dies, is gravely wrong and has no benefit whatsoever.

The adult stem cell, however, has had many successes in over 60 conditions and has proved beneficial to those with breast cancer, leukaemia and Krohn's disease and even spinal cord injury, to name but a few.

As distinct from the embryonic stem cell, there are no moral issues as the adult stem cell comes from the patient's own body and thus suffers no rejection problems.

Finally, it is important to lobby the Federal Government for the vital health dollar in favour of the highly successful adult stem cell research to date.

Brian Harris,
Hadfield, Vic.




























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