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A Closer Look (Custom Cure) #790419

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) South Korean scientists' breakthrough in stem cell research with cells customized for patients introduced. {Note: local weather map on screen}

(New York: John McKenzie) Custom stem cells that are genetically unique for each person examined; details given of the medical potential for stem cells & of the ethical issues; diagrams shown of the process of therapeutic cloning. [Harvard Stem Cell Inst. Dr. George DALEY†- says this is a spectacular leap forward.] [Johns Hopkins Medical Center John GEARHART†- says now we can give patients cells that match them.] [Family Research Council David PRENTICE†- opposes creating human cells for experimental destruction.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The political opposition in the US to the cloning of human embryos for stem cell research & a bill to ease curbs on this kind of research noted.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
McKenzie, John

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