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Latest Developments in Stem Cell Research

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2007 | 5:10 PM

During the past few weeks, significant developments have occurred that may strongly affect the progress of human stem cell research. Advances in both Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) and in the so-called Yamanaka technique to produce patient-specific human pluripotent stem cells hold great promise not only for understanding disease development...

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Wisconsin: Ignorance Prevails as SCNT Is Criminalized

(8) Comments | Posted September 29, 2005 | 1:50 PM

The State of Wisconsin may rejoice in the recent football victory over arch-rival Michigan, but it should cry at the passage of SB 243 by its state senate today. Promoted as "a bill to prohibit human cloning," it goes way beyond banning reproductive cloning, which already is outlawed by Federal...

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Houston: Mayor Bill White is a Problem-Solving Machine

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2005 | 1:18 PM

Storm School 101 (a.k.a. Katrina meets New Orleans) taught us lots of lessons. Perhaps the most important lesson was that all levels of government -- local, state, and federal -- must act decisively and as early as possible. As tropical storm Rita dashed through the Florida Keys on Monday, Texas...

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Regenerative Medicine: A New Champion?

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2005 | 11:50 AM

Look at the headlines about regenerative medicine, that budding medical specialty in which cells will be used to cure diseases: “Cryo StemCell India Teams Up With StemLife, Malaysia for Stem Cell R&D,” or “Scientists in UK Make First Pure Brain Stem Cell,” or,” Hwang Plans World Stem Cell Hub” versus...

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The Stem Cell Debate: Shame on You, Dr. Krauthammer

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2005 | 11:50 PM

In his recent Washington Post column entitled “We need more stem-cell research, but there must be ethical limits,” Dr. Charles Krauthammer (M.D., Harvard, 1975) endorses the utilization of “discarded embryos”. However, he links that endorsement to a call for a “firm national ban on creating human embryos for any...

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Stem Cell Debate: The Plot Thickens

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2005 | 7:30 PM

Alan Boyle, science editor of MSNBC, recently wrote an article entitled "Reprogramming complicates stem debate, Technique could revolutionize therapies; what role will politics play?" Mr. Boyle's presentation of this, as yet, theoretical concept of reprogramming (also known as dedifferentiation) thickens the murky broth and adds complexity to the already...

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