The recent announcement about the first cloning of a human embryo has many people concerned. Many agree this kind of research could lead to medical breakthroughs, but at what price? There are big moral and ethical questions about creating the beginnings of a human being, even though the end results could help cure a number of diseases, including Parkinson's and heart disease.
Dr. William Langston, the founder of the nationally renowned Parkinson's Institute in California is guarded but hopeful about the breakthrough in cloning human embryos. In the future, it could be a turning point for Parkinson's patients like Harry Weisenburger. Dr. Langston says, "The dream is with this approach is someone could go in, donate DNA, go back six months later and have a fully grown part to replace one missing in their own body for Parkinson's disease." In the moderate stages of Parkinson's, Weisenburger welcomes any advances, preliminary or not. He says, "I wouldn't want to criticize anyone really over looking science."