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Stem cells developed in Brazil without need of embryos
CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Brasilia, Feb 5, 2009

Posted on 02/06/2009 5:19:20 AM PST by GonzoII

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Stem cells developed in Brazil without need of embryos


.- Brazilian media reported this week that at least five groups of scientists are developing stem cells without using human embryos, thanks to a technique that uses human pluripotent stem cells (iPS) being developed in United States, Germany, Japan and China.

At the end of January, a group of scientists led by Stevens Rehen of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Martin Bonamino of the Division of Experimental Medicine of the National Institute of Cancer, were able to cultivate human pluripotent stem cells, that is, cells capable of developing into any kind of tissue.

Other groups in Brazil, such as the Department of Medicine at the University of Sao Paulo also announced they have been able to cultivate the iPS cells.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: medical; medicine; stemcellresearch; stemcells

1 posted on 02/06/2009 5:19:21 AM PST by GonzoII
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping.


2 posted on 02/06/2009 5:19:58 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

The Democrats will continue to use “stem cell research” as an excuse of infanticide.


3 posted on 02/06/2009 5:23:08 AM PST by SolidWood ("NO on the stimulus package" Governor Palin said.)
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To: SolidWood

“The Democrats will continue to use “stem cell research” as an excuse of infanticide.”

Perhpas so, but I also fear opponents will claim this is still unacceptable tinkering with life.


4 posted on 02/06/2009 5:44:39 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: gracesdad
Perhpas so, but I also fear opponents will claim this is still unacceptable tinkering with life.

You 'fear' opponents will claim??? What does 'tinkering with life' mean?

5 posted on 02/06/2009 5:46:30 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts

You ‘fear’ opponents will claim??? What does ‘tinkering with life’ mean?

“Yes” “I” “fear.” Phew, used up my “quote” marks.

Anyway, if scientists have developed cells that can turn into any kind of tissue, isn’t that life in some form? I personally applaud these scientists and this development, but there are those out there who won’t.


6 posted on 02/06/2009 5:52:13 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: gracesdad
“Yes” “I” “fear.” Phew, used up my “quote” marks. Anyway, if scientists have developed cells that can turn into any kind of tissue, isn’t that life in some form? I personally applaud these scientists and this development, but there are those out there who won’t.

Did you not hear Bama, he won, and the scientific methodology is back. Who do you think is going to stop the gods of science? You just wait until the Bamamites socialize health care. Their created life forms will leave you and your fears at the back of the bus.

7 posted on 02/06/2009 6:05:15 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: gracesdad
Anyway, if scientists have developed cells that can turn into any kind of tissue, isn’t that life in some form? I personally applaud these scientists and this development, but there are those out there who won’t.

I disagree. We're not talking about fertilized eggs, embryos, or cloning here. This is an amazing breakthrough and will be welcomed by the pro-life side ... but will be rejected by those that insist that only embryonic stem cells are worth anything.

8 posted on 02/06/2009 6:38:19 AM PST by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: gracesdad
Anyway, if scientists have developed cells that can turn into any kind of tissue, isn’t that life in some form?

No.

Adult stem-cells harvested from placenta or bone marrow have the exact same properties (they can turn into any kind of tissue). They are no more "life" than any other cell, like a red-blood cell or a liver cell.

Adult stem-cells have been used for over a decade now in research and therapy and have shown wonderful results.

No one in the pro-life movement is upset by their use, and no one will be upset by the new stem-cell technology in this story.

But proponents of embryonic stem-cells will claim that pro-lifers will have a problem with this in order to paint pro-lifers as anti-science and anti-stem-cell overall.

9 posted on 02/06/2009 6:49:00 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: SolidWood

“The Democrats will continue to use “stem cell research” as an excuse of infanticide.”

Oh, it goes beyond that. For the Left, the main purpose of “stem-cell research” to make the case that abortion is necessary to find cures, heal damaged tissues and/or develop medicines. Killing babies is for the good of us all!

This is part of a mindset that some must be sacrificed for a Common Good that of course is ultimately determined by Philosopher Kings in the government.

There is also a subset of Brave New World-ers who advocate that human beings be created for the express purposes of harvesting their tissues for research and treatment for those lucky enough to be deemed worthy of being born by these same Philosopher Kings.

And yet we are the ones deemed heartless by insisting that birth control consist of not doing things that will make a baby unless you are willing/able to take care of it — that choice begins and ends at conception.


10 posted on 02/06/2009 10:08:39 AM PST by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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