On January 16, a baby is expected to be born to New Orleans resident Rebekah Markham. That kind of thing happens every day, right? Well, not exactly. The child to be was rescued as an embryo from a city medical laboratory right after Hurricane Katrina. And now, nine moths after implantation, she is poised to give Rebekah Markham all the joys and heartaches of motherhood. Who knows? This baby might grow up to be an engineer who devises a levee system to save the city from the next monster storm.
Think about that the next time you hear that human embryos should have their stem cells “harvested” for research, and that not to do so is a “waste.”