Science in the 21st Century: Have We Gone Too Far or Not Far Enough? - May 1, 2003

Recent state and federal legislation has tackled complicated and often controversial issues around stem cell research and human cloning. While some see this type of research as a potential means to improve the health and quality of life of individuals, others consider this type of research to be deeply troubling, from social, religious, and scientific viewpoints. As scientists become increasingly knowledgeable in stem cell research and human cloning, and their ability to conduct research in these areas increases, public debate continues to grow. How far is too far when it comes to this type of science? To what degree should the scientific community be able to go in the name of improving heath and heath care to potentially millions of people? Students will explore these delicate and controversial issues, and provide their own opinions.