Scientists often believe that if something can be done it should be done. But that’s not always true.
The subtitle of Mary Shelley’s famous novel “Frankenstein,” was “The Modern Prometheus.” The reference is to the Greek legend about the tragic consequences of endowing humanity with god-like power. Shelley’s Frankenstein is about a scientist operating without regard for moral and ethical constraints.
All of this comes to mind after reading about a proposal coming out of a scientific conference in Madrid. There, researchers from Israel and the Netherlands announced a potential new source for human eggs to be used in in-vitro-fertilization treatments: aborted female fetuses.
Speaking at a meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, the researchers said that they have “kept ovarian tissue from aborted fetuses alive in the laboratory for several weeks.”
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