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Proposed Ban on Human Cloning and Animal-Human Hybrids

November 7, 2013

State Representative Andy Thompson of 95th District in Ohio has just introduced H.B. 308, a ban on the practice of human cloning and on the laboratory creation of animal-human hybrids. This will actually be the third recent attempt to pass such legislation, with two previous tries held up in various... View Article

Continued Progress with Adult Stem Cells

October 10, 2011

By Center for Bioethics Fellow Dr. Heather Kuruvilla. A recent update reminds us that applications of adult stem cells to treat human diseases continue to progress. Cellerix is a biotechnology company that has adult stem cells in various stages of human testing. This means we may see new therapies on... View Article

Stem Cell Showdown

August 25, 2010

In a dramatic ruling, a federal district court judge has blocked the Obama administration’s new guidelines on embryonic stem cell research. Judge Royce C. Lamberth issued a temporary injunction on August 23rd to prevent federal funding of embryo-destructive research, this in spite of an executive order by the president to... View Article

The British Cord Blood Dilemma

April 21, 2009

It’s ironic that the United Kingdom, one of the countries on the forefront of new biomedical research, (including embryo-destructive stem cell research), has no organized system for utilizing one of the best sources of stems cells: umbilical cord blood. Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, the wife of Britain’s Liberal Democrat leader Nick... View Article

On Oprah, No Less!

April 1, 2009

Sometimes the truth has a way of getting out. On March 29th, Michael J. Fox and Dr. Oz were guests on the Oprah show. The topic, of course, was stem cell research. The medical expert used a real preserved brain to show the area of the midbrain affected by Parkinson’s... View Article

The Elephant in the Room

March 31, 2009

On March 9th, President Obama followed through on a campaign promise and issued an executive order. His signature overturned the ban, established in August, 2001, on government funding of embryo-destructive research. His speech at the signing ceremony was remarkable, not for his action (which was expected), but for what he... View Article

Maybe Not So Good News?

January 12, 2008

In a recent post, entitled “Good News for Everyone,” we rejoiced over the news that two independent teams of researchers had converted ordinary human skin cells into embryonic stem cells. They started out with human fibroblasts, then inserted four genes that caused the cells to become pluripotent, that is, to... View Article

Good News for Everyone

December 6, 2007

Recently, with Christmas still over a month away, two independent teams of scientists gave the world an early holiday present. And this is a gift that may keep on giving for years to come. I’m talking, of course, about the announcment on November 20th that researchers had converted ordinary human... View Article

Gambling on Stem Cell Research

November 1, 2007

In a surprising development for the Garden State, a recent poll shows that nearly half of New Jersey citizens want to leave. Economic factors such as high property taxes, high health-insurance premiums, and expensive housing are making emigration more and more appealing, especially to the middle-class. The solution? Governor John... View Article