Friday, October 08, 2010

Stem cell poetry contest

CIRM, California's stem cell agency recently announced the winners and finalists of the 2010 Stem Cell Awareness Day poetry contest. Interestingly, one of the winning poems discusses how the author's daughter began life as one cell.
One cell, followed by many more
The mosaic forms a new life
A young child will freely soar
Yet untouched by sadness or strife.

The cells divide, and we behold
Newborn, toddler and then a teen
Innocence turns to loud and bold
A movie, never before seen.
To me it seems odd for an organization in favor of killing human embryos for their stem cells to award a win to a poem which seems to discuss the humanity of the human embryo. Maybe there's some cognitive dissonance here with both the judges and the author.

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