Friday, January 8, 2010
Studies cite new process for stem cells (2007)
This information is from 2007, and I realize that makes it ancient. I also realize that that is 20 07 to some of you, and two thousand seven to others, but just so we all know it's over two years old. Ha!
"Scientists in Massachusetts and Japan say they have created embryonic stem cells using procedures that might overcome many of the ethical objections to the controversial research, since the process does not destroy embryos.
Most dramatically, three independent research teams reported......that they used a highly experimental approach to produce stem cells without destroying embryos, which critics equate to taking a life. Instead, they manipulated genes to coax ordinary skin cells of lab mice to regress to a state where they essentially behave like embryonic stem cells.
In effect, the researchers "turn back the clock from adult to embryonic stem cells," said Konrad Hochedlinger, a Massachusetts General Hospital researcher and leader of one of the teams. No eggs were used, no embryos destroyed -- a stunning advance, although perhaps difficult to replicate in humans." Stem cells research
... the article did get into religious and political objections, but I try never to discuss those two issues, but sometimes it's impossible not to. In this case that applies. The article also said: "Scientists predict research on human embryos will yield insights, and potentially cures, into spinal injuries, diabetes and an array of other diseases.", and I'm wondering if anyone here knows just how far they've gotten into that. (The article also mentioned that the research discussed was incomplete).
Posted by Chloe at 5:08 PM