[asa] From Science and Religion Today

From: Dick Fischer <dickfischer@verizon.net>
Date: Tue Mar 03 2009 - 14:36:20 EST

FYI, from Science and Religion Today


through.html> Another Stem Cell Breakthrough


Doctors in Canada and Scotland report that they've found a new way to use
skin cells to create stem cells that seem to have the same potential as
embryonic stem cells-namely, the ability to become nearly any tissue in the
body. It's a promising breakthrough both scientifically and ethically: Using
skin cells as the starting point bypasses the moral debate surrounding the
creation and destruction of embryos.


The research, led by Dr. Andras Nagy of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto,
builds on earlier studies by Japanese and U.S. scientists. They showed it
was possible to create stem cells from skin cells, but to get the
reprogramming genes into the skin cells, they had to inject viruses that
would deliver the genes. Using viruses led to problems like an increased
risk of cancer and damaged DNA. The new method eliminates the use of viruses
(using a "jumping gene" instead), making it safer and causing no damage to
healthy cells.


Dick Fischer, GPA president

Genesis Proclaimed Association

"Finding Harmony in Bible, Science and History"




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