More Stem Cells without killing

Yet another major breakthrough has taken place in generating stem cells without killing an embryo. Scientists have found a way to take one cell from an embryo and multiply it into human stem cells. The procedure does not kill the embryo, and, in fact, embryos that have had this cell haircut have been successfully implanted and brought to term. This method seems especially promising because, unlike other non-lethal approaches discovered recently that require more research, it already works in creating new lines of stem cells!

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    This alleged “breakthrough” is from the same Robert Lanza and his research team who reported a similar breakthrough in 2006.

    Check the LCMS website (http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=10488) for a discussion of the 2006 announcement. This latest PR appears to be more of the same.

    The referenced WSJ article says nothing about the embryo coming to term after Lanza and his team removed one cell.

    What it refers to is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). where a cell from a human embryo is removed for DNA analysis, and if free of any genetic disorder (like cystic fibrosis, Down’s Syndrome, or being the wrong sex) the remaining embryo is reimplanted in the womb where it may develop to term.

    Initially Lanza used a number of frozen embryos for his testing, discarding the human embryos at the conclusion of the human experimentation.

    Josef Mengele would have loved this guy.

  • Carl Vehse

    This alleged “breakthrough” is from the same Robert Lanza and his research team who reported a similar breakthrough in 2006.

    Check the LCMS website (http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=10488) for a discussion of the 2006 announcement. This latest PR appears to be more of the same.

    The referenced WSJ article says nothing about the embryo coming to term after Lanza and his team removed one cell.

    What it refers to is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). where a cell from a human embryo is removed for DNA analysis, and if free of any genetic disorder (like cystic fibrosis, Down’s Syndrome, or being the wrong sex) the remaining embryo is reimplanted in the womb where it may develop to term.

    Initially Lanza used a number of frozen embryos for his testing, discarding the human embryos at the conclusion of the human experimentation.

    Josef Mengele would have loved this guy.


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