Could Generate Body Repair Kit
"A small company in London, UK, claims to have developed
a technique that overturns scientific dogma and could
revolutionise medicine. It says it can turn ordinary blood
into cells capable of regenerating damaged or diseased
tissues. This could transform the treatment of everything
from heart disease to Parkinson's."
Cloning Marches On, Without U.S. Help
by Nicholas Wade
"The production of
the first human cloned embryo in Seoul last week marked
a fine achievement for South Korean scientists. But it
underlines the price the United States may pay for its
unresolved debate over human embryonic stem cells: if
American researchers lose their technical lead, Washington
will also forfeit the chance to set the ethical rules
of the game."
to Continue Controversial Research: Use of Aborted Fetal Cells
Prompts Probe at Catholic Institution
by Amy Argetsinger and Avram Goldstein
"The letter last fall from an antiabortion group posed
an unexpected quandary for Georgetown University Medical Center.
A Florida-based group wrote to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick
of Washington that some scientists at Georgetown, a Catholic
university, were doing research using cells derived from aborted
fetuses...In a recommendation that scholars said could mark
a first in Catholic medical research in the United States,
Georgetown has decided to let those researchers continue their
by Academy President Bruce Alberts on Renewed U.N. Debate
on a Proposed Global Ban on Cloning Research
"The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has joined 66
other members of the InterAcademy Panel, a worldwide organization
of science academies, in asking the United Nations General
Assembly to refrain from again taking up a proposed resolution
that would call upon nations to outlaw all research on cloning,
whether it be for therapeutic or human reproductive purposes.
After an earlier failed attempt to do so, the government of
Costa Rica intends to reintroduce such a resolution this week."