PRE-FACE – Saturday, December 04, 2004
Between Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi, they've quite a steroids scandal blowing in MLB. Between Kojo Annan, Saddam Hussein, Kofi Annan, and Vladimir Zhirinovsky, they've quite a corruption (oil for food) scandal blowing at the United Nations. About which one are people hearing from the mainstream?
The still don't have an official winner in San Diego's mayoral contest of last month. Republican Mayor Dick Murphy defeated Democrat Ron Roberts and narrowly nipped write-in Dem Donna Frye, but a court is now going to determine if Frye's candidacy violated the city charter and a new election should be held between Murphy and Roberts.
To make matters more interesting, the 4th district court of appeals must first determine whether it has jurisdiction to hear the case.
Scientists are presenting the President on two ways to harvest human embryonic stem cells with taking the lives of the unborn. One involves taking cells from dead embryos created to treat infertility. The other involves intentionally botching a cloning procedure so that the result is not per se human and not an embryo. They sound to be intriguing options, but if they prove doable, would they satisfy the abortion advocates who see stem cells as a means to widen the legality of the practice?
Regarding that last item on Stem Cells. From the observations I made over the course of this past semester, there's a large desire within the scientific community to use ESCs for research. They don't look at it as a pro-life vs. choice issue. Rather, they see it as a portal to further discovery.