A University professor compared the logic behind destroying embryos for stem cell research to the logic behind genocide at a Christian Faculty Forum discussion Wednesday.
"My opinion is that science can do better than this," said Russ Carlson, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.
Carlson presented an objection to embryonic stem cell research at the CFF meeting for this month.
"I know I have colleagues who would disagree with me," he said to the 30 professors from various fields in attendance.
He used several peer-reviewed journal articles to support his argument of using adult stem cells instead of the embryonic variety.
"Adult stem cells offer a less problematic solution," he said in regards to moral and scientific challenges to the field.
Adult stem cells are cultured from sources such as umbilical cords, fatty tissue and the spleen, yielding similar cells without destroying any embryos.
Embryonic stem cells, derived from embryos at an early stage of development, have been researched for their potential to treat numerous diseases, including cancer and physical disabilities.
Carlson said embryonic stem cells pose many risks to the health of patients, including tissue rejection and tumor formation.
He also brought up studies by the President’s Council on Bioethics — formerly known as the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) — a group of advisers to the federal government.
"NBAC says embryos should be respected," Carlson said. "How do you respectfully destroy something?"[Source]