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April 7, 2004

Embryo Research

JAMA. 2004;291(13):1634-1635. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1634

Few areas of scientific inquiry have been as fraught with moral and political controversy as that of human embryo research, especially research with human embryonic stem cells and research cloning. While such research has tremendous promise for producing therapies to cure diseases and repair injuries, it has met with opposition from those who believe it is morally impermissible to destroy embryonic human life. At the heart of the controversy are competing views about the meaning and value of life, and much is at stake in how we choose to mediate the conflicting views at the level of public policy.

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