Science & Technology: Biotechnology
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Canada Enters the Clone Age
Cloning has leapt from science fiction to science fact. Once merely the realm of imagination (a duplicate Elvis, a rink full of Gretzkys, or an army of Hitlers), the science of cloning, for medical advance or for reproduction, has raced ahead of public policy and ethical debate. From cloned cows to UFO cults, for better or for worse, Canada finds itself in the centre of the clone age.
Stem Cells: Scientific Promise, Ethical Protest
Stem cell research brings with it both promise and protest. The promise is that it may help treat diseases such as diabetes, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, but opponents of stem cell research protest its use of human embryonic cells. In 1963, Canadian scientists James Till and Ernest McCulloch identified and named stem cells, and through the decades Canadians have continued to be at the forefront of both scientific research and the ethical debate over stem cells.