August 20, 2005

NOW THEY TELL HIM:

Advance made in stem-cell debate (Joyce Howard Price, August 20, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

A team of Texas and British researchers says it has produced large amounts of embryoniclike stem cells from umbilical cord blood, potentially ending the ethical debate affecting stem-cell research -- the need to kill human embryos.

The international researchers said the cells -- called cord-blood-derived-embryoniclike stem cells, or CBEs -- have the ability to turn into any kind of body tissue, like embryonic stem cells do, and can be mass-produced using technology derived from NASA.

"It looks very promising," said Dr. Randall Urban, an endocrinologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He stressed more research has to be done. [...]

The researchers' findings come less than a month after Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist surprised Capitol Hill by endorsing a bill to make more embryonic stem-cell research eligible for federal funding, breaking with Mr. Bush, who has said he would veto the legislation.

Mr. Frist, a physician, expressed qualified support for House-passed legislation that allows federal funding for an unspecified number of new lines of stem cells derived from embryos left over at in vitro fertilization clinics. Senate action on the stem-cell issue is still being worked out.


He gets to keep that lovely mess of pottage though, as a consolation prize for blowing the 2008 nomination.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 20, 2005 7:46 AM
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Blew 2008. Good.

Posted by: Genecis at August 21, 2005 8:26 AM
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