Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion.

It's been reported in the science journals but not highlighted in the national media that stem-cell scientists are moving their entire labs out of the U.S. and into Asia in order to continue research. For leaders of a field of scientific inquiry to pack up and leave the country to work elsewhere is a new phenomenon -- and the resultant brain drain is growing.
clipped from www.nytimes.com

Published: November 20, 2007
Now that biologists in Oregon have reported using cloning to produce a monkey embryo and extract stem cells, it looks more plausible than before that a human embryo will be cloned and that, some day, a cloned human will be born. But not necessarily on this side of the Pacific.

American and European researchers have made most of the progress so far in biotechnology. Yet they still face one very large obstacle — God, as defined by some Western religions.

While critics on the right and the left fret about the morality of stem-cell research and genetic engineering, prominent Western scientists have been going to Asia, like the geneticists Nancy Jenkins and Neal Copeland, who left the National Cancer Institute and moved last year to Singapore.

Asia offers researchers new labs, fewer restrictions and a different view of divinity and the afterlife.

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