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A Time for Restraint

Science  25 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5457, pp. 1424
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5457.1424

Abstract

The debate on the use of human embryos for research will be one of the more important issues of the 21st century. Unlike recombinant DNA technology, embryonic stem cell research most probably will result in the destruction of living embryos. Many people consider this research immoral, illegal, and unnecessary. Therefore, it is imperative to proceed cautiously. Federal funding of research using human embryos or pluripotent cells derived from them would be inappropriate until further resolution of the ethical issues has been achieved.