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Friday, May 26, 2006 - Stem Cell Guru

To round off a week where I've picked stories that featured various stem cell therapies, an article from 'Healthcare News' caught my eye. Or rather the attention grabbing headlne did.

'Embryonic Stem Cell Hucksters Exploit Misery'.

At first glance it would appear to be a rant solely aginst embryonic stem cells but this isn't the case. The author is Michael Fumento is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. His reason for writing the article isn't to support a particular side in the adult vs. embryonic stem cell debate, but rather to rile against innacurate or misleading reporting in both fields. I.e. the type of reporting that can falsely raise hopes or whether, delibertely or through ignorance, purvey an incorrect, innaccurate message.

An example given in the article is from late March 2006 when German researchers announced they had isolated adult stem cells from mice testes; those cells appear to have tremendous potential to become all cells of the body. The Washington Post headline? 'Embryonic Stem Cell Success: In Mouse Experiment, Cells from Testes Are Transformed'

If even respected newpapers such as the Washington Post are getting confused, what hope is there for the average 'man in the street' when it comes to understanding advances in both types of research?

Click to read 'Embryonic Stem Cell Hucksters Exploit Misery' by Michael Fumento


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