Welcome to Phase II of our website, where we celebrate the triumph of ethical stem cell research, and work towards repeal of laws that permit cloning and experimentation on human embryos.
The 'iPS' revolution in stem cell science in November 2007, which rendered cloning redundant, was called "an earthquake for both the science and ethics of stem cells". That earthquake has created a rupture so radical that we need to divide our web information into 'pre-iPS' and 'post-iPS'.
The relevant material from 2003 to 2007 remains the foundation of our argument for ethical stem cell research. It will be brought across from the mothballed site to this site in due course. However, the times have changed so dramatically that it was not helpful to direct people to the old site any more. Watch this space....
Now, post-iPS, our Blog aims to keep you up to date with the most relevant breaking news and commentary on this exciting field of science, ethics and politics. __________________________
As an overview of the revolution in stem cell science since 2007 and why cloning is both wrong and redundant, see our national director's peer-reviewed article, "An Obituary for Human Cloning" (October 2010)HERE.
This national association of Australian doctors, scientists and concerned citizens was established in 2001 to promote ethical stem cell science while opposing cloning and experimentation on human embryos.
Representatives of AESCR have presented to Senate enquiries into embryo research and cloning (2002, 2006) and briefed MPs on cloning in five State parliaments.
In 2006 our National Director, Dr David van Gend (pictured above) was invited to address members of the US Senate and Congress on advances in adult stem cell science in Australia and their relevance to the international debate on cloning.
“DO NO HARM” is the key phrase of the Hippocratic Oath, “primum non nocere”.
As an essential principle of moral philosophy, non-malfeasance, “DO NO HARM” affirms that the ends do not justify the means.
In the current context of cloning, that means it is not permissible to create human embryos solely for research; it is not permissible to sacrifice one life for the benefit of another life.