Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stem cell breakthrough uses no embryos

Folks, according to YahooNews/AP:
NEW YORK - Scientists have made ordinary human skin cells take on the chameleon-like powers of embryonic stem cells, a startling breakthrough that might someday deliver the medical payoffs of embryo cloning without the controversy.

Laboratory teams on two continents report success in a pair of landmark papers released Tuesday. It's a neck-and-neck finish to a race that made headlines five months ago, when scientists announced that the feat had been accomplished in mice.

The "direct reprogramming" technique avoids the swarm of ethical, political and practical obstacles that have stymied attempts to produce human stem cells by cloning embryos.
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Comments. These news have been around for some time but now there are a couple of solid scientific papers backing this up. Of course, these news will not sit well with those who have had $$$ invested on the embryonic stem cell technique, as well as as those who used the embryonic stem cells as a wedge issue to cheapen the value of human life.

This is my prognosis: embryonic stem cell researchers are on the way out. Don't invest your money with them. There is no more need to kill some human beings so that other can live.

- Read also 'Milestone' stem cell advance reported at CNN.