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>Lee Silver: iPCs named due to politics

>Lee Silver, author of is someone that I’ve read about on the ‘net and about whom Robert George and Patrick Lee said, “He hides his ideology under a veneer of science.” He was the guest on Carl Zimmerman’s November 30, discussing reprogrammed skin cells. Dr. Lee is convinced that if a couple of more … Continue reading

>New Stem Cells Questions and Answers

>A reader posts some questions that I’ll try to answer. (Thanks, Janet!) The most important thing to remember is that the new iPS cells appear to be like embryonic stem cells, but they can be made without killing anyone and they can be made to match the patient. “Does this new procedure use any cells … Continue reading

>Reprogramming Stem Cells – Links to Articles

>I got the authors backwards. Here’s the corrected version: Takahashi et al. (including Yamanaka), Cell Online, free pdf. There’s a “Preview” article in pdf here.Still waiting for Science to post Thomson’s report online.

>Embryonic Stem Cells from Patient’s Own Adult Stem Cells

>Well, they did it! From Reuter’s, UK: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two separate teams of researchers announced on Tuesday they had transformed ordinary skin cells into batches of cells that look and act like embryonic stem cells — but without using cloning technology and without making embryos. Their breakthroughs could make possible the long-sought goal of … Continue reading

Dolly’s Dad: Cloning, embryos and eggs not needed

10 years after the world learned about the cloning of Dolly the sheep, the scientist responsible for her birth announces that cloning is passe’. Just after the announcement that a US lab has managed the first confirmed cloning of primate (monkeys, not human) embryos using adult cell donor DNA, Ian Wilmut made statements to the … Continue reading

A brief history of cloning

Steve Connor of the The Independent, from Britain, tells us the history of cloning. But first, the “good news:” A technical breakthrough has enabled scientists to create for the first time dozens of cloned embryos from adult monkeys, raising the prospect of the same procedure being used to make cloned human embryos. Attempts to clone … Continue reading

>Bioethics on the Ballot

>Texas approved Billions in bond debt, some $3 Billion of which will fund the new Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. There is already private funding of embryonic and fetal tissue research in Texas already.(See this report on the Brown Institute in Houston.) While Texas is a leader in ethical stem cell research and … Continue reading

>First babies from "Lab Grown Eggs"

>Well, the news out of Great Britain that apparently healthy twins were born from a new technique involving maturation of human oocytes – “eggs” – outside of the body will probably be hailed as the solution to the problem of where to get the eggs for embryonic stem cell and cloning research. It won’t solve … Continue reading

>Hwang "blew it"

>From Fowler’s Health and Science Update comes another lesson in hubris and the old saying about tangled webs and deception: Disgraced Korean Cloner Blew It: He Did Make HistoryA new report by a team of US researchers says the human embryonic stem cells generated in a now-discredited experiment in South Korea, actually were a first. … Continue reading

>IVF embryo donation for destruction

>I’ve had some time to consider the report that we read last week concerning the willingness of the women and men who control the fates of the frozen embryos of their children to donate those embryos for destruction in research. The report has been published in ScienceXpress, the early posting on line of articles before … Continue reading

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