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Human-animal embryos don’t work for stem cell production

The New Scientist has a good review article that explains a new research report from Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology, that attempts with “thousands” of embryos created by placing human DNA into the oocytes or eggs of animals have failed to produce stem cells. NatureNews, the news arm of the journal, Nature discusses the … Continue reading

Fox builds hen house

In the same set of news alerts that notified me of the Vatican’s condemnation of cloning and embryonic stem cell research, I read that Insoo Hyun is the lead author of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells. The Guidelines are also published on line at … Continue reading

>Seed Magazine’s Ethics and stem cells blog focus

>Seed Magazine runs a group of blogs on science, ethics, politics and opinion. Most of the bloggers are engaged in academic science. There’s a new blog sponsored by the site, What’s New in Life Science Research? The first subject of the blog is stem cells. I was surprised to read the narrow range of knowledge … Continue reading

>No Patent on Human Embryonic Stem Cells: EU

>A Thanksgiving present from the European Union! The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) did not take the day off. Early on November 27, the EPO announced that they would not allow the development of human embryonic stem cells to be patented as filed by WARF in 1996, since that technique … Continue reading

>Trash from Reuters on Stem Cells

>Just read the first two sentences of this article. By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stem cells from tiny embryos can be used to restore lost hearing and vision in animals, researchers said Tuesday in what they believe is a first step toward helping people. One team repaired hearing in guinea … Continue reading

>The (manufactured) Stem Cell Debate at Dartmouth

>I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a report on a presentation that allowed half the space for “debate,” after the fact. The Stem Cell Debate at Dartmouth Sunday, November 16, 2008 Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. was recently invited to give a lecture entitled “Stem Cells and Cloning: Understanding the Scientific Issues and the Moral Objections” … Continue reading

Charo: No “Presidential sleight of hand” on stem cells

“The Wicker-Dickey Amendment cannot be changed by Presidential sleight of hand or wave of pen.” R. Alta Charo, World Stem Cell Summit, Madison Wisconsin, September, 2008 See video, at time marker 11:18/01:01:29. John Podesta, the founder of the Center for American Progress and the leader of the transitional team for the newly invented “Office of … Continue reading

>Induced Pluripotent stem cells without viruses

> “The adenovirus will infect the cells but then will clear themselves from the cells. After a few cell divisions there are no traces of the virus in the cell,” Hochedlinger said. “You can’t tell the virus was ever there.” Science Magazine has published a report on induced Pluripotent (iPS) stem cells from liver cells … Continue reading

“iPS cells would have never been discovered without human embryonic stem cells"

In fact, Mr. Siegal, without the objection to cloning and embryonic stem cell research, iPS cells researchers might have taken a little longer to develop therapy that holds promise for regeneration and healing in the body, without transplants, intermediate cells and without costing the life of another human being. Bernie Siegal, that lawyer who sued … Continue reading

>The Stem Cell Debate Heats Up

>Here’s a great review about those new “induced pleuripotent stem cells” (iPS) we’ve been hearing about. iPS’s are truly “patient specific stem cells” since they come from the patient himself or herself. The cells are manipulated in the lab, using viral particles and specific environments to make the able to become many different types of … Continue reading

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