News New stem cell technique doesn’t kill embryos
Scientists have found a way to create stem cell cultures without killing embryos. After a fertilized egg divides into eight cells, doctors can extract one of the cells and use it to grow stem cells, instead of using the entire embryo.
“There is no rational reason left to oppose this research,” said Dr. Robert Lanza, as if there was before.
There are, of course, still those who deride the research:
But critics of human embryonic stem cell research raised other objections, such as the possible risk to the embryo and the in vitro fertilization procedure itself in which embryos are generated from a couple’s egg and sperm.
If this technique works, it may be the end of the divisive stem cell debate. Or is that just wishful thinking?