Adult Stem Cell Awareness

December 12, 2007

More stem cell optimism

Wesley Smith blogs about the influence of policy that reflects the sanctity of human life. President Bush’s stem cell policy, he says – and a point I think many of us believe is clearly true – expedited last month’s iPSC breakthroughs. Smith brings up Thomson’s reservations about using embryos and an interesting quote from Yamanaka expressing as much.

Here is where I think there is a bit too much optimism:

Yamanaka has said that some ES cells will continue to be needed for basic research. But that means the Bush approved lines should be up to the job.

Nope.  As along as we have Thomson and Yamanaka calling for continued embryonic stem cell research, I think we can be certain that we will need more embryos.

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