Thursday, August 24, 2006

Take THAT, bible-thumpers!

Scientists Harvest Stem Cells Without Destroying Embryo

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- In what could prove to be a medical milestone, researchers have succeeded in generating new lines of human embryonic stem cells without destroying the embryo.

The breakthrough may enable scientists to circumvent the ban on federal funding of stem cell research, paving the way for gains in treating or curing diseases such as diabetes, spinal injury and Alzheimer's disease.
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Lanza was cautiously optimistic, although he said the final say on whether this strategy could widen U.S. embryonic stem cell research depends on politicians, not scientists.

"The approach described here does not involve the destruction of an embryo, nor does the biopsied cell ever develop into an embryo at any point. Therefore, we hope this method can be used to increase the number of stem cell lines available for federal funding - and thus give the field a badly needed jump-start," Lanza said. "But I guess we'll have to see what the President and Congress have to say about it all."

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"But I guess we'll have to see what the President and Congress have to say about it all."

There you have it, folks. Your healthcare rests in the hands of your doctor and your government. Medieval government thinking produces medieval medicine. Leeches, anyone?


Buck