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Stem Cell Research / South Korea / Cloning Controversy #790475

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(New York: Robert Bazell) South Korean scientists’ creation of stem cells that can be customized for each patient’s needs featured; details given about the controversial process that involves steps toward making a human clone and about the ambiguity over stem cell rules in the US; animation shown. [University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Gerald SCHATTEN†- explains the significance of the breakthrough.] [Seoul National University Dr. Woo Suk HWANG†- denies developing human beings.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The division among Congressional Republicans over federal funding for stem cell research examined; details given of pressure from moderates to change the law to allow research on new stem cells from human embryos; Republican Main Street Partnership ad shown; letter from the Catholic Church quoted. [March 20, Representative Jeff MILLER†- supports emergency legislation to save Terri Schiavo.] [Representatives Michael CASTLE†, Mike PENCE††, Senator Orrin HATCH - offer differing views on funding stem cell research.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The views of Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk† of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and Ruth Faden† of the Berman Bioethics Institute at Johns Hopkins University on the ethics of stem cell research & cloning presented in their own words. [PACHOLCZYK – speaks against creating life in order to destroy it; says we can choose viable & morally acceptable alternatives.] [FADEN – says this work should not be prohibited; states the issue is how you think of the moral status of this early embryo.] NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.

Williams, Brian;
Bazell, Robert;
Williams, Pete

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