Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Newest Developments in Stem Cell Research

The new methods, detailed Sunday in the online edition of the journal Nature, seek to obtain the cells without destroying embryos.

The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, which advocates federal funding of stem cell research, cautioned that despite the goal of avoiding ethical quandaries, the new approaches "will not sit well with many who oppose embryonic stem cell research."

An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the two reported techniques still raise ethical objections, although a spokesman for a group of Roman Catholic bioethicists called one of them a step in the right direction.

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