Wisconsin Pro-Life Group Hails Firm’s Pursuit of Ethical Stem Cell Research

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Wisconsin Pro-Life Group Hails Firm’s Pursuit of Ethical Stem Cell Research

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 30
, 2008

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — A stem cell research firm in Wisconsin has raised $18 million to pursue the use of induced pluripotent stem cells, the kind that doesn’t involve the destruction of human life to obtain. Wisconsin Right to Life is hailing the research and its funding as a acceptable alternative to embryonic stem cell research.

Cellular Dynamics International LLC (CDI), a Madison-based technological firm that includes embryonic stem cell research luminary James Thomson, recently raised $18 million to push towards its goal of becoming a world leader in ethical stem cell research.

Scientists at CDI believe that through the use of iPS cells, formed from human skin cells instead of from destroyed embryos, patient-specific stem cells can be stored.

The cells could revolutionize the way patients are treated in the future.
CDI chairman and CEO Bob Palay says the $18 million "will help CDI develop an infrastructure for industrializing production of human cell types for research and for creating a repository of stem cells."

"That bio-bank would be where people could store stem cells engineered from their DNA for use as part of personalized therapies or for testing reactions to drugs," Palay said.

Barbara Lyons, the director of Wisconsin Right to Life, applauded the research because it is more ethical than using embryonic stem cells and likely will be more effective.

“This exciting news is a win/win for science and ethics," she told LifeNews.com.

"Kudos not only to the scientists who made this discovery and are bringing it to fruition, but to President Bush and to the right-to-life movement — which has insisted for the past ten years that ethical science which does not rely on the destruction of human life can be embraced and promoted by all,” she added.

Professor James Thomson of the University of Wisconsin and University of Kyoto scientist Shinya Yamanaka discovered iPSCs.

Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.WRTL.org

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