Saturday, September 10, 2005

Embryonic Stem Cells: Check the Expiration Date

Those embryonic stem cells that researchers had such high hopes of utilizing in medical treatments are turning out to be a dead end in more ways than one. Researchers at John Hopkins have found that embryonic stem cells develop genetic mutations over time that would make them unusable.

Is this then the end of the idea of using embryonic stem cells and the beginning of a turn towards adult stem cells? We cannot necessarily expect that; after all the science community and the media have gone whole hog on the idea...but we can hope and pray that the evidence will become ever more overwhelming that the immoral exploitation of living human embryos is not the way to advance medical science.

Click the title of this post to read the latest from New Scientist.