75 Essays on Infinite Lifespans   Michael D. West technology. Shall we, like the good steward of the Bible, take these gifts to mankind and courageously use them to the best of our abilities to alleviate the suffering of our fellow human beings, or will we fail most miserably and bury these gifts in the earth? I am confident that the United States, which historically has led the way in advancing technology, will find the courage to lead in regenerative medicine as well. I only hope we will do so quickly; time is not on our side. References 1) cited from Gilbert, Scott F.; Developmental Biology, (1991) Sinauer; pg. 13–18 2) Weismann, August; „Über die Dauer des Lebens“ in: The germ-plasm: a theory of heredity (1882); Gustav Fischer Verlag; See Weismann, Augst, Translated by W. Newton Parker & Harriet Rionnfeldt; (1912) Charles Scribner’s Sons 3) Hayflick, L & Moorhead, PS; “The serial cultivation of human diploid cell strains” in: Experimental Cell Research (1961, Vol. 253); pg. 585–621 4) http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/08/2001 0809-2.html 5) Lanza, RP & Cibelli JB & West MD; “Prospects for the use of nuclear transfer in human transplantation” in: Nature Biotechnology (1999, Vol. 17); pg. 1171–4