Tuesday, October 18, 2005

New stem cell discoverys

Two teams of U.S. scientists have found ways to harvest stem cells from embryos without sacrificing a viable life in the process.

If these proof-of-principle experiments, which were conducted in mice, can translate to humans, they might ease the fierce ethical and political storm that surrounds embryonic stem-cell research.

Stem cells from human embryos are considered the key to regenerative medicine. They have the power to multiply indefinitely and grow into all the various tissues that make up a human body. As it stands now, the only way to access these cells is to snatch them from the inner mass of a budding embryo that is destroyed in the process. For those who believe life begins at conception, the method is tantamount to murder.
I'm willing to bet this won't satisfy the hard right.


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