With the advent of the internet combined with a seemingly endless book queue (If I ever showed up missing Police would start checking book stores first) I don’t spend much time watching tv and when I do it is sans commercials courtesy of a DVR. I do look forward to SciFi channel’s line up on Friday nights (along with Monk). Normally the explanation of science in these shows are full of explanations that don’t bear close scrutiny. What do you expect though when answers to complex scientific and medical situations are almost always arrived at within the 42 minutes or so of time. Last night though as I watched my recording of Stargate Atlantis they added a bit of modern SF, that is embryonic stem-cell advocacy. One of the main characters Lt. Col. John Shephard had been bitten by the Wraith girl Ellia who had taken a retrovirus that basically turned her into variation a Iratus bug (what the Wraith had evolved from). John Shephard also begins the transformation and Dr. Beckett begins human embryonic stem-cell treatment. Now this part of the script was pretty close to reality and not SF, because the treatment didn’t work. The Doctor then decides that he actually needs embryonic stem-cells from the Iratus bug because "Embryonic stem-cells are the best." Wow, just great while wanting to just kick back and relax I have to be hit over the head with ESCR advocacy, though I guess I don’t know why I should be surprised. Though I guess ESCR is fitting for SF show or maybe it would be more fitting for fantasy .
Now I guess though that embryonic stem-cells taken from the Iratus bug would not be morally problematic considering that these are irrational creatures. On the mission to get some of these bugs from a cave two people were killed. Dr. Weir refused to risk anymore lives to save one person. But it seems to me that after allowing the use of human embryonic stem-cells to try to save one life what is the difference if some more are killed? Yeah I know it is only a television show but this is only a blog so I can rant if I want.