Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Embryonic stem cells and the presidential race

I published a short commentary in Italian - God, science, and research: the challenge of the primaries - on the American presidential campaign and the embryonic stem cells (ESCs) debate.

In the piece, I note that, while general questions of biomedical research and its funding have not been to the forefront of the campaigns and the debates, the ESCs debates has. I then argue this state of affairs is primarily determined by the fact that because ESCs questions are intertwined with much burning questions: on one hand, freedom of religion and the proper role of government; on the other hand, questions of civil rights, and in particular the balancing of a woman’s right to chose to have an abortion against the interests of an embryo and a fetus.

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