I have written on stem cell research several times. I have supported stem cell research. I have written about stem cell research in my book, A Letter to America. This break through is very exciting BUT we have had breakthroughs before that haven’t worked out. We had the South Korean scientist that reported a huge breakthrough in stem cell research only later did we find out that he fudged the data. The reason that I believe that this isn’t another venture into left field is that 2 different research groups using 2 different methods have the same results. Skins cells have been made to act like embryonic stem cells.
Researchers in Wisconsin and Japan said yesterday that they have turned ordinary human skin cells into what are effectively embryonic stem cells without using embryos or women’s eggs — the previously essential ingredients that have embroiled the medically promising field in a nearly decade-long political and ethical debate.
The ability to turn adult cells into embryo-like ones capable of morphing into virtually every kind of cell or tissue, described in two scientific journal articles yesterday, has been a major goal of researchers for years. In theory, it would allow people to grow personalized replacement parts for their bodies from their skin cells and give researchers a powerful means of understanding and treating diseases. (more…)