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Friday, February 17, 2006
'CSI' on When Life Begins Vegas lab-boss Gil Grissom doesn't just know bugs, he knows scripture. In last night's CSI repeat, he told Catherine, who got annoyed at a woman with an embryo-adoption service, how to fight theology with theology. Leviticus 17:11 says, "The life of the flesh is in the blood," he points out. So an embryo shouldn't be considered a life until it's implanted in the womb, about 18 days after conception, he explains. An Internet search shows CSI didn't invent this way to reconcile stem-cell research with religion. Here's a letter to President Bush that builds an argument on this citation. Then again, others point out, the full passage is about a Temple sacrifice.