As a New York Times says today (from a Reuters story), we were enamored by the promise of embryonic stem cells–and two certain papers gave us hope.
The 2005 paper caused a sensation because the findings raised hopes that embryonic stem cells could one day be used to create genetically specific tissue to treat ailments such as severe spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s disease.
Further, we see that a fraud has taken place:
Medical researchers say the episode — which has shocked and shamed many South Koreans who had dubbed Hwang a hero — is one of the biggest cases of scientific fraud in recent history.
The two papers were a 2004 report on producing the first cloned human embryos for research and the second was a 2005 paper on producing the first embryonic tailored stem cells.
What is amazing is that public policy, including a vote here in California, were swayed by such a fraud. Furthermore, I have seen nothing in the MSM (main stream media) that challenges the conclusions and weighs the ramifications of public policy made.
Of course, science is not the problem here, just a philosophy that weighs human life of one group over another–a sort of natural selection of embryos verses those desiring to be healed of diseases. A problem in having true ethical debate is the fallibility of ambitious scientists and the elites who deify their findings over biblical values.
Will we see policy and funding change now that we know the truth about embryonic stem cells?
Read more here: New York Times: Scientist Faked Cloning Research, Report Says; or, from here at Yahoo News: S. Korean scientist claims proof he made stem cells., or here at CNET news.com: Co-author says key parts of stem cell study faked