Thursday, June 07, 2007

On the day before the House passed the stem-cell funding bill (S. 5 passed in the Senate on April 11), which Pres. Bush has promised to veto, there was interesting, potentially revolutionary (but potentially not) news on the stem-cell science front: Skin cells from mice have been reprogrammed to act as stem cells. If that carries over to humans and the results are consistently reproducible, we're looking at a way to avoid using embryonic stem cells, thus mooting the pro-life objection against destroying an embryo (even one you created as a clone of yourself) to obtain a fresh supply of stem cells. Here are some links and summaries from AHLA:
posted by Tom Mayo, 2:26 PM

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