Thursday, March 12, 2009

Politics: Clinton interview with Gupta over embryonic stem cell research

In this video, Bill Clinton is being interviewed over embryonic stem cell research by Sanjay Gupta (our next Surgeon General, no, I'm not kidding). Clinton obviously has no idea what he is talking about when he says, & I quote, "If it is obvious we're not taking embryos that can, that, under any conceivable scenario, would be used for a process that would allow them to be fertilized & become little babies..."

Apparently, Clinton skipped that day in biology class when they taught that what defines "embryo" is a fertilized egg. Not only that, at least one cell division has occurred. Things do get a bit confusing here, however. The definition of "embryo" has changed over the years. It used to be "a fertilized ovum that has had at least one cellular division, now that stage is called pre-embrionic. "An embryo is now defined as a later stage, i.e. at the completion of" the pre-embryonic stage, which is considered to end at about day 14. The term, embryo, is used to describe the early stages of fetal growth, from conception to the eighth week of pregnancy." After that point, it is then refered to as a fetus.

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