Arnie Levitt, Solon, Iowa, USA
I strongly disagree with Paul Kokoski's letter to DS ( June 3) which criticises embryonic stem cell research.
These cells have no human lives. An embryonic stem cell is not even a fetus. It is a cluster of about 150 cells the size of the period at the end of this sentence. They are currently discarded anyway. Why do opponents of this research think it is more moral to wash stem cells down a drain than to use them to help save and improve millions of lives? You and I have lives, embryonic stem cells do not.
If opponents insist on thinking of embryonic stem cells as having "lives," why not think of them as soldiers who are sacrificed to protect all of us in the war we are all fighting to stay healthy.
No words can accurately describe the horrific symptoms that accompany diseases like Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's, muscular distrophy, diabetes and stroke, to name a few for which embryonic stem cell research holds great promise. These conditions manifest themselves with unbearable pain, disfigurement, mental incapacitation and amputation .