Aussie Minister unconvinced on stem cells

Aug 20, 2006

Australian Health Minister Tony Abbott says there is no evidence that stem-cell research will lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of diseases.

Abbott told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that despite a recent favorable report on therapeutic cloning of stem cells, he did not think current regulations on stem-cell research should be changed.

Prime Minister John Howard said earlier this week he would allow a free vote on the issue if it came before Parliament, and a Liberal senator announced she was developing a bill to overturn the ban on therapeutic cloning.

Abbott called talk of a stem-cell research breakthrough "a lot of peddling of hope," but said there is no evidence that "radical research techniques are actually going to produce the breakthroughs that some of the more evangelical scientists are claiming."

He said therapeutic cloning was the "slippery slope" toward human cloning.

The opposition Labor Party's health spokeswoman, Julia Gillard, called Abbott's remarks "inappropriate" and said he should "focus on the facts."

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Extreme weather kills 2,000 in U.S. each year: CDC

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Physicists discuss quantum pigeonhole principle

11 hours ago

The pigeonhole principle: "If you put three pigeons in two pigeonholes at least two of the pigeons end up in the same hole." So where's the argument? Physicists say there is an important argument. While the ...

Giant crater in Russia's far north sparks mystery

13 hours ago

A vast crater discovered in a remote region of Siberia known to locals as "the end of the world" is causing a sensation in Russia, with a group of scientists being sent to investigate.

NASA Mars spacecraft prepare for close comet flyby

14 hours ago

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.

Recommended for you

User comments : 0