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Posted on Aug 24, 2006
Stem cell research
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A U.S. research team has developed a method for creating stem cell lines without destroying human embryos by removing a single cell, leaving the embryo intact.  If the technique proves to be effective, it should deflate the nonsense rhetoric of right-wing strategists who argue that the surplus embryos used by scientists?destined for disposal anyway?should not be used for lifesaving research.


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Using spare human IVF embryos, the researchers removed single cells from them, employing the same procedure used for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a technique that has been used in IVF so cells can be removed from the embryo and tested for genetic disorders.

The process, said the team, leaves the embryo intact, enabling it to continue and grow into a healthy foetus.

Of the 16 embryos used, they developed two long-term stem cell lines, which, Professor Lanza said, were “genetically normal and able to generate all of the cell types of the body”.

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By Robert, August 24, 2006 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment
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The religious absolutists will try to nix this one, too. Thanks a lot, you bloody successors to the inquisition. You might as well be throwing the person who sits next to me at the local dialysis center on a fiery cross, because without a stem cell derived kidney, he’s a gonner. The absolutists claim that a stem cell’s a living being. Yeah? Does it talk, does it walk, does it cry, does it make love? Well, the above mentioned person does all of the above. Stand aside, you modern day inquisitioners, and let the real living live on. What’s the matter? Are you afraid that when, compliments of science, people can live forever, they’ll give up on the pie in the sky?

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