Sunday, September 23, 2007

Stem cell

A few days ago, I already announced the University Channel podcast, was going to pay attention to the stem cell issue again. Stem Cell Research: Science, Ethics, and Prospects, a panel discussion with Dr. Gregory Eastwood, interim president of Case Western Reserve University. Insoo Hyun, Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Case Western University. Horst von Recum, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, offered, in my humble opinion, slightly less than the lecture by Douglas Melton. It did not present too much new information and was maybe hampered by the order in which I heard both podcasts.

What they have in common is that, in my experience, they take more of the technical perspective. That should not surprise for a podcast coming from a university and it filled a very large gap in my factual knowledge, so that the political ethical discussion could be elevated. But as of this point, I feel a great need to hear a pure ethical discussion and have some conservative standpoint be the starting point.

I hope UC podcast will offer that, if not they, then maybe some other podcast. A search on 'stem cell' in the iTunes directory gave hardly anything but science results, nothing tagged philosophical, religious or such. A search on Google, got me a Christian bio-ethics podcast. Maybe I'll get round trying that one.

Cartoon: Gary Markstein
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