Friday, February 23, 2007

Stem cell talk on University of Delaware campus


Rae D. Stabosz
Telephone: (302) 731-7692 (night),
(302) 981-5059 (cell)

The Controversy Over Stem Cells: Is It Crazy to Care About Embryos?

NEWARK, DE – February 22, 2007 – Is it right or wrong to destroy human embryos in order to conduct research that may save lives?

Delawareans will tackle this question again when they advise their legislators on Senate Bill 5 (SB5) as it comes to a vote in March. SB5 would authorize the destruction of existing human embryos and the cloning-and-destruction of new human embryos for research purposes. Will this benefit humankind or is it a step into the Brave New World?

On Thursday, March 8, 2007 in 104 Gore Hall at the University of
Delaware, Dr. Mary Ann McLane will explore the science and the ethics of embryonic stem cell research. The talk will run from 7-9 pm, with refreshments and a light reception afterwards.

Dr. McLane, Associate Professor of Medical Technology at the
University, is a teaching and research professor with expertise in
cancer cure research. Her publications include "New insights on
disintegrin-receptor interactions: eristostatin and melanoma cells", which investigates the role of naturally occurring proteins called disintegrins in retarding the growth of tumor cells. She has given presentations around the state on the topic of stem cells, cloning, and the parameters of ethical stem cell research.

This talk is sponsored by Catholic Scholars of Delaware, the Pro-Life Vanguard at the University of Delaware, and The Saint Thomas More Oratory.

For further information contact Rae Stabosz at 302-981-5059.

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