Since a discussion on embryo stem cell research had to be closed on the "News Affecting Baptists Worldwide" forum because it had gone past the 3 page limit, I am bringing up the topic here. I had posted that these cells were being taken from embryos and that was my objection. In response to that, Paul of Eugene posted: I have read that the cells are taken from 5-day old human embryos. These embryos are either from aborted fetuses or from embryos donated through in vitro fertilization programs. The stem cells themselves cannot become human, but they are taken from human embryos killed by abortion or discarded from in vitro fertilization. Since I believe life starts at conception, I certainly consider a five day old human embryo to be a human life no matter what the state of the brain is at that point. After all, the embryo has all that is needed to grow and live and develop in the womb until birth. Why should smallness be regarded as less than human? Here is an article objecting to embryo cell research on moral grounds: http://tinyurl.com/55ler This site gives a lot of info on stem cell research, including the development of the early embryonic stages. http://www.godandscience.org/slideshow/stemcell.html So is it okay to take cells from dead human embryos for medical research?