Thursday, June 7, 2007

Hope you all saw this report on a stem cell technology breakthrough, and this one, too.

So, just because I'm being exceptionally contrary today, here's a question: Do you all think that we would have discovered the set of proteins necessary to reset a differentiated cell back to an embryonic form as quickly as we did if there hadn't been a US ban on embryonic stem cell research?

Yeah, I know it's a Japanese group that made the breakthrough. But it certainly leverages a lot of US research from the last few years. Also, just for the record, I thought the ESC ban was idiotic. But sometimes the law of unintended consequences actually works in your favor.

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