“Scientists have developed what appears to be a safer way to create a promising alternative to embryonic stem cells, boosting hopes that such cells could sidestep the moral and political quagmire that has hindered the development of a new generation of cures. The researchers produced the cells by using strands of genetic material, instead of potentially dangerous genetically engineered viruses, to coax skin cells into a state that appears biologically identical to embryonic stem cells.”
This is the irony of the whole fetal stem cell promotion initiative. Fetal stem cell research has contributed nothing in the way of progress to the therapeutic use of stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have, and this finding continues the trend.
I am hard put to conclude that the public proponents of fetal stem cell research are really seeking to further the agenda where amoral reproductive technology ethics prevails. They therefore, on the face of it, oppose anything that might ascribe human dignity to the unborn, the fruitlessness of their research not withstanding.