In his speech last night, President Bush gave a green light to federal funding for stem cell research on human embryos. It may be the most significant decision of Mr. Bush’s young presidency, and the most controversial.
Questions about when life begins and the limits of science have stirred debate around news rooms and dinner tables for months. Now that the President has made up his mind, the debate moves to Congress.
Ready or not, we’re driving into a brave new world, a frontier of science that could bring new cures and raises new ethical questions.
Adrienne Asch, Professor of Biology, Ethics, and the Politics of Human Reproduction at Wellesley College;
Mike West, CEO, Advanced Cell Technology;
Frank Foer, staff reporter for The New Republic.