Scientists in Oregon announced today that they had created cloned human embryos, and then destroyed the embryos to extract embryonic stem cells.
e usually think of DNA carrying the secrets of our biological life, including health and potential disease. But now scientists have used DNA sequences to determine identities.
It was very heartening to see Dr. Shinya Yamanaka recognized with the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine , for his work in development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), an ethical route to create pluripotent stem cells . Even more heartening was Dr. Yamanaka’s rationale for creation of iPS cells, and his ultimate aim, the patients:
Liberals have been complaining about Cheney ever since Bush v. Gore. And they’ve wanted him to have a change of heart. Now, he has a change of heart. And they are still complaining!
Turning a blind eye toward both good science and good ethics, the embryonic stem cell and cloning company, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), has published a very preliminary online report regarding their first two patients injected with embryonic stem cell derivatives.
NIH Director Francis Collins has approved four more human embryonic stem cell lines as eligible for federal taxpayer funding. The latest approval brings the total to 146.