Jun 07 2007

The End Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research?

Published by at 7:03 am under All General Discussions,Stem Cell Debate

Researchers have been able to turn skin cells into stem cells in mice, giving researchers an unlimited supply of cells straight from the patient from which to creare therapies.

Three scientific teams published separate studies on Wednesday showing that embryonic stem cells can be made by reprogramming some of the genes in adult skin cells, without having to create an embryo – at least in mice.

Skin is also one of the few tissues that can bee grown and harvested. Now creating embryo-like stem cells does not mean therapies will be flowing anytime soon. The hill to climb for triggering these cells to transform into target cells to treat a specific disease (nuerons, kidney, liver, etc) is still decades away. The adult stem cells are easier to deal with because they are partially transformed already – taking care of part of the problem of controlling the change.

The real test will be if Embryonic Research is abandoned. It should be now that no one will have to kill a human being to get material for research. However, if my suspicions are right and this is about patenting human genes (which is not legal if taken from what the law considers a ‘human being’) then the research will go one. Because it is the laws of man which decide what is human. Not science or God. At least that is how people rationalize their greed.

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2 Responses to “The End Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research?”

  1. momdear1 says:

    Don’t count on ending this controversial parctice. There are wierdos out there who get they jollies from doing bizzare and goulish things. How else could we have people carving up little tiny aborted babies so they can sell their body parts to research labs?

  2. The Macker says:

    I’ll bet your suspicions are right about the patent potential being the driving force. And too many people see humans differing from animals only in degree and not in kind. So there is no outrage at using ESC’s.