October 18, 2005
The continuing controversy over embryonic stem cell research may have come to a significant breakthrough.
Two teams of scientists have provided the first definitive evidence that embryonic stem cells can be grown in laboratory dishes without harming healthy embryos.
Ethicists and scholars believe this could solve the moral problem that led President Bush to ban federal funding of embryonic stem cell research if the human embryos are destroyed in the process.
Young embryonic stem cells can be grown into virtually any kind of tissue, including nerves to replace those destroyed by spinal injuries and cardiac muscle to fill in for cells lost in a heart attack.
Watch the pro-abortion lobby to object, saying the results from mice are uncertain, will take too long to perfect and cost too much.
They will use any excuse in order to remove the few remaining protections for human life at any stage.
But amazing things can happen when we don't play God, or allow science to be God.
And stem cells from mice embryos may provide the solution all of us want, but not at the price of destroying tiny humans.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.