Monday, March 08, 2004

A Bad Case of Sour Grapes

Elizabeth Blackburn feels snubbed for being replaced on the President's Council on Bioethics. She claims that the range of views on the subject of cloning is narrowing, but she fails to consider this statement made by chairman of the council, Leon Kass, regarding her replacement: "Most fundamentally, this change [Blackburn's replacment] reflects the changing focus of the council's work, as we move away from issues of reproduction and genetics to focus on issues of neuroscience, brain and behavior."

The cloning debate was not resolved to her satisfaction; and now that the Council is moving on to other subjects, Dr. Blackburn has a bad case of sour grapes. With any luck, she'll come upon a cure soon, and it won't involve harvesting any stem cells.


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