I couldn’t sleep, so I just read what Senator Harkin posted on the Huffington Post blog (I read it to see what those on the other side of the debate are thinking – caution, be prepared to ranting, raving in the comments section. Definitely full of anti-Bush lingo with some profanity.) The post title was “Bringing the Hopes of Stem Cell Research One Giant Step Closer to Reality”. The predictably goes on to ramble about the virtue of embryonic stem cell research.
“They grow fast, as fast as embryonic stem cells, and they show great
pluripotentiality,” meaning they can become many kinds of tissues, said study
leader Anthony Atala, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at
Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. “But they
remain stable for years without forming tumors,” he added, something that
embryonic cells are not very good at.”