|Dr Evan Harris, |
Liberal Democrat MP and science spokesperson
This research is very pro-life. The life of a clump of cells smaller than a pin-head the pre-14-day-old embryo does deserve some respect. But the lives of people with cancer, diseases such as Parkinson's and organ failure who could be saved by the development of stem cells deserve to be given a higher value.
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There is widespread agreement that the huge philosophical and ethical implications of these developments have not been considered fully.
|Coalition of 11 religious leaders representing Church of England, Free Church, Jewish, Muslim, Roman Catholic and Sikh traditions|
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|Parkinson's Research Interest Group |
Those who oppose this development need to show good reason why people with chronic illnesses should be denied advances in medical treatments that would substantially improve their quality of life.
| |The cloning of human embryos would be like a bursting of a dam. ... Once human embryos are cloned and used for the breeding of organs, there would immediately be attempts to go further. |Dr Piete Liese, |
Member of the European Parliament
|Lord Hunt, |
Junior Health Minister
The human embryo has a special status, and we owe a measure of respect to the embryo. But we also owe a measure of respect to the millions of people living with these devastating illnesses and the millions who have yet to show signs of them.
To rush to approve the destruction of embryos in order to harvest and experiment on ES cells is inadvisable and unnecessary. We should address the ethical concerns first.
|Frank E. Young, |
Reformed Theological Seminary, Fourth Presbyterian Church, USA
|Professor Julia Polak, |
Director of the Tissue Engineering Centre at The Hammersmith Hospital, London
I may feel sorry about two or three cells but also I care about the millions of cells that are a human person.