Friday, August 19, 2005

Problem Solved, Right?

Apparently, we don't have to mass-produce human embryos in order to kill them for scientific research (geez... that sounds really awful- how could anyone be for that??).

Well... I'm guessing that, while honest scientific types will welcome this news, those with a more sinister agenda will play down the incredible importance of it.

Maybe I'm just being pessimistic... let's give everyone a fair chance to react appropriately to this news.

[[ A reported breakthrough in stem cell research may lend new weight to the campaign against the use of human embryos in research, one of the most pressing ethical controversies facing governments in the U.S. and elsewhere.

American and British researchers say that they have found, in umbilical cord blood, a new type of cell -- neither embryonic nor "adult" -- which is more versatile than the latter while avoiding the ethical dilemmas surrounding the former.

And in a further development, the scientists have found a way to mass-produce the new cells, sidestepping the problem of limited supply of embryonic cells.

The cord-blood-derived-embryonic-like stem cells (CBEs) share many of the same characteristics of embryonic cells and one day might be used to treat injuries or diseases.
]] (LINK to story)


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