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New Class of Stem Cell-Like Cells Discovered in Spinal Cord Offers Possibilities for… — SEATTLE, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

This is exciting, although preliminary, research results. These researchers used what is known about stem cells to look for existing cells in the spinal cord. The genes that “switch on and off” are now known for quite a few stem cell lines and they are matched against all the cell genomes that we have in … Continue reading

Texas Legislators Seek to Limit Funds for Human Embryo Destruction

Senator Steve Ogden is a Texas Hero! Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, though, said critics exaggerate what his 24-word “budget rider” would do. He said it simply assures that the budget’s $700 million for research doesn’t underwrite destruction of embryos. “There is a significant moral concern amongst many Texans that a human embryo really meets every … Continue reading

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

“Tea-bag” Adult Stem Cell Treatment for Stroke

British researchers report an amazing recovery for a 49 year old man who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on October 15, 2008. The researchers at the company, “Biocompatibles,” used adult stem cells from a healthy donor. The cells had been engineered to cause them to produce a protein that helps prevent “programmed” cell death (even after … Continue reading

>Translation of Yamanaka, Yu "induced Pluripotent Stem Cells" (Revised)

>Scientists who report their findings are expected to discuss the problems as well as the outcome of their research. This is usually found in the “Discussion,” “Conclusions” or “Results” section of the paper. This is the best place to figure out what the researches intended, what they did and what the report means. (Then you … Continue reading

>"Fertilized eggs" and cloned human embryos (The future, again)

>“ScienceBlogs” is one of the examples I give when I’m trying to explain the anti-life, anti-religion atmosphere that is pushed (like a religion itself) in our universities and by the Powers That Be in science academia and publishing. I think I may have identified one or two of the bloggers as believers (proof that miracles … Continue reading

>Translating Thomson’s “Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines Derived from Human Somatic Cells”

>Yu, Thomson, and all, from Wisconsin published their paper on reprogrammed induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells from adult cells online in Science Express online, yesterday, just after the Yamanaka/Takahashi team from Japan published theirs in the journal, Cell. (The Thomson paper was not scheduled to go live online until the 22nd.) As discussed on this … Continue reading

We need sharing, not eggs or embryos!

From WebMD: “We don’t need any eggs or embryos at all,” says Shinya Yamanaka, MD, a professor at the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences in Kyoto, Japan. Yamanaka describes his lab’s early successes in mice creating stem cells from adult cells. His research involves isolating two dozen chemicals that give embryonic stem cells their ability … Continue reading

How human is human-enough?

A group of very well respected scientists, philosophers and ethicists (all involved in bioethics and stem cell research) have joined together to discuss and draft what they call a “consensus” on stem cell research, both destructive embryonic stem cell research and non-destructive, ethical non-embryonic stem cell research. The document can be accessed at the Berman … Continue reading

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