Friday, September 26, 2008

Ethical Stem Cell Breakthrough!

Amidst all the troubling news out there today comes this story of triumph and hope . . . stem cell researchers at Harvard University have reported discovery of "a safe way to coax adult cells to regress into an embryonic state."  These cells are "indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells and could be transformed into any type of tissue."

Last year, scientists made a similar breakthrough but concerns were raised that the technique used left traces of potentially harmful retroviruses in the cells.  Those concerns have now been eliminated.

Also eliminated with those concerns are any arguments in favor of harvesting stem cells from aborted babies for use in research.

1 comment:

dameon said...

Good. One less issue we can finally put to bed.