Stem cells without embryos


This came out two weeks ago, and it's huge news, I've been spending a lot of time in the internet lately, and this is the first I've heard of it. Scientists at Scripps Research Institute in California have found a way to turn differentiated adult cells into stem-cells using a newly discovered compound called reversine. The primary argument for scientific research on embryos, which many pro-life people believe are fully persons and therefore have the rights of persons, was to procure stem-cells for research without having to take cells from aborted fetuses. In the mind of the pro-life person, this solution wasn't much better. President Bush's mediating proposal was not to create any embryos for this purpose but to be able to use cells from embryos that had been created but didn't survive. Now there seems to be a new way to get these cells. Why do the major news outlets (and even the minor ones, from what I can tell) not consider this immensely important?


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