Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Adult stem cells

Captain's Log, Stardate 12.14.2005

An adult stem cell transplant saved this man's life.

Research shows that certain isolated umbilical cord blood stem cells have many of the same properties as embryonic stem cells, disproving the "limited capabilities" reputation of adult stem cells.

Now this is very interesting. An MIT professor admits that many scientists are afraid to criticize embryonic stem-cell research out of fear of reprisals. Isn't that terrible? Shouldn't scientists be able to voice their true opinions without worrying about if it will affect their grants, tenures, publications?

The full interview is here.

This blog post suggests a possible bias in media coverage of adult versus embryonic stem cells.

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