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The Politics of Embryonic Stem Cells: Gearhart “pressures” Atala

I was able to attend the “Understanding Stem Cells: Science and Policy” lecture at the Koshland Science Museum, the museum of the National Academies of Sciences, in Washington, DC last week where I heard Jonathan Moreno, PhD, – the ethicist who works for and advances the American Center for Progress and Dr. John Gearhart, Director … Continue reading

Rao: Adult Stem Cells “soon to be on the market”

The journal Stem Cells has published an Open-Access review by the former NIH director, Mahendra Rao, MD, PhD, covering last month’s “Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine Conference” at the National Center for Regenerative Medicine in Ohio. Another review with summaries of some of the individual talks as well as the history of the … Continue reading

“Con-Job,” “Deception” (Amniotic Stem Cells)

Don C. Reed, a rabid supporter of embryonic stem cell research – and, it seems, only stem cell research – has written an editorial, “Coincidence or Con-Job?” He flatly states that he believes that we are witnessing an act of “weapons of mass deception” in the timing of the release of the newest issue of … Continue reading

“Able to become all tissue types”

That’s the claim by Dr. Anthony Atala in an interview with Gwen Ifill of PBS. So these cells actually have been in the amniotic fluid for many years, and we’ve known about their presence for many years. The major finding in this study is the fact that we found a stem cell population that is … Continue reading

“Pluripotent” Amniotic/Placental Stem Cells

I’ve just skimmed the Nature Biotechnology article (free abstract and references with free registration to, the article is for subscription or by individual purchase, only)by Atala, De Coppi, et. al, “Isolation of amniotic stem cell lines with potential for therapy” (Nature Biotechnology – 25, 100 – 106 (2007). Published online: 7 January 2007; | … Continue reading

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