Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Growing alternatives

Experiments show the potential of regenerative techniques that don’t destroy embryos

Daniel James Devine | WORLD Magazine

Lewis Whyld/PA/Landov

Giving human organs the ability to regrow themselves after becoming diseased or damaged would be a boon for modern science, not to mention for scientists selling the commercial rights to the technology. With the FDA's approval last month of the world's first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells (it had been on hold for a year), the quest for so-called "regenerative medicine" is plowing forward. But many new regenerative techniques don't require the embryonic stem cells that are so ethically objectionable. Sometimes they don't use stem cells at all. Read more

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