A reader sent me this article.
A major research project is to be announced this week that will culminate in three years with the first transfusions into human volunteers of “synthetic” blood made from the stem cells of spare IVF embryos. It could help to save the lives of anyone from victims of traffic accidents to soldiers on a battlefield by revolutionising the vital blood transfusion services, which have to rely on a network of human donors to provide a constant supply of fresh blood.
So now we go with an unwilling human donor and kill them in the process.
But developing blood made from the cells of spare IVF embryos will raise difficult ethical issues for people not happy with the idea of destroying embryos to create stem cells. It also raises the intriguing philosophical question of whether the synthetic blood will have come from someone who never existed. In theory, just one embryo could meet the nation’s needs.
As far as intriguing philosophical arguments go – that one is rather lame. This just does not matter and if we ware able to do this ethically with adult stem cells it would just be no question at all. Plus the idea that just one human embryo, in theory, will do is silly. As if the very first human embryo they killed would be all they needed. Though even if only one person was to be killed it is still intrinsically evil.
Scientists in other countries, notably Sweden, France and Australia, are also known to be working on the development of synthetic blood from embryonic stem cells. And last year, a team from a US biotechnology company, Advanced Cell Technology, announced that it has been able to produce billions of functioning red blood cells from embryonic stem cells. But the US work had been held up because of funding problems dating back to the ban on embryonic stem cell work under the Bush administration. President Barack Obama has since reversed that policy.
Will the lies never end? Nothing prevented them legally from this research since the only ban was for federal funding. Advance Cell Technology as Wesley Smith has amply documented is a publicity seeking enterprise that uses press releases to raise venture capital and make claims that are often just made up.