Friday, May 9, 2008

Adult Stem-Cell Update

We have been a little remiss about posting on this subject, ever since the fantastic advances that have been made in reprogramming adult skin cells so that they behave like embryonic stem-cells. But the results of these new discoveries are momentous:

From the Catholic News Agency:

Human cloning bans advance in “radically changed” stem cell field

Perth, May 9, 2008 / 04:48 am (CNA).- In one of the first legislative actions involving embryonic cloning since the discovery of a breakthrough stem cell production technique, lawmakers in an Australian state have rejected legislation that would allow human cloning for research purposes, Cybercast News Service reports...

Dr. David Van Gend, national director of Australians for Ethical Stem Cell Research, said the lawmakers understood that stem cell science has “so radically changed since November 2007, providing such a magnificent and ethical alternative to cloning, that there is no longer any compelling argument for cloning.”

“This blighted science can be left to wither on the vine,” he said. Advocates of bans on such cloning argued the new discovery has “radically changed” the field and helps justify the prohibition of research that destroys human embryos."

We repeat what we said back on November 5, 2007: "God bless our wonderful doctors/scientists who are doing so much in an ethically and morally sound way."

Note: One of the most comprehensive websites documenting the seemingly miraculous treatments (they're not really miraculous, of course, but it's hard to find a more apt word) provided by adult stem-cells is that of Mr. Don Margolis. His blog section especially is constantly updated with news from around the world.

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