The A.D. Times, Thursday, February 10, 2005
Story (with photo) by Tara J. Connolly highlights the public forum, "Petri's Box ? The Promise and Peril of Stem Cells," sponsored by the Baranzano Society on Jan. 31, at DeSales. The panel of experts included Gregory Harper, M.D., chief of cancer services at Lehigh Valley Hospital; Father Peter J. Leonard, OSFS, molecular biologist at DeSales, and Brian S. Misanko, biology professor at Cedar Crest College, and director of nuclear medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital. The stem cell issue was described as one of the greatest bioethics issues of America and perhaps the world. The majority of the debate centered on the use of stem cells derived from human embryonic tissue. The participants presented viewpoints on embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells, and compared logics for their use. Embryonic stem cells are derived from embryos leftover from invitro fertilization techniques or embryos created for research. Adult stem cells are derived from regenerative cells of the human body that have the ability to specialize and develop into other tissues of the body. Embryonic stem cell research is controversial because the embryo, considered by many as "early human life" is destroyed in the process.
Press Release: Panel at DeSales discusses "The Promise and Peril of Stem Cells" | Posted on: 2/10/2005
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