Thursday, August 24, 2006

A Breakthrough in the Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy?

All over the web in the wee hours of this morning (as it will be later today in the MSM newspapers and TV outlets) is the news of a Nature article signaling the end of the embryonic stem cell controversy. Here's just one example.

But it might take a little time to sort through what is science, what is hype and what is the media's limited understanding in this matter. For instance, this story (via the L.A. Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer) suggests that the questions and the connected moral controversies are far from over even if all the claims of the Massachusetts scientists prove accurate.

Pro-life bioethicist Wesley Smith, over at his blog Secondhand Smoke, agrees.