Monday, January 15, 2007

The First Really Bad Idea of 2007

On their best day, the so called "pro-choice" advocates say they want to make abortions "safe, rare and legal". But the latest bad idea they have come up with is Exhibit "A" as to why they are not pro-choice at all, but pro-abortion. The "award winning" license plate design is a half way honest but creepy depiction of a blood-red mother star with her patriotic blue star baby apparently floating upward into the sky after being aborted-- all against a pure snow white background. I supposed you have to think long and hard about how to come up with a user friendly way to depict the grizzly surgical procedure of an abortion.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Amniotic Fluid offers new Stem Cell Hope

There is an ongoing national debate over the best way to approach scientific research using stem cells. The debate has centered around those who want to destroy human embryos for the purpose of obtaining stem cells for experiments verses those who want to pursue the more promising and ethical adult stem cell research.

Now, new research is revealing that there may be another option. A study just released finds that stem cells can be obtains from amniotic fluid.

The LA Times reported today:

Researchers have found that some stem cells in human amniotic fluid appear
to have many of the key therapeutic benefits of embryonic stem cells while
avoiding their knottiest ethical, medical and logistical drawbacks, according to
a study published Sunday.

The stem cells — easy to harvest from the fluid left over from amniocentesis tests given to many pregnant women — were used to create bone, heart muscle, blood vessels, fat, and nerve and liver tissues, the study said.

"So far, we've been successful with every cell type we've attempted to produce from these stem cells," said study senior author Anthony Atala, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. The report was published online by the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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