Medical News and Perspectives
August 9, 2000

Debating Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Research

JAMA. 2000;284(6):681-682. doi:10.1001/jama.284.6.681

Cambridge, Mass—Anarchist Emma Goldman once said, "If I can't dance, I'm not coming to your revolution." Eric Lander, PhD, director of the Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Genome Research here, pointed out at a spring meeting sponsored by his institution that a similar sentiment could be expressed about the current genetic revolution. The technologies spawned by this radical change increasingly impact society, promising enormous benefits but also raising many concerns. Members of society must grapple with these issues to ensure the science is put to optimal use, and so help choreograph a dance to their liking.

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