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The Great Stem Cell Hoax

The research promises results about a half century from now.

Aug 20, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 46 • By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
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That is why the House action banning all cloning was so important. The Senate must demonstrate its seriousness, too. Now that the president has permitted only research from existing stem cell lines, the Democratic Senate is sure to try to loosen that standard and permit stem cell research from discarded fertility clinic embryos as well. But until Congress has demonstrated its seriousness about preventing the creation of embryo factories for exploitation by banning cloning completely, it cannot be trusted on any question regarding human manufacture.

Charles Krauthammer is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard.