Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Light at the end of a stem cell tunnel

Michaela Kingston

There was good news and bad news about human embryo research last week. As usual, everyone ignored the good news.

Last week, scientists from a small Massachusetts company, Advanced Cell Technology, divulged a new technique for the derivation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). They described it enthusiatically in their press release as an ethically acceptable way to obtain hESCs since it theoretically leaves embryos unharmed.

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