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A Korean company tries to short circuit bans on cloning and stem-cells.

12:00 AM, Oct 24, 2005 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
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If such a "right to research" were to be declared by the Supreme Court, it would destroy society's ability to place any meaningful moral checks and balances over scientific experimentation, leading to our domination by science. And if the suit were lost, some legislatures might be tempted to exercise too heavy a hand. At the very least, scientists would feel more alienated and unappreciated than they apparently do now.

Scientists and bioethicists often complain that society is becoming anti-science. But perhaps the real problem is that many biotechnology boosters increasingly act as if popular beliefs about the wrongness of human cloning are irrelevant, indeed, that only the views of the privileged caste of scientists should count. Defiant proposals such as the World Stem Cell Foundation only add to this perception.

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow for the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His current book is Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World.