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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Grace Marzioli blogs about the difference between adult and embryonic stem cell research.

If you don't know the difference between the two, I'll give you a quick run down. Human embryonic stem cells are a type of pluripotent stem cell derived from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst. Pluripotent means a cell that can give rise to many different types of differentiated cells. Adult stem cell are found in all tissues of the growing human being and also have the potential to transform themselves into practically all other cell types, or revert to being stem cells with greater reproductive capacity. President Bush has placed a ban on embryonic stem cell research, except in the case of 11 already existing lines, because of ethical reasons. However, adult stem cells are open for research and use, since they do not involve the destruction of a human embryo. However, the media and celebrity endorsers of ESCR only tout one angle. In doing this, they severely damage the public's opinion of SCR by keeping vital information about ASCR from them.

As it turns out, ASCR is much more fruitful than ESCR. (Emphasis mine.)

Admittedly, I have not been well-informed about this subject. Thanks to Grace's link-filled post, I have a lot to read on the subject.


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