The left side of the Cheddarsphere thinks its all that in criticizing Mark Green's proposal to spend $25 million dollars on research which seeks to create pluripotent stem cells without destroying the embryo from whence they came. Xoff gathers 'em up. The nature of the criticism seems to be that he wants to devote money to an "unproven" technology rather than the "proven" embryo-destructive research.
Of course when it comes to the ultimate objective, i.e/, curing people, both technologies are unproven. Embryo-destructive research has yet to help its first person, but its proponents think that it might. We haven't yet learned how to create embryonic stem-cell lines from a biopsied stem cell (which we do know can be taken without destroying the embryo), but some researchers think we might and, in fact, some recent work (although it did not itself accomplish - or even attempt - the task)suggests that it might work. Other lines of research seek to "tease" adult stem cells into pluripotency.
Green suggests addressing an ethical dilemna and, all of a sudden, the "pro-science" forces want to shutter the lab. Some of this is undoubtedly simple partisanship, but some may well be a recognition that we need to discard the notion that human life has intrinsic value if we are to move into a utilitarian future. I can countenance political hacksmanship. But the latter really bothers me.