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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Being so thrilled about "embryonic-like" cells must reveal acceptance of the value of embryonic stem cells

"One of the researchers involved in yesterday's reports said the Bush restrictions may have slowed discovery of the new method, since scientists first had to study embryonic cells to find out how to accomplish the same thing without embryos."

"My feeling is that the political controversy set the field back four or five years," said James Thomson, who led a team at the University of Wisconsin and who discovered human embryonic stem cells in 1998.

I'm wondering why "embryonic-like" cells are so much better than embryonic cells (except they may be easier to obtain than ESCs), leaving aside the bogus moral argument, for the sake of argument. Being so thrilled that iPSs are "embryonic-like" seems to reveal an acceptance of their value.

Rayilyn Brown
Board Member AZNPF
Arizona Chapter National Parkinson's Foundation
rbrown@aznpf.org

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