A game-changing breakthrough in stem cells

It's like finding a way to turn water into gasoline, or recycled paper into gold.Under the headline Major Breakthrough in Generating Safer, Therapeutic Stem Cells from Adult Cells, Science Daily reports that researchers at Scripps Research Institution have perfected a technique for transforming ... Continue reading

William Saletan on the stem cell debate

Slate Magazine's William Saletan made an apt and useful comparison between the debate about embryonic stem cell research and the use of water boarding in CIA interrogations: "On Monday, President Obama lifted the ban on federal funding of stem-cell research using destroyed human embryos. If you ... Continue reading

The world has changed

The world has changed. It is the beginning of the end of the controversy that has surrounded this field. Over time, these [induced] cells will be used in more and more labs. And human embryo stem cell research will be abandoned by more and more labs. — James Thomson, University of Wisconsin ... Continue reading

Beauty and the beast

The hype, still unproven, is that embryonic stem cells are nature's miracle cure for everything from Parkinson's disease to aging. Clinics around the world have seized the day by offering their clients expensive injections of stem cells, promising that these injections will reverse the aging ... Continue reading