Ethics and science
“Why should we throw away assisted fertilization embryonic cells that will never be used? Shouldn’t we utilize them for research instead? Discarding them is not only against science, is against logic and common sense too. How would you explain it to ill people? They, especially the most unlucky, know perfectly well that research on embryonic cells will tell us if in the future we will be able to cure diseases with stem cells, in case also adult ones.
As doctors and researchers we have been following with great dismay the news and statements regarding the possibility of treating patients who have severe nervous system diseases using "stem" cells, without any scientific evidence and through procedures that are not accepted by national and international rules. Our first concern is protecting patients and their families, who bear a large burden of suffering and are naturally and understandably open to any element of hope for their loved ones.