Submission from Mary Frances Dysko
An embryo is a human being from conception,
and as such should be treated with the utmost respect. We risk
seriously jeopardising the medical and scientific professions
through an erosion of this attitude.
The mixing of human and animal genetic material
through the replacement of the nucleus of an animal egg to form
a modified gamete, subsequently fertilised by human sperm is one
such examplemanifesting a breakdown in the perception of
value of the human embryo. This is unacceptable as a way of circumnavigating
the problem of legal definitions of human embryos and unnecessary
from a scientific perspective.
The said white paper document should be radically
modified to underscore a more respectful approach to human beings
from conception with considerable emphasis on the scientifically
proven fact that the use of embryos for stem cells is, anyway,
a manifestly weaker avenue for research than that of using adult
stem cellsgiven that progress in the latter area has been
groundbreaking on a tiny percentage of the global funds that destructive
embryo research (practically fruitless) has received. What is
more, if embryonic stem cells really must be used, these can be
derived from both cord blood and amniotic fluid, without the need
for human embryo farming.
Science should be guided by discerning and noble
aims and not be reduced to a destructive game to find out anything
and everything which is at all possible. We risk repeating serious
historical errors if we ignore this principle and will only succeed
in obstructing true scientific advance and degrading our perception
of human life.