It is being reported that a new procedure can harvest stem cells
invitro without killing the preborn human. The success rate is
not that high ~ 51% ... but it is getting better.
This could REALLY make a positive difference in the stem cell debate.
We can have our cake and eat it too - harvesting stem cells and
not causing the death of the preborn.
Stem cell breakthrough opens way to ‘spare part’ tissue banks
From Mark Henderson Science Correspondent in Montreal
Times on Line
Oct 17, 2005
STEM cells have for the first time been harvested from embryos without
killing them, using a technique that could eventually provide children with
a personal store of spare part tissue for treating diseases later in life. The
successful experiment in the United States paves the way for scientists to
create and “bank” master cells that are genetically identical to children
before they are born. Should the child grow up to develop a disease such
as diabetes or Parkinson’s, the cells could be used for therapy.
It also promises to address one of the strongest ethical objections to
embryonic stem (ES) cell research. The cells have great medical potential
as they can form any type of tissue in the human body, but their use is
opposed by religious groups, as they can be extracted only by destroying
If the new procedure, tested so far only on mice, also works in human
beings, it would allow researchers to obtain ES cells from embryos that
remain intact and could go on to become children.
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[edit on 10/17/2005 by FlyersFan]