Friday, August 19, 2005

CBEs May Be Missing Ethics Link in Stem Cell Research Debate

Memorial of St. John Eudes

American and British researchers have discovered a new type of cell in umbilical cord blood, cord-blood-derived-embryonic-like stem cells (CBEs), that provide some of the flexibility characteristics of embryonic stem cells that are lacking in adult stem cells, but without the ethical dilemna of destroying human life in the name of the hope of providing a greater good. As a demonstration of their versatility, the scientists have successfully turned CBEs into human liver tissue. In addition, they have found a way to mass-produce the new cells, avoiding the ongoing limited supply problem that occurs with embryonic stem cells.

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