Skip to comments.A Nobel winner's moral achievement
Posted on 10/12/2012 5:55:11 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
WASHINGTON -- Shinya Yamanaka, a scientist at Kyoto University, loved stem-cell research. But he didn't want to destroy embryos. So he figured out a way around the problem. In a paper published five years ago in Cell, Yamanaka and six colleagues showed how "induced pluripotent stem cells" could be derived from adult cells and potentially substituted, in research and therapy, for embryonic stem cells. This week, that discovery earned him a Nobel Prize, shared with British scientist John Gurdon. But the prize announcement and much of the media coverage missed half the story. Yamanaka's venture wasn't just an experiment. It was a moral project.
In the introduction to their Cell paper, Yamanaka and his colleagues outlined their reasons for seeking an alternative to conventional embryonic stem-cell research. "Ethical controversies" came first in their analysis. Technical reasons -- the difficulty of making patient-specific embryonic stem cells -- came second. After the paper's publication, Yamanaka told a personal story, related by The New York Times:
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God is smiling on Dr. Yamanaka—That’s all that really matters.
A human. A mensch. I think he's like what God wants us to be.
This says as much about the media and the Nobel prize comittee as it does Yamanaka.
wow. I never would have known about this if not for the FR.
that’s why we luv us some FR.
Makes it sound like anybody who objects to killing fetuses is just worried about Dr. Fronkensteen.
While there may be some people out there worried about these things, the vast majority of pro-lifers object to the destruction of live humans for purposes of research.
As the article says, pro-lifers have hailed his work, not objected to it.
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