Adult Stem Cell Awareness

November 24, 2007

Stem cell saturday

Lots of great articles to peruse today.

Michael Cook at Mercatornet engages in a little good-natured, “I told you so!” and points to the new danger we face, transhumanism.

Wesley Smith comments on a WaPo article by Michael Gerson – highlighting Gerson’s conclusion that not all will accept this new breakthrough as the right way to go, particularly those who have vested interests in and/or are, for whatever other reasons, ideologically committed to embryonic stem cell research.

John Henry Weston, Editor of LifeNews added a note with his daily dispatch pointing out possible concerns about iPSC:

Dr. John Shea, medical advisor to Campaign Life Coalition told yesterday, “Yamanaka’s work, essentially somatic cell genetic engineering, is a very complex subject. The issue is whether the pluripotent stem cells created by the technique will always remain merely stem cells and cannot become embryos.”

However, Fr. Berg has already addressed this concern (also brought up in the Mercatornet article):

Never at any point in the process of reprogramming is there ever a danger of involving — even accidentally we might say–techniques that could bring about a human embryo, as would happen in cloning.”

Happy reading!


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