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MEDIA ADVISORY, Nov. 3 /Standard Newswire/ -- The battle over stem cells continues to stir up controversy as Election Day draws near. In
Amendment 2, which claims to ban human cloning, will give researchers a constitutional right to use a procedure called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) to create human embryos and then destroy the embryos for their stem cells.
“It’s a sophisticated shell game of semantics to say that this amendment will ban human cloning,” continues Rana. “Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer is cloning. This level of dishonesty is jaw dropping--unbelievable bias!”
SCNT is the same procedure that was used to clone Dolly the sheep.
“Not only is cloning repugnant, but embryonic stem cells offer very little prospect for success,” Rana states. “We so often hear about the potential benefits of embryonic stem cells, but never the pitfalls of this technology.”
Embryonic stem cells tend to form tumors when implanted into tissue, they are susceptible to acute rejection, and are genetically unstable in laboratory culture.
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“There are groups of people who stand to gain a great deal if Amendment 2 passes. Unfortunately, it is not those who are ill, suffering or in a wheel chair,” Dr. Rana concludes. “It’s time we set aside all the politics and emotions--and yes, economics--and start to really care about saving human lives.”
Fazale Rana, Ph.D. is the vice president for science apologetics at the science/faith think-tank, Reasons To Believe, Rana did his undergraduate work in chemistry at West Virginia State College. He did his post-graduate studies at
After completing postdoctoral fellowships at the universities of Virginia and Georgia, he worked for seven years in product development research for Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining the scholar team at Reasons To Believe in 1999, he published more than 15 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and made more than 20 presentations at international scientific meetings. Dr. Rana also coauthored a chapter on antimicrobial peptides for Biological and Synthetic Membranes and he holds one patent.
Since joining Reasons To Believe he has chaired three conferences and has written two books published by NavPress, Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face Off and the Amazon.com bestseller, Who Was