National Geographic : 2005 Nov
Forum c July 2005 Many of you weighed in on the debates presentedin "The Stem Cell Divide" o raw, and "Tapping the Rockies." We alsogot mail on photographs in the issue- - ; : the fetus in the stem cell article,the funeral procession in Chechnya, the deer hunters in the Rockies. Although divided over whether or not you liked the images, you were united in how much they moved you. The Stem Cell Divide I wept as I read your article on stem cell research. My beloved husband, David, died of pancre atic cancer in January. If stem cell research can lead to cures for this terrible disease, we should be exploring it with a ferocity of focus. To think that a potential cure is blocked by politicians is truly inhumane. ROBIN POLLETTA Northville, Michigan The idea of destroying a living human embryo is profane and repugnant in the extreme. Your story says, "With more and more countries aggressively developing stem cell therapies, the United States is in real danger of being left behind." On the contrary, the United States is setting an eth ical standard by asking whether destroying human life to save human life is morally justified. V. MICHAEL JAMES Alexandria, Virginia FOR MORE INFORMATION To get NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Hearing-impaired TDD users may call 1-800 -548-9797. The magazine's website: ngm.com. For an online index of all National Geographic publications, go to: nationalgeographic.com/publications. I am a Catholic with type 1 diabetes, and I steadfastly believe in the sanctity of human life even in the fetal stages. I also believe just as firmly that, after birth, there is an equal right to a decent quality of life. To me, not using the stem cells of embryos, which would be disposed of anyway, for research purposes is foolishness on a grand scale. EMMA THOMPSON Desford,Leicester I have strong feelings about stem cell research, so I was interested in how it would be covered in the magazine. I was not prepared, however, for the disturbing images. The photo of the child's head described as a "museum specimen" was appalling. It is not the type of NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC photos I have been accustomed to seeing. LAURA JONES North Little Rock, Arkansas I must congratulate you on this issue, which I found exemplary in its use of photography to illustrate a story and to provoke thought. The photos used in "The Stem Cell Divide" were at the same time beautiful, disturb ing, intimate, and informative. LYNETTE SEELMEYER FortCollins, Colorado NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * NOVEMBER 2005 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 8,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. 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